Patricia Heaney (right)
... who has twice baked and sold a truly amazing range of delicious Brazilian food, thereby raising £385 for us. Thank you, Patricia! ... and her little helper.
Gill Facey (below)
... for asking that everyone helping her to celebrate her 60th birthday should do so by donating to us. A handsome £1,060 was raised! Thank you, Gill, and thank you to your friends.
Issie, Rosie, Edward and friends
... for spending hours and hours making bracelets and then selling them at school. Their efforts raised an amazing £62.43! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and efforts. And not forgetting, of course, to thank all those children who bought one.
... for creating and raffling this beautiful bouquet of flowers which raised £31.50. Enough to help us put a primary school child through school for a year. Thank you!
... for making this delicious cake which we raffled for £130. This sum is enough to put three children through primary school for a year. It is wonderful what a cake can do!
Thank you to the family of the late and much-missed David Dixon, a long-time supporter of this charity, for asking for donations to Les Amis instead of flowers when he was laid to rest. £866 was raised in this way, a sum of which we know that David would be both proud and happy.
Thank you to the Year 3 children of St Edmund's Catholic Primary in Godalming who undertook some really great sponsored challenges in support of Les Amis. They had to choose between a spelling challenge (how many tricky words could they spell correctly from a list of 20?), or a times tables challenge (how many correct answers could they get in 10 minutes using tables up to the 12 times table?) and, finally, a fitness challenge (how many laps of the school playground could they run in 10 minutes?). Who would have guessed that such a simple and straight-forward idea, and so practical too, would raise the £926 that they raised?! Thank you, Year Three!
Thank you to James (below right) who was so inspired by Fr Paul's visit to St Edmund's Catholic Primary, to do some fundraising for us. He organised a cake sale which raised a whopping £88! Thank you, James, and everyone who bought a delicious cake.
Thank you, Judy Collins, for putting on a fabulous 'Pop-Up Supper' which was attended by over 40 of her friends and neighbours and which raised a super £1,186 for Les Amis.
Mollie, Alice and Joe
Thank you to Mollie, Alice and Joe for holding a book and cake sake which raised a brilliant £307. This will buy a cow or put a child through primary school for six years. WOW!
Thank you to everyone of Butler House at Worth School for their wonderful fundraising efforts which resulted in a cheque in the sum of £1,031 being presented to Gillie. In a brief assembly to the House, she outlined the kind of things which this sum could cover. For instance, the cost of …
… supporting four women and their disabled children for a year as part of our Yoann Foundation (housing, physiotherapy, food)
… looking after six young women/girls at the refuge for runaways for a year (housing, clothes, food, training in a craft)
… buying four cows / donkeys
… supporting five orphaned secondary school girls for a year (school fees, boarding costs, clothes, food, housing)
… supporting 20 primary school girls for a year (school fees, equipment, school lunch)
Suffice to say that £1,000 goes a long way!
Happy Birthday ...
Determined to raise some much-needed funds for a home for girls in the parish of Boulsa, Jude invited her friends to help her to celebrate her birthday and raise some money in the process. The event, which included an auction, raised a wonderful £3,330 which Les Amis matched, bringing the total to a terrific £6,660. Thank you, Jude!
St Mary's Parish, Chiddingfold
Thank you to the children of St Mary's Parish in Chiddingfold for putting together a box of extremely useful things for Gillie to take to Burkina Faso the next time she travels there. The box included things such as travel-sized toiletries, a hairbrush, tissues, plasters and, very importantly, sweeties! Thank you all so much.
St Edmund's Cyclists ...
Thank you to Rosie, Sophie, Millie, Nina, Lauren, Hannah and Beth (of St Edmund's Catholic Primary School in Godalming) who undertook a sponsored cycle ride to raise money for Les Amis. Between them they managed to cycle 60 miles and in the process raise £500.
Here are some examples of what we can do with that £500 ….
· buy two cows (essential to the lives of farmers and therefore families and communities)
· put two secondary school girls through school for a whole year (food, clothes, school fees, boarding facilities)
· put ten primary school girls through school for a whole year (school fees and school equipment)
· take care of three girls in the refuge for runaways for a whole year (food, clothes, teaching them to read and write and also learn a skill)
There are so many people we need to thank that it is hard to know where to start. At the very least we would like to thank all of you who contribute to the steady stream of donations, both big and small; those of you who have set up regular monthly payments into our account and those who hold fundraising events for us. At the end of the day it is YOU who are achieving so much on our behalf.
It goes without saying that we thank the many people in Burkina Faso who work so tirelessly and voluntarily for us - without them and all that they do for us we quite simply would not be able to achieve anything.