The Bridge Lunch fundraiser for EdUKaidMay 19 2014

On Monday 12th May, Helen and Stuart Middleton held a Bridge Lunch for the second consecutive year to raise funds for EdUKaid and its projects in southern Tanzania.

We heard from Helen in April to say the event was organised and the date was set. Other than asking for the a few print outs of leaflets and the latest EdUKaid newsletter, Helen and Stuart made it all happen with some help from a few of their friends. And what a fabulous fundraiser it turned out to be!

 

Flying the EdUKaid banner whilst the guests arrived

Those who came along enjoyed a three course lunch full of delights, including yummy brown sugar meringues with lemon cream and berries.

You just have to look at the above pictures to understand why they received so many emails following the event saying just how wonderful the lunch was!

One lady who contacted Helen following the event said,

“The whole event was beautifully organised.  The lunch was delicious, the bridge was great fun, I even won a raffle prize, the tea and shortbread was an unexpected treat, and then on leaving a very kind lady gave me a lettuce and some rocket to take home.  Fundraising events often rely on being for a worthwhile cause and the satisfaction for the visitor is in donating to it.  Your event was outstanding on every level.  Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.”

Struart in preparation for the Bridge players

The EdUKaid banner was well and truly flown throughout the day and we are so very grateful to Helen and Stuart, and all of their friends that helped in pulling together and organising such a wonderful fundraiser that will transform the lives of many children in Mikindani. I’m sure you’re asking yourself now, but exactly how will these lives be transformed?

Helen and Stuart recruited a group of friends who helped make the day such a success

This fundraiser raised a whopping £1625, and here’s a few ways that this money could make a huge difference…

  • It could pay for a Montessori trained pre-primary teacher for one year – each class has between 50 and 120 children, so this really could shape the lives of hundreds of children.
  • It could pay for the materials to make up to 40 desks, which would seat 80 children. Unfortunately it is all too common to see overcrowded classrooms with 4 to 5 children squeezed on a desk.
  • It could support 3 vocational students to attend college for one year, giving them the opportunity to develop skills and bridge the growing gap of youth unemployment inTanzania.

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. Together, Helen, Stuart and friends are turning small steps into big changes in Mikindani.

Asante sana from the entire EdUKaid team in both the UK and Tanzania, and all of EdUKaid's beneficiaries, we can’t thank you enough.

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