£42,000 raised at our charity dinner in 2015

Thank you to everybody that attended, donated prizes and helped out at our inaugural charity dinner.

It is with huge excitement and gratitude that we announce our fundraising dinner on Saturday evening at Ardoe House Hotel has raised an incredible £42,000.66 for children in Kenya! The total includes an extremely generous donation of £15,000 match funding from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

This has enabled us to make truly life changing differences to the 174 children we were currently supporting as well as being able to grow our support to include many more.

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With the funds we have expanded the Pavilion Village children’s home in Karatina to accommodate more children (this was done by our group of 51 volunteers and Stewart Milne staff in October 2015), installed a sit down toilet, shower facility and study area as well as re-surfacing the dangerous floor. Some of the children were stuck between secondary school and college due to a lack of fees – thanks to this, they will now go to college. Warm blankets, new stationery, clothing, cutlery, cooking utensils, a washing machine and a fridge have been bought for the home.

We are going to be able to purchase cows, chickens and goats for several families in Iten and Kitale and also ensure that their children are in school, eating 3 meals per day and wearing comfortable uniform.

We will be able to buy new equipment and uniform for the Chaka Youth Football Project as well as creating educational and employment opportunities for several of the children. Children such as Joseph Mwangi, Naomi Watare, Grace Nyakai and many others who you may have read about through our posts will be able to sleep easier now in the knowledge that their futures are secure and full of opportunity. The food, education, clothing and shelter of 8 children have now been sponsored each month off the back of the dinner, we will also purchase desks for a school in Sipiri who are currently learning on the floor and we may even have Enock, one of the Pavilion Village children coming over to the UK for a work experience around 18th February 2017 which will be the date of our next dinner.

To give you an idea of how far this money could go in Kenya, it would pay the primary school tuition fees for over 4,000 children for one year. This really is just the tip of the iceberg of what we will be able to do with the extremely generous support.

(Left to right) Pastor John Murage, Gideon Gathimba, Luke Dyer, Mel Macrae, Dawn Jaffrey, Ian Jaffrey, Myles Edwards

We were hugely honoured to be able to present our first Neil Jaffrey Award to a local child in need from Aberdeen, Matthew James Dyer who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The money will buy a custom built tricycle for him to enjoy outdoor activities with his parents, Luke and Mel as well as attending 6 Saturday sessions at the Craighalbert Centre in Cumbernauld.

Thanks to Creative Video Scotland for their fantastic video which was shown on the night and for filming the dinner itself (video to come) We would also like to thank Wikkerman Photography for taking pictures on the night – we shall share several of them in the coming days but individual pictures are available to purchase at www.wikkerman.co.uk/gef/index.html or you can see some of our shakier efforts on our facebook photo stream

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us give kids in Kenya a chance.

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