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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 - December - 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone here at GAGA

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best for 2016! 

We also want to thank you for your ongoing support. Without our wonderful donors and supporters, we would be unable to do any of our work and make the difference that we do. 

THANK YOU!

Please watch this video to see Chrismtas wishes from First Step Right School, South Africa. CLICK HERE. 

Please Note: The office will be closed from 18th December until 8th January. If you need to contact us, please email: info@gaga-uk.org

 

It's still there to be enjoyed...

It's still there to be enjoyed...

If you haven't yet had chance to pop down to Bancroft Gardens in Stratford and see our wonderful Remembering Tree, there's still plenty of time to do so. 

The tree will be covered until the New Year (8/9th January). Although the deadline to remember a loved one has passed, you can still donate to the Remembering Tree by clicking here

All celebrated names have now been listed in the Stratford Midweek, alternatively you can download your copy by clicking here

Thank you once again to all our donors, supporters and helpers as well as our business donors including Citadel Risk, BDR Voice and Data Solutions, Guru You and Go Cotswolds

If you haven't seen our fantastic Remembering Tree video yet, take a look. You can also check out this lovely blog from Go Cotswolds, click here

Wine Success

Wine Success

We held a very successful wine tasting evening on Friday evening. 

The wonderful Sam from Wine Freedom UK brought a long a very tasty selection of wines for us to sample, as well as competitions and pallet testing! Lucy (a long-term supporter of GAGA's work), was also helping out with serving the wine. 

We're very grateful to Wine Freedom for coming along and helping, and for their generous support. 

Over 25 people attended and we have raised just pennies short of £350 - what a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities. Thank you to everyone who came along!

An evening of Wine and Christmas Cheer

An evening of Wine and Christmas Cheer

This Friday, we will be holding a Wine Tasting Evening in Binton. 
If you fancy an evening of Wine and Christmas cheer, please come and join us. 

We will have wine tasting from the company 'Wine Freedom'. 
All proceeds will come to GAGA UK. 

Numbers are limited so please let us know if you're interested by emailing Sarah on sarah@gaga-uk.org  or telephoning 01789 414088

The Remembering Tree, 2015

The Remembering Tree, 2015

Thanks to a fantastic volunteer, we have a wonderful video to share of this year's yarn bombing and Remembering Tree. Click here to watch! 

Thank you Leyla and SugarMouse Films for putting together this wonderful video - it really shows Stratford and our Remembering Tree at it's best - we love it! Let us know what you think - leave a comment on you tube, or drop us an email

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Drumming up some interest

Drumming up some interest

This weekend we held a collection around our Remembering Tree and were joined by the fantastic In 2 Cultures drumming group. Liz and Devinder from In 2 Cultures and their drummers, volunteered their time (on a blustery Saturday morning), to help raise funds and awareness for this local organisation. The group of 7 drummers braved the cold weather in place of their normal practice (at Bridgetown Primary School). GAGA UK are very grateful for their support. We were also joined by local singer Debbie Robinson, who sang some classics including Eva Cassidy's Songbird, to help raise more funds. Thanks to the two groups and some wonderful volunteers, £122.06 was raised throughout the afternoon. 

You can still donate to the Remembering Tree by clicking here, or contacting Sarah on 01789 414088. 

 

Celebrate with us

Celebrate with us

On Saturday we will be holding celebrations around our Remembering Tree!
From 12.30 there will be African drumming, as well as songs from the local Home Ed Community. 

Pop along for some free entertainment, and to see the Remembering Tree in all it's glory. 

Thank you Woodstock & Kidlington Rotary

Thank you Woodstock & Kidlington Rotary

Alan, GAGA Trustee, has recently received a cheque from the Rotary Club of Woodstock & Kidlington of £1750. This is towards GAGA and Alan's work in Sierra Leone. What a fantastic donation!

The Rotary Club raised the funds through their brilliant '100 Club'. This is a club whereby you can buy a share, and be in with the chance to win money each month - what a great boost that could be in the run up to Christmas! Proceeds have been dedicated to GAGA UK. The 100 Club now has over 100 members, and you can still join! Simply click here and download a December entry form. You'll find out more information and contact details to get involved. 

The Remembering Tree Returns

The Remembering Tree Returns

The Remembering Tree is back!!

From the early hours of Sunday morning a fantastic group of GAGA volunteers braved the wind and rain to yarn bomb a tree once again, in the centre of Stratford Upon Avon. This year the team took on an even bigger task and chose to cover not just one tree, but 14, in brighlty coloured squares of knitted and crocheted wool! The result is fantastic. You can visit the Remembering Tree facebook page by clicking here, to see more photographs of this great event. 

We are still collecting donations, and you can remember or celebrate a loved one by clicking here
The deadline for celebrated names is 11th December. 

First Step Right Visits 1000 Hills

First Step Right Visits 1000 Hills

Teachers from First Step Right have spent a day of their school holidays learning from those at the 1000 Hills Community Helpers Centre school. 
It's fantastic to see two GAGA supported projects working closely together and taking the opportunity to learn from one another. One of the best ways to learn is through watching others and learning of their experiences. 
Gael from First Step Right said that the teachers from First Step Right were amazed, and have now learnt various ways in which they can improve. 

1st December, World AIDS Day

1st December, World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. 

It is a day to remember all those affected, and all those who have suffered. It's a day of opportunity and a day to understand that the fight against HIV and the stigma which can fuel it, is not yet over. 


Here at GAGA we work to help those affected by HIV and poverty, in particular in South Africa where over 6 million people are living with HIV. There, the problems associated with HIV, (stigma, discrimination, access to medication, lack of education etc), persist, although there has been much improvement over recent years. 

Click here to read about one man's life who was greatly changed when he found out he was HIV positive; the news article also tells of how the fight against HIV in South Africa is far from ended. 

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