Advent Calendar Day 17

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. Although Lucky has completed his studies, the club will be making a donation of £100 to help other students through the work that Phumuza does.

Phumuza – Share the Load is a Zimbabwean based registered Charity,  set up to provide:

  • Vulnerable children with schooling assistance and other basic needs.
  • To provide psychological support to vulnerable children at Insiza District in Matabeleland South / Zimbabwe.

‘Phumuza’ means ‘to ease the burden’ or ‘to share the load’.

Together we give priority to health, education and reconstruction projects based on the principle of self-help. We try not to run projects but give support to local initiatives, small and large. People all over the world can now can now play role in Zimbabwe by supporting these vulnerable children to gain the skills they need to build their country.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.” – Abraham Lincoln

Founders – Sukoluhle Togwe-Bailey, Amina Hughes, Chenketai Mano and Tabirai Naze Hove –  are supporting many schools and projects in the region.

The main task this coming year is to raise money for the schools and the orphans already being supported by Phumuza.

Advent Calendar Day 16

For day 16 of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £150 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.

Advent Calendar Day 15

For the 15th 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.

Halesworth dementia Carers’ Fund is a local Community Organisation supporting people living with dementia and their carers and their families.

Our coverage is Halesworth town and surrounding villages which is the same area covered by the Cutlers Hill Surgery.

We fund raise by holding raffles, stalls at fetes and other events, carried out by volunteer helpers; and thanks to the generosity of ‘The CUT’ – special matinee film viewings.

The money raised goes towards paying for high quality replacement care, transport and other support, for people with dementia, their carers and their families.

Advent Calendar Day 14

To mark the 14th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £100 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy 20 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.

Advent Calendar Day 13

For day 13 of our Advent Calendar we will be donating £150 to The Teenage Cancer Trust

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen.

We create world-class cancer services for young people in the UK, providing life-changing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone.

Advent Calendar Day 12

We are half way through our Advent Calendar and for day 12 we be making a delivery of donated Christmas food to the Lowestoft Night Shelter now known as the Access Community Trust. 

Their vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.

Advent Calendar Day 11

For day 11 of our Advent Calendar, we are donating £150 to Life for African Mothers

Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post partum haemorrhage.

By providing medication to treat the complications of child birth, they have been able to support hospitals and health centres across Africa and see huge reductions in maternal mortality.

They also facilitate midwifery training programmes in several countries to help train and update qualified midwives to enhance their clinical skills in caring for mother and baby.

Advent Calendar Day 10

It’s 10 days into our Advent Calendar and we revisit a very worthwhile charity, Water Aid.

We will donate £242.42 to enable a school in Rwanda to have rain-water collection guttering and filters.

Extreme poverty won’t end until everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

We’re determined to make that happen within a generation – and we believe the best way to do it is by working with others.

That’s why we’re part of an active global network. Advisors, debate shapers, policy makers, engineers, campaigners and fundraisers – all of us here at WaterAid are working towards a common goal: getting water, toilets and hygiene to the millions of people still living without these basic human rights. 

By working together, we can enable entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. With the help of amazing people like you, this is our strategy for making it happen.

Advent Calendar Day 9

For day 9 of our Advent calendar, we are donating £150 to the Red Box Project. 

The Red Box Project quietly ensures that no young person misses school because they have their period.

Working as a nationwide community, The Red Box Project seeks to provide free menstrual products for the young people in our local schools.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.

The Story

The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to sanitary products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were angered at the idea that young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

They decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of menstrual product would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed.

Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited individuals from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. From Scotland to Cornwall as well as overseas, people began to group together, set up Red Boxes filled with tampons, pads, tights and underwear which were then delivered in to local schools. They fundraised, collected, had craft sales and donations drives, all to make sure their boxes never became empty.