A big thank you to Kimberley Biley (aged 9) and Alan Biley (Kimberley’s Uncle) for taking part in a charity bike ride, raising £225 for Karibuni. What a fantastic effort and poster!
At a meeting with members of the Sixth Form of Aylesbury High School, Chairman of Karibuni Children, John Cotton, was presented with a cheque for £6,000 by Head Girl, Alice Crafts.
The money was raised by the Sixth Form for its ‘Good Cause’ and by other students providing refreshments at school events throughout the last twelve months. In July of this year, while on a school trip to their link school in Kenya, a party of sixth formers on their return journey to Nairobi, visited two of the projects supported by Karibuni and saw for themselves what is being achieved.
Responding to the presentation, John Cotton said he was “bowled over” by the terrific sum which had been raised. It would make a big difference to the charity and the children it supports: for example it would cover the cost of educating thirty children at Secondary School for a year.
John Peak, who with his wife Elaine has had a long friendship with Bill and Joy, decided, at the age of 68, to undertake a long distance walk from Land’s End to Northlew (where he and his wife live) in aid of Karibuni and in memory of Bill Murphy. When he set out he wasn’t sure whether he could do it. Well, he did and what’s more he’s raised almost £2,000 for Karibuni Children.
More than 80 people, and two church collections, contributed to the total.
John says: ” The Karibuni concept of being relatively small, keeping a close eye on the projects and keeping the overheads low appeals to a great number of people in this part of the world where incomes are low and funds are tight. They know what it is like to go without.”
He adds: ” It has been a great privilege to be part of something which benefits so many in Kenya, a place which is dear to my heart.”
On 23rd July Peter Wells and his daughter Catherine set off for a trip to Kenya and Tanzania. While there they will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,341 feet above sea level the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The climb will raise money for Karibuni Children. We wish them every success.
In sweltering temperatures, on Sunday 14th July nine people ran the British 10k London Run to raise funds for Karibuni Children. This was the first time that Karibuni had entered runners for this highly popular event and it proved a great success. Everyone got round in good times and it is already clear that significant amounts have been raised to support the charity’s work amongst very poor children in Kenya.
A big thank you to Hazeldene Lower School, Bedford which has raised yet more funds for the Tusaidie Watoto Nursery School in Nairobi. Having previously raised money for a new water tower, this time Hazeldene Lower School has raised nearly £270 which will be used to purchase much needed new classroom furniture for the Kibera shanty-slum based Nursery School. The money was raised by a ‘Bad Hair Day’ at the school. Both children and teachers took part, with some spectacular results – click on this link to see pictures taken on the day:
Gareth and Sally, who came with us to Kenya this year, remained behind for a few more months. They were a real tonic on the visit – playing with the children and relating well to all they met; and bringing fresh eyes and thoughts to situations we came across. As this is being written we got an e-mail from them – Gareth writes:
My fiancée, Sally, and I are currently travelling around Africa for 6 months – in fact she was only my girlfriend when we left England, we got engaged last month! We had the privilege of spending 3 weeks with Karibuni Children in February this year, accompanying them on their annual pilgrimage to Kenya to visit all 14 projects they support. Whilst we knew a little of what the charity aims to do, these few weeks really gave us an insight into how much difference the charity makes to so many children in Kenya.
We found the trip very distressing at times – we visited families living in abject poverty where 7 people slept in a space no bigger than a cupboard under the stairs, not knowing from to day to day where their next meal was coming from. With help from Karibuni Children they are able to send their children to school where they are educated and fed. The experience we had with Karibuni was certainly difficult, having to see such poverty, but we loved every second of meeting the children the Charity supports and being able to see how happy they are to be given the opportunity of an education and a better future.
The thing that struck me most and the reason I am so happy to be able to raise some money for Karibuni is that every single penny donated to the Trust goes straight to the neediest people. Karibuni Trustees visit all their projects every year and ensure that the money is being spent in the best possible way – not always easy in Kenya – and I don’t believe that the charity could do any more to ensure this is the case.
As part of our African adventure, Sally and I will be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in June to try and raise some much needed funds for the charity. The more I read about Kili and the more I speak to people who have done it, I wish I had just decided to do a sponsored silence instead! So we would be really grateful for any to donations to help us get to the top!’ http://www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Mander
STOP PRESS! An e-mail has just arrived from Sally and Gareth – they have reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro! Sally wrote:
‘You‘ll be pleased to know Gareth and I made it to the summit at about 7am on Sunday morning.(03 June) All I can say is that the last 7 hours to the summit were exhausting and something that I don’t think either of us want to repeat again in a rush! Sponsorship money is still coming in so hopefully we will hit target. We will of course keep plugging it.’
A Total of more than six thousand pounds has been raised by Priory Methodist Church for the Karibuni Children from
numerous fund-raising events held during the past year. The church, in Newnham Avenue, Bedford, recently presented a cheque to Michael Carr, the national fund-raising co-ordinator, the Rev. Maureen Jones, mission partner in Kenya for the Methodist Church, and eileen Davis, the co-ordinator at Priory.
Events at Priory for the whole family have contributed to the fund-raising. “we are delighted with the amount raised,” said Mrs Davis.