Come along and browse our Christmas Gift Shop for a variety of presents and cards, from a range of prices starting at £4. Plus stop for tea and cake whilst you shop. It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!
This summer we held our third annual Family Fun Day in Fairford Leys.
On the 17th June, one of the hottest days of the year, we had a number of stalls, a bouncy castle, BBQ and circus and magic sessions.
The musicians who performed throughout the day were fantastic and gave the day a lively atmosphere.
Thanks to the support of the Fairford Leys community and our supporters, we raised £1000 – a successful day!
Our next Fairford Leys Event will be our Quiz Night on the 27th January 2018.
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and for battling the heat!
On a grey and damp Thursday in July, I made my way to Crystal Palace Park at 6.30 a.m to meet up with 29 other riders and our tour organisers for the first time, to embark on a 3 day ride from London to Paris. I didn’t really know what to expect but as we got underway I quickly matched up with another lone rider of about the same fitness. Despite the early start we had a bit of time pressure on day 1 as we had to get to Newhaven in time for the ferry! The ride was challenging having to cross the south downs and, despite the sun coming out for the afternoon, we had to fight some fairly significant cross and head winds but we rolled down to the check in with about half an hour or so to spare. With the 4 hour ferry journey and the change in time arriving in France it was gone midnight before we were tucked up in our beds.
The second day was the shortest ride and with no time constraints we had the luxury of a 10 o’clock start. It remained sunny all day and the route took us through some really beautiful French countryside. The wind however kept up and, especially in the afternoon, the terrain was definitely undulating!
The final day was another early start as we had over 70 miles to cover. The morning was once again a bit grey and dismal, at times we all just put our heads down and pedaled, at others we came together in small groups to chat and cycle together which really helped on some of the harder sections. We had covered 46 miles by lunch time, over half the day’s distance, as the second section would be significantly slower winding through Paris suburbs and on to the city centre. The rain petered out and it became pleasantly bright for the rest of our journey. Negotiating the Paris traffic was “interesting” especially towards the end when we were trying to stay together but finally the Eiffel Tower came into full view. This was an amazing feeling although it was difficult to take it in and concentrate. We ended our ride at the furthest end of the Champs de Mars park from the Tower where we were greeted by friends and family that had come for support.
This was certainly a challenging event but it was also an amazing experience. It was so well organised that we really had nothing to worry about except the riding, all the others taking part were great company and it’s something I would really recommend to anyone that might be considering it.
By Gill Nord
This July Gill Nord is taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris, all for Karibuni. That’s 181 miles!
The cycle will take 3 days from the 20th – 23rd July and the journey will finish in Paris in time for the final stage of the Tour de France.
Gill is a keen cyclist, but has never covered such a huge distance or cycled for 3 days in a row!
Please donate generously and support Gill as she takes on the adventure! You can find her donation page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gilliannord
Good luck Gill!
Robert Murithi Kamwara, was sponsored by Karibuni through the Tharaka Children and Women’s Welfare Programme.
He went on to study for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Meru University, which he was awarded three years ago.
Karibuni funded his Bachelor degree, but on cost grounds we have a policy to finance only one such qualification per young person.
However, Robert has now graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Finance Option!
He financed the degree himself, by taking part time jobs, including lecturing at the University.
What an achievement, congratulations Robert!
Karibuni is helping students who have been supported throughout their school life to become employed and start their own independent careers through a sponsorship scheme.
Many students need further training on completion of their schooling at University, college or in a vocation.
We are looking for sponsors to provide more secure funding to students at this stage.
Typically, sponsors have offered between £20 and £50 a month, to fully or partially sponsor an individual, or an equivalent annual sum.
Karibuni has already supported a number of students through to this point. They range from those starting careers with top international firms to those looking to set up their own businesses.
We are now looking for sponsors for the next academic year, starting in September, when we expect to have 14 students proceeding to further training.
Last year we piloted the scheme at two centres and we are hoping to start extending the scheme to other Karibuni projects if we get enough support.
We are now looking for sponsors for 14 young people who will be moving onto further education courses later this year.
Each case is different. Here’s how Makena, who runs the Tusaidie Watoto project, described one of last year’s sponsored girls:
“Lydia is pursuing a Certificate in Community Health Nursing. She joined Tusaidie Watoto Nursery at the tender age of 5 years. Her mother sells vegetables by the road side to earn a living and that is how she has been able to support her family. While in Primary school, you would see Lydia at the roadside selling vegetables with her mother and yet she would always have books by her side to read if they were not busy. She is a jovial character with a smile always on her face. She is also hard working and has told me several times that she would love to build her mother a house and to change the family’s lifestyle.”
If you would like to know more, please email Robert and Penny Smith at email@example.com or call them on 01235 200402