It’s Christmas Eve and the last day of our Advent Calendar. For day 24 we will be donating £150 to Operation Smile.
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us,” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. Continue reading more on the Operation Smile website.
For day 23 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a £100 donation to the 1st Halesworth Scouts and 1st Southwold Guides groups.
For day 22 of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £120 to Sightsavers.
Sightsavers work to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.
We are getting close to the big day now and for the 21st day of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £150 to Prostate Cancer UK.
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
For the 20th day of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a £100 donation to the Southwold Voluntary Help Centre and the Halesworth Volunteer Centre.
The centre currently provides the following services with the help of volunteers:
- Community Car Service – an invaluable local service for anyone needing to make certain journeys for which no family car or public transport is available.
- Befriending Support – supporting individuals in their own homes, helping them to retain independence.
- Resource Centre – providing information on community, health and transport to the local community.
We also provide a brokerage service for other local community groups and projects, helping them to recruit volunteers by advertising opportunities through our quarterly newsletter, website and Resource Centre.
The Centre aims to provide a resource to the people of Southwold, Reydon and nearby villages, offering a range of ‘helping-hand’ services such as:
- signposting to other organisations
Driving is the service in most demand. With the continued deterioration in rural bus services, it is a vital resource for local people who do not have their own transport.
Not long to go now to the big day. It’s day 19 of our Advent Calendar and today is the day we have our Toy Service. The service will take place at the United Reform Church in Halesworth at 10 am, where toys will be collected and given to under privileged children.
For day 18 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £100 to a charity that we all associate with Christmas but does wonderful work throughout the year. The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity.
The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is part of the wider international Salvation Army, which is at work in 128 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
Our message is based on the Bible; our motivation is the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, which can transform people’s lives and change them for the better.
We believe that people consist of body, mind and soul, which means that they have both social, physical and spiritual needs. Our services are offered unconditionally to people of all faiths and none.
Inspired by our faith, we help individuals to develop and grow in their personal relationship with God and engage in a programme of practical action to serve the community, to help those who are suffering and in need, and to speak out against social injustice.
Day 17 of our Advent Calendar. Lucky Ncube is a student in Zimbabwe that we have been supporting through his studies. Through the charity Phumuza – Share the Load we have followed and supported his progress at Lubuze Primary and Avoca Secondary schools. He is now a boarder at Deziki High School where he has taken his A level exams. The club will will be making a donation of £150 to help him complete his studies and to help other students through the work that Phumuza does.
For the 16th Day of our Advent Calendar our members will be holding our annual collection for the Halesworth Dementia Carers at the Rainbow supermarket in Halesworth. Come along and say hello.
To mark the 15th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £50 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy 10 mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
Did you know? Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Far deadlier than the animals people tend to be scared of like sharks, snakes and lions – even deadlier than humans. Why? Because mosquitoes transmit diseases like dengue fever, Zika, yellow fever, encephalitis – and malaria, the deadliest of them all.
It’s the greatest killer disease in human history – but we can do something about it. We have the tools to fight it!
The culprits aren’t particularly ferocious or terrifying. In fact, you need a microscope to even see them. But tiny malaria parasites, transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, are thought to have killed half the number of people that have ever lived. Pretty scary, isn’t it?
Malaria’s vice-like grip on the continent of Africa, where almost 90% of malaria deaths occur, makes it one of the greatest causes of poverty in the world. And yet, it costs just £1, less than the price of your morning coffee, to save the life of a child with malaria.