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Generating growth for African children and communities devastated by HIV-AIDS and poverty, through the goodwill of people in the UK and elsewhere

News Archive - January - 2011

Ithembalihle mourns passing of Tenjiwe

Ithembalihle mourns passing of Tenjiwe

Tragically, on the 25/01/2010, Tenjiwe, a little girl who had become synonymous with Ithembalihle, passed away. She was only 5 years old and had had an extremely difficult life. There is some solace in knowing that at Ithembalihle she was at least well cared for and loved. Tenjiwe was terribly burnt in a fire and we had hoped to help her with surgery. Tenjwe’s death has once again highlighted the fragility of life in SA and why what GAGA, does along with our supporters, is so important.

New Minibus for 1000 Hills

New Minibus for 1000 Hills

We’ve done it. Thanks to all our supporters, and wonderful fundraisers, we achieved our target and have purchased the 1000 Hills Community Helper’s new Minibus. In total we raised over £20,000.

When we visited Dawn in the Summer of 2010 a Minibus was top of her wish list, so that she could get the children who attended pre-school to and from school safely, and also help with the transportation of the sick and elderly. Dawn, being Dawn, drives the children home herself at night and was overjoyed when the Minibus was finally delivered in January 2011.

GAGA is extremely satisfied as, from the start, we told Dawn that the fundraising must be a joint effort and Dawn certainly responded. In total she raised R30,000 which is no mean feat in South Africa. GAGA felt it was important, and in keeping with our strategy of sustainability, that the fundraising be a joint effort. Another caveat to funding the Minibus was that the VAT which charities can reclaim in South Africa would be held in trust, so the Board of GAGA could decide what to apply it to.

Again this is another dimension to working together and the accountability of projects that we work with. We are delighted as we didn't just give 1000 Hills Community Helper’s a Minibus we made steps forward in joint ventures with ourselves and one of our African projects. There are more photos of the Minibus, in 1000 Hills Community Helper’s gallery.

Cropredy Fellowship In Retirement Society Donation

Cropredy Fellowship In Retirement Society Donation

Cropredy F.I.R.S. (Fellowship In Retirement Society) have just given us a donation of £30, and it follows a talk which Alan gave last year.

The Burns Night Supper - Brechin Ambassadors

The Burns Night Supper - Brechin Ambassadors

On the 22nd January we were invited to a Burns Night Supper held by our Brechin Ambassadors in Scotland. The whole Board of GAGA went up for the weekend and we had a fantastic time. The Dinner was brilliant with all its’ traditions and lovely food. The whole evening was held for the  benefit of GAGA, and in total £800 was raised. The money is going to be ring-fenced and used for pre-school education, and more on this project will follow soon.

The Morrison family raise £900 to go towards Ithembalihle

The Morrison family raise £900 to go towards Ithembalihle

The Morrison family are GAGA Ambassadors in Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands. Their support is invaluable to us and their fundraising ability is incredible. Colin, Karen and their daughter Natalie have managed to raise enough money in the last year to help educate a teaching student, and give us a cheque for £900 to go towards a future project for Ithembalihle. They all work very hard and GAGA is a much better organisation with their dedicated support.

Alan braves the snow to raise more through talks and presentations

Alan braves the snow to raise more through talks and presentations

He’s been at it again, even with all the snow, a busy business period and Christmas, he has raised a further £390 through talks and presentations. Alan has been given some further donations by individuals attending the talks, and he is very grateful, as are we, for their support.

Banbury Town Council donation

Banbury Town Council donation

Banbury Town Council gave us a donation of £40 after Alan helped steward an event in the town. Alan, who was head steward, had a choice of who benefited from the sum and  he awarded it to us.

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