If you would like to get involved with Karibuni this section will help. You may want to raise money organising a fundraising event, give an illustrated talk about our work, help at or visit one of the Karibuni events, assist with the general running of the charity, become a Karibuni Area Representative or go on one of our working trips to Kenya.
Some recent supporter stories
One of the most unusual and demanding ongoing fund
LATEST! Rowan Purrett, aged twelve, Peak to Peak fundraiser – the penultimate peak!
One of the most unusual and demanding ongoing fund raising events is Peak a Week. Rowan Purrett, aged twelve, lives on Skye. He is a keen walker and has committed to raise money for Karibuni Children by climbing 79 Scottish peaks in 79 weeks. Rowan started on his 11th birthday in September 2017 and has now climbed 78 peaks, each one 2,000 feet plus high. Here’s a great video about Rowan, put together when he was half way through his target number of peaks: https://youtu.be/EvVHQoXG7xw He’s now almost there, with just the 4,400 feet high Ben Nevis to climb later+ -
A big thank you to Kimberley Biley (aged 9)
Kimberley Biley’s sponsored bike ride
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
Aylesbury High School raises £6,000 for Karibuni Children
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+ -
John Peak, who with his wife Elaine has had
John Peak’s Land’s End to Northlew walk raises £2000!
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+ -
On 23rd July Peter Wells and his daughter Catherine
Karibuni supporters climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Karibuni Children
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. You can read more about what motivated them to attempt this climb and help them reach their sponsorship target by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterWells3+ -
In sweltering temperatures, on Sunday 14th July nine people
London run for Karibuni
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
Bad Hair day raises £270!
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: https://www.hazeldeneschool.co.uk/news/MadhairDay.html+ -
Gareth and Sally, who came with us to Kenya
Gareth and Sally
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+ -
A Total of more than six thousand pounds has
Priory raises £6,410 for Karibuni
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. Since the presentation we’ve been advised that the sum raised has now reached+ -
Students from Aylesbury Music Centre performed a concert to
Flute Quartet “QUATTRO” raise £519 for Karibuni
Students from Aylesbury Music Centre performed a concert to raise funds for the Karibuni Children on Saturday 6 March 2010 at Aylesbury Methodist Church. The talented young people aged from 14 to 18 performed a range of different music on flutes, oboes and bassoons. The Flute Choir (with 17 players) started and ended the concert with a lively selection of pieces including “The Flute of the Bumble Bee”. Flute players also played individually, in a trio and as “Quattro”. “Grenadilla” is a group of oboe and bassoon players who also performed as an oboe trio and a quartet of oboes and bassoons.+ -
Two brothers, David (29) and Stephen (28) Heylings from
Dave & Steve Heylings Bikes on Kenya
Two brothers, David (29) and Stephen (28) Heylings from Gloucestershire, have raised nearly £1500 for Karibuni Children by becoming the first Britons to conquer Mount Kenya on two wheels and cycle down. The feat has only ever been achieved before by the Swiss Hansjörg Rey with Canadian Richie Schley in 2004. They overnighted near Nanyuki before cycling to Old Moses Hut (10830 ft) where they spent a day acclimatising. Baboons were seen on route, as was evidence of elephant and buffalo. By choosing to use the Sirimon Track, they had a gradual approach to ‘base camp’ at Shipton’s Hut+ -
Whatever you do, no matter how small, you can a make real difference.There are hundreds of ways you can support our fundraising efforts! Take a look at some of the ideas below.
First – create your own fundraising page
Create your own fundraising page with Virgin and invite friends and family to sponsor you.
Please click on the logo and register:
Then organise an event
Charity fundraising ideas come in all shapes and sizes.
Here are some ideas to help start you thinking what you could do:
Bingo night, Charity car wash, Charity cookbook, Fundraising Auction, Fetes and Fairs, Coffee morning, Garden party, Safari Supper, Charity Meal at local restaurant, Family fun day, Quiz night.
Fundraise at school
Fundraise at school
Whatever the age group, there are many ways nurseries, schools and colleges can raise money.
Organise an event, such as an ‘X Factor’ style contest or a variety night.
Have one of our collection boxes in the classroom or staff room. You will be amazed at how much you can collect!
If your school has a Charity of the Year, why not see if you can nominate us next year.
Fundraise at your club
If you are a member of a local organisation, like a Rotary club, Scout group or golf club, then we would love for you to get together with your members and raise money for Karibuni
Organise a fundraising event – how about a fundraising dinner or a quiz night?
Get your members sponsored to do something – maybe a sponsored slim or bicycle ride.
Take a box of our cards to sell amongst the group.
Fundraise at work
Fundraising at work can be a great way to get to know your colleagues better, improve inter-department communications and even introduce some healthy competition.
Here are just a few ideas of ways you can support us at work:
Have a ‘fine box’ for swearing, forgetting to re-load the photocopier or not passing on a message.
Organise a dress-down day or ″spot the baby’competition.
Sponsor the boss to make the tea all day.
Organise a team to take part in a fundraising event.
Have a collection box on your till or in your staff room.
Sell our Karibuni Christmas cards at work.
Many employers offer ‘matched funding’, instantly doubling any funds you raise, so don’t forget to check with your company before starting any fundraising efforts.
Your company may also have a Charity of the Year scheme. Perhaps you could consider nominating Karibuni for next year’s adoption.
Fundraise at your pub
One of the most simple and effective ways of raising continuous funds for us is to put out collection boxes on your bar areas.
The classic pub quiz:
This is a popular and proven way to raise money for charity. Simply devise a quiz (or get one off the internet), advertise and enjoy an evening of trivia.
Darts or pool competition:
Make it a prize competition and pull in the customers for a small donation to Karibuni.
Karaoke or talent night:
Ask for donations to enter and get the crowd to show their approval in pounds too.
Arrange a friendly with a rival pub to see who wins on the pitch and on the fundraising card.
Getting started, things to consider when organising a fundraising event:
Make sure your event is fun and appeals to the people you want to raise money from.
Planning well in advance will give you the chance to promote your event and gain more interest. Check to make sure that there are no other similar events happening in your area at the same time.
Set a target for the amount of money you want to raise. Think about any costs you may have when organising the event and stick to your budget.
Ask friends, family and local businesses to donate their skills, help you organise your event, or donate items and prizes.
Invite as many people as you can and ask them to bring their friends and family. You could also put posters up in your local area or contact your local paper.
Take the time to think about any possible risks and work out solutions to them. The chances are you won’t have to use them, but a little bit of forward planning can prevent such situations occurring.
Insurance and licences
Some activities require licenses or permission from the land owner such as carol singing or raffles, make sure you have met the appropriate requirements and if your event is potentially hazardous you must have the correct insurance in place. For more information do contact Karibuni.
When collecting sponsorship, put the form with the highest donation on top or ask your generous friends to donate first. Hopefully others will be inspired to follow their example. Download Karibuni sponsorship forms here or set up online at Virgin link above.
Ask your sponsors to gift aid their donations. You’ll get the most out of your sponsorship and so will we as we receive an extra 25% with no extra cost to anyone.
Thank your guests
Please say a big thanks to all your supporters from Karibuni for their contribution will make a real difference to the lives of the people we work with.
Don’t forget to tell us!
Karibuni has so many wonderful supporters and we would love to hear what you are doing. If you are planning an event or have already done one, then please do get in touch, we would love to see photographs and hear your stories – putting your stories on our website may encourage others to do the same!