They are various ways that you can support us and give a child in Kenya an opportunity they might not otherwise have. Any aid given or amount raised is of great help and is very much appreciated. Below are some ways that you can get involved:
Please make a donation via Total Giving. All amounts are greatly appreciated
£35 per month covers the education, food, clothing and shelter of one of the children we are helping in Kenya
At £10 each our bracelets pay the tuition fees of a child in Kenya for a whole year
Events and trips
Thank you to all 272 runners and their supporters who took part in our cross country running races at Haddo House on Sunday 24th January, your efforts raised £602.05 which has enabled us to pay the tuition fees of 60 primary school children in Kenya for the whole of 2016. Click here for more info.
An evening of inspiring speakers, Scottish & African entertainment & unique prizes. We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our second fundraising dinner. The event will take place on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.
Guest speakers will be former world marathon record holder, Olympic medallist, New York, London and Berlin marathon champion, Wilson Kipsang and Enock Kirop, an inspirational 17 year old who has benefited from the Foundation’s support and also runs our bracelet operations in Kenya. Former world 5,000m record holder Dave Moorcroft will be in attendance again, this time as compere of the evening’s proceedings. With Wilson Kipsang, Gideon Gathimba and Dave Moorcroft attending, there will be three former world record holders present at the event as well as GEF’s Peter Githingi who has helped over 1,000 children through his work with street children, Scouts and the Chaka Youth Football Project in Kenya.
To find out what else will be happening on the night as well as how the £42,000 raised at the 2015 event has changed the lives of our children, please click here.
Breakout Games – February (annual)
Thank you to all who attended our Breakout Games event on Sunday 20th February 2016, to Sarah Simpson and Karen Soppitt for organising and to Hollie and the team at Breakout Games who kindly agreed to make a donation of £4 to GEF for every person that booked a game that day. The event raised an incredible £496.90 which will pay the tuition fees of 7 children for a whole year and also provide all 23 children at the Pavilion Village children’s home with breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 weeks. For more info on this fun and challenging activity for people of all ages, please click here.
Pub Quiz – March (annual)
We can’t quite believe what was achieved thanks to all of you who attended and supported our first ever pub quiz on Sunday 6th March 2016 at McNasty’s in Aberdeen. Thanks to your amazing generosity we raised £2,720!! This not only pays the primary school tuition fees of 72 children for 1 year but also builds a house for one of our families in Kenya. We are totally blown away by your incredible support towards our kids. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – this will be truly life changing for so many families. Congratulations to Amy, Erin, Gareth and Sam who are now the reigning GEF Pub Quiz champions
Kenya 22 Trip (Spring – annual)
Our ‘Kenya22’ trip gives you the chance to visit our remarkable GEF kids, meet top athletes, race either 5k or 10k at GEF’S very own Mount Kenya Marvellous races, visit an elephant orphanage and giraffe sanctuary, New Life abandoned baby home, The Chaka Youth Football Project and many more fun activities! Please click here for more information. 2017 trip dates are 1st to 15th April.
Football Tournament – May (annual)
Our first ever GEF 7-a-side football tournament in 2016 raised £414 for the school fees of boys in our Chaka Youth Football Project which uses football as a tool to promote education and get children away from the drug and gang culture of the area. This fantastic total enabled us to get 4 of the boys back into education after they had given up hope of ever returning due to a lack of fees.
Congratulations to the Walnut Whips for winning the tournament undefeated. Thank you so much to the players and supporters for their commitment, Internet for Business for sponsoring the event, Aberdeen Sports Village for discounting the pitch, Nicola, Kassidy and Laura for volunteering to help, Mat Northcroft for refereeing for 3 hours straight and the one and only Craig Mathers for organising the whole event.
Ceilidh – 25th June 2016
Our first ever ceilidh with live Scottish music and dancing will attempt to raise £2,500 to build a new house for the family of Grace Nyakai in Kenya. Please click here for more info.
Good Causes Day – 26th June 2016
We are delighted to be part of Good Causes Day at Aberdeen Sports Village. Starting at 12.30pm, there will be bouncy castles, face painting, children’s characters and a 4 versus 4 football festival for kids for 8-11 year olds. Please get in touch if your son or daughter would like to be part of our GEF team.
We will be one of several charities hosting a stall for the day with opportunities to find out more about our trips to Kenya, events in Scotland and much more including lots of new GEF item for sale and a raffle.
Kenya Building Trip October 2016 (annual)
This 2 week trip from 8th to 22nd October gives you the chance to be a part of a team which will build 4 houses for Kenyan families in Iten. Last year our team of 51 volunteers successfully built a 16 bed dorm with stud room, living area & shower facility at the Pavilion Village children’s home and a 3 bedroom house for Judy Gathigia and her family. For more info please click here.
Create your own volunteer trip
Anyone looking for volunteer experiences during a gap year or even just a couple of weeks – we can help you create the ultimate, low cost volunteer experience which makes a big difference to children in Kenya.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to read Julian and Steph’s testimonial.
If you are interested in helping us organise a fundraising supermarket bag pack please email us. These can make a huge difference to what we are able to do for the children, with one bag pack at Sainsbury’s in 2015 raising £800 in just 5 hours.
If any of our supporters shop online at the likes of Amazon, Next, John Lewis, Expedia, eBay, Apple, ASOS or Argos, you can raise vital funds for our kids in Kenya without spending any extra money. All you have to do is go via www.easyfundraising.org.uk when you are about to start shopping. They have raised over £7m for UK charities and have over 2,700 retailers on offer.
Thanks to the generosity of so many of our supporters, we are regrettably unable to take any more donations of clothing or footwear at present. We have been unable to establish a sponsored shipping link and currently have several large boxes of clothes waiting to be taken over by our volunteers. Please also click here for more info on how donating clothes to developing countries can not always be a good thing.
Costing only £5 per pack, our 6 unique Christmas cards pays for the breakfast, lunch and dinner for a child for 1 week.
Provides children from schools in Kenya & Scotland with a better understanding of what life is like for a child in the country of their partner school.
Getting 83 children back into school through the purchase of cows.
In the 12 days leading up to Christmas 2015, we shared some powerful words from these 12 wonderful children and managed to find a sponsor for each of them thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
Gideon Gathimba and Myles Edwards have shown what can be achieved when you have a desire and determination to change the lives of others. We would welcome the opportunity to share our story and show how what we have learned and achieved can be applied to any area of life.
Runs and challenges for GEF
We would be delighted if you wanted to fund raise for us through taking part in a race or challenge. Please contact us to see how we can help with training, fundraising support, literature or named GEF t-shirts. Massive thanks to Drew, Amy and Jade, Barry Reaper, Carol Wilson, Emma Davidson and many others for their efforts.
Asante sana from the kids and all of us here at Gathimba Edwards Foundation!