The Imara-Uganda’s recent fundraising efforts at Ardingly’s annual Christmas Fair held on December 1st in Hapstead Hall, was the “best ever” according to charity co-founder, Belinda Maclean, raising around £250 from the wide selection of crafts on sale.
With a suitably appealing cross-continental theme, reflecting the charity’s English base and its mission to help Ugandan children, the stand proved popular with visitors, brightening up a typically dark and damp British winter’s day.
Best-sellers included original Ugandan paintings depicting the distinctive colours of the African landscape, while in the English selection, Belinda’s delightful felt animals sold out again, with people returning from last year to buy them.
Fellow helper and committee member, Pam Newnham, contributed a festive tier of hand-stitched Christmas place mats that were also snapped up quickly.
An event like this, of course, is not just about fundraising; it also gives the charity an opportunity to tell more people at home about the invaluable work it does to change young lives abroad for the better.
Tom Jarrett completed two cycle challenges in New Zealand to raise funds for the Imara-Uganda Education Fund. K2 is a 190km ride around the Coromandel Peninsula and the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is a 160km loop around New Zealand’s largest lake. Tom raised $835 or just over 400 pounds. Thanks to all those who sponsored Tom.
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