For International Women’s Day we celebrate Faith and her Mum Felista. Both were born with no hands or feet but do not let it hinder their dreams in life. Faith has beautiful writing, runs around all day and is position 1 out of 52 in her class. Felista has set the most amazing example for Faith – taking on every challenge with determination. She cooks, chops wood, works on their farm, looks after their goats, has made improvements to their home and so much more. Faith and Felista inspire us every day and following some exciting news we will announce next week, they are set to inspire hundreds of others❤️
This picture was taken at the airport prior to our first ever GEF trip to Kenya in March 2015 Karen Soppitt has been to Kenya with us 3 times and through her fundraising efforts has built houses, got kids into school, started businesses for families and brought children and their parents back to full health. “3 years ago today I set off on my first adventure to Kenya! I knew it was going to be really special, but had no idea of the impact it was going to have on us all. New forever friends made and lots of wonderful memories to cherish. Sad to not be going back this year, but can’t wait to go back in 2019!” I’m 3 weeks time a new crowd (and the ever present hero Alan Brown) will join us in Kenya to Climb Mount Kenya and much more http://gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org/the-kenya-22/
Last chance to sign up for Run Garioch through GEF! Get in touch to claim one of three remaining 10k places.
Today we remember and say farewell to the wonderful Mama Teddy (Joyce) who passed away suddenly last week in Iten. Mama Teddy was always smiling and worked tirelessly to give Teddy a bright future despite challenges. We had been set to build them a new home with our volunteers in July – something which they were both very excited about. We will miss you Mama Teddy and we promise we will always take care of Teddy. To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die❤
“I have the courage to face everything ahead of me. With determination I will reach my destiny.” Some words of wisdom from Humphrey Maina who we are proud to support through university thanks to sponsorship from Chris Carr and his colleagues at Thorpe Molloy Recruitment. http://www.gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org/sponsor-a-child
We are extremely grateful to Global Energy SCS for their generous support towards our Mount Kenya Climb next month. Our volunteers will climb Africa’s second biggest mountain to raise vital funds for the children we support. Thank you to Roy Milne for making this possible! http://www.gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org/the-kenya-22
Stage 2 underway of shipping our donated items to Kenya. Huge thanks to Vlad and Artis of E-Blast Ltd for collecting the items today for them to palletised in preparation for finding a shipping agent. Many thanks also to Fiona Booth for arranging everything.
Huge thanks to Ramsay and Chalmers Structural & Civil Engineering Consultancy for nominating Gathimba Edwards as their chosen charity for 2018. GEF will receive their Dress Down Friday donations at the end of this year. We are incredibly grateful for this support and would also like to thank our lovely volunteer Joy Exton who helped make this happen! http://www.ramsaychalmers.co.uk
Stage 1 complete of hopefully getting all our donated items shipped to Kenya. Huge thanks to Kayleigh, Moira and Fiona for spending this morning packaging up box loads of lovely items. Additional thanks to Fiona and E-Blast Ltd for kindly offering to palletise them free of charge. Once they are palletised the next step will be to source a reasonable quote from a shipping company. We would really appreciate if anyone who’d be willing to support this cost could get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks also to MDT International for their continued office space support!
GEF Volunteer T-shirt Sponsorship Opportunity. We would really appreciate a GEF volunteer t-shirt sponsor for our team who will climb Mount Kenya next month to raise vital funds for our kids. The team will also run a race alongside Kenyan athletes, visit our families, teach in a school for a day and much more. Your logo would be displayed on the t-shirts, our website and social media platforms and you will receive a t-shirt for yourself. Sponsorship is £350. It would be fantastic if any interested companies or individuals could get in touch via email@example.com
Education should be a right, not a privilege. Emmanuel is on his way to school this morning thanks to your support but many others are not and that’s what we want to change http://www.gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org
Happy birthday Gideon Gathimba We thought we’d share this happy birthday from Isaiah who we are supporting through his university degree in Geology. “This man works so hard & pours his heart into everything. In all he does I hope whatever he wishes for comes true because he deserves the world. Happy birthday to our hero Gideon, who has fought for us the voiceless in the society. Thank you for making our lives brighter, we’ll never stop loving and standing with you. We wish you happiness, love and all the best things in life.”
Thanks a lot to Fulham Running Club for supporting our bracelet initiative that is getting kids into school. Big plans coming soon with our bracelets but in the meantime please spread the word that we can make personalised bracelets for your club too
The Aberdeen Movement and Running School are doing something truly special! They are currently sponsoring little Peter to go to school and have bought him bedding, chairs and cooking utensils. Now they would like to build him and his grandmother a house. You can donate via the below link and they have also launched a competition to raise the £3000 needed for this new house. Each donation of £5 via the below link will give you an entry into a prize draw to win one of two 6 week Running Technique courses worth £299 each. Multiple donations are allowed and when the target is reached the winners will be announced on the clinic’s Facebook page as well as them being notified by email. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/littlepetershouse
A Connoisseurs Experience for 4 people at The Glendronach Distillery is up for grabs. It was won in the silent auction at our GEF dinner in 2017 and unfortunately the guest has been unable to use it before the deadline of 28th Feb 2018. He has asked that we pass it on free of charge to a supporter who loves whisky. Please note that the only available slots are Monday-Friday from 11am to 2pm. The Connoisseurs Experience is a rare opportunity to enjoy an in depth distillery tour, followed by a tutored tasting in the company of one of Glendronach’s very experienced tour guides. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to take up this great opportunity.
Huge thanks to the Charpentier family who are currently in Iten on a running holiday but are also dedicating a lot of their time volunteering with GEF. Today they are helping to finish the new house for Nelly and Eugene. Saturday will see them attend our bracelet making training for families and on Sunday they will be delivering locally purchased school supplies to families down the valley. You can create your own volunteer experience with GEF here -www.gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org/create-your-own-trip
Today we remember Mary Jelegat (right) who sadly passed away last week after a long battle with illness. We know she was very proud of what Emmanuel and Ascar are achieving and we as a foundation promise to keep their hopes and dreams alive as they work hard in their respective schools. Thank you to all who have supported this wonderful family. To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die.