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.
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.
Day 14 and it’s the day of our Christmas Party, Yay! We will be combining Secret Santa, party gifts and the raffle to raise funds tonight. All and the proceeds will be given to selected charities. So as not to spoil the surprise for party goers, details will be given tomorrow.
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.
For the 11th day of our Advent Calendar will be adding £50 to our existing credit of £163 at Lendwithcare. This will allow us to help at least a further 10 entrepreneurs setup or continue their business in hard hit areas of the world.
Lendwithcare brings together entrepreneurs in developing countries with people with the power to help them – people like us and you. Run by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help people in the developing world to transform their lives.
Since joining Lendwithcare the Rotary Club of Southwold and District has made 84 loans totalling £1470. We have helped 767 Entrepreneurs and 2865 Families creating 174 jobs.
10 days into our Advent Calendar now and it’s time for a very special donation. We will be donating £469 to Water Aid. Why such a specific amount? Any donation made before the end of January 2018 will be matched be the UK Government pound for pound doubling it to £938. This will then be enough to buy a new handpump for a village bringing clean water to the heart of a community.
An example from Water Aid’s website. Click here to read more.
“If we had clean water in our village, it would be as if we were living in the middle of paradise!”
Deep in the jungle of Sierra Leone, Tombohuaun’s residents are determined to live life to the full, despite the day-to-day struggle of having only dirty water to drink and no decent toilets.