Our Mission

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 - March - 2013

SA Dinner & Meerkat Racing - 23rd March 2013

SA Dinner & Meerkat Racing - 23rd March 2013

On Saturday we held our second SA Diner and Meerkat Racing evening (don’t worry the Meerkats are really ferrets) and what a huge success it was. We had 65 guests attend and many were new faces. Ferret 2000 had travelled from Berkshire to be with us and Mick and his team did a great job in whipping up frenzy. Our meal for the evening was ‘bunny chow’ which is a chicken curry served in a bread bowl. After dinner the racing began. We had 5 races in all, and thanks to the generous support of everyone on the night, a huge £1719 was raised after expenses. We are delighted with the result and it renews our confidence in holding bigger events. Be sure you don’t miss the next one. 

Re-Insurance Conference, Norwich

Re-Insurance Conference, Norwich

One of our biggest supporters – Citadel Risk - held a special Re-Insurance conference last week (Monday 18th March) in Norwich. The theme of the night was business, with a wide range of people from the city of London covering many aspects of the financial world.  GAGA was selected as one of the lucky recipient charities of the night’s games – including ‘heads and tails’. So far we have received £250 and are still waiting to see what the final figure turns out to be. Charlie, our Director was asked to speak at the Conference. Very special thanks to Tony Weller and Mike Palmer for choosing us and organising the event. 

Worcestershire Federation of Women’s institutes – Speaker Finder Evening

Worcestershire Federation of Women’s institutes – Speaker Finder Evening

On Thursday, Charlie our Director, attended WFWI speaker finder evening which invites a range of speakers on many subjects, getting a ten minute slot to try and entice the multiple WI Branches there - from all over Worcestershire - to book them, to continue their talk, at their clubs, at a later date. Despite Charlie’s computer crashing at a crucial moment in one of his stories he received a very warm welcome and handed out lots of cards after he had finished to interested branches.

We will wait to see the results – hopefully many more bookings 

Warwickshire Federation Women’s Institute – 2013 Conference

Warwickshire Federation Women’s Institute – 2013 Conference

Well, the cold weather didn’t stop the 800+ ladies piling in to Stoneleigh Park Conference Centre.  On Wednesday last week, thanks to our position right next to the Hall entrance we had a crazy day of selling our wonderful South Africa beadwork, which has come from a range of non-profit/profit generating projects that GAGA supports. In all we sold a record amount of jewellery, key rings, cards, wire art and much more. It was a pleasure to be there again and we are delighted by the support of the many women who either purchased something or commented on how wonderful it all looked. 

Working to develop talent and create opportunity

Working to develop talent and create opportunity

We are delighted to announce that we are again working with LETCEE to support teachers who are otherwise unable to continue their studies due to hard times at home. Working with LETCEE means candidates which have shown talent and promise, but who have had to leave their studies due to lack of funds, will now be assisted to complete their training. We ran this grant last year with LETCEE with great success and in one instance a primary school which had never had a qualified teacher were able to enlist one because of our support. These grants mean that those who have the abilities but lack the funds, can not only continue their studies but hopefully find employment once they are completed. It also means that children in these teacher’s classes benefit from top notch training which can only be a good thing.  

Alan Wolstencroft, GAGA Trustee receives Rotary International Award

Alan Wolstencroft, GAGA Trustee receives Rotary International Award

At the recent Rotary District Conference held in Bournemouth our Trustee Alan was presented with a “Service above Self” award for his voluntary work over the last 8 years in Sierra Leone & South Africa.

The Rotary organisation worldwide only awards a maximum of 150 of these annually and this year they received 400 nominations which had to be considered by a panel of 6 Rotarians.

Alan was nominated by his District Governor & his Rotary Club President and received his award in front of 500 delegates at the Sunday morning Conference session – for once he was almost speechless BUT having got over the shock he managed a few words of thanks !

Since 2005, when he first visited Sierra Leone, Alan has undertaken 222 talks regarding his 10 trips to Africa raising £46,000 of a total of £106,000 he has raised for projects in the 2 countries he has visited. As well as raising money Alan has a network of supporters who donate school uniform, football kit, knitted blankets & baby wear, toiletries, basic school equipment and many other items which he ships out to support several communities.

The wording reads:

The Board of Directors of Rotary International bestows this award to Alan who, through devotion and exemplary efforts embodies Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self”.

Photo: Alan receives his award with Rotary International President’s Representative Allan Jagger and Rotary District 1090 Governor Judith Diment.

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

Three year 6 girls recently held a “Biscuit Break Bake” making biscuits, cookies & flapjack and selling them to other pupils and staff during a morning break raising £45.

In addition from another event at the school £50 was also raised.  

On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their donations which raised a total  of £95 and for their continued support in helping us to “make a real difference”. 

Banbury Guardian article 

More talks and more support

More talks and more support

Charlie our Director has given a further two talks to Long Itchington & Bishop’s Tachbrook WI, Leamington. Charlie found a warm reception at both WI’s and an engaged audience asking lots of questions, from both talks £125 has been generated for GAGA. If you would like Charlie to come and give a presentation to your club, society or group, just send us an email

St John’s Priory, Banbury

St John’s Priory, Banbury

Pupils at the school recently held a Cake Sale to raise money for Ithembalihle in South Africa and as a result an amazing £110 was raised – they obviously like their cakes!!

On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Ithembalihle a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, staff and parents for their ongoing support.

So far this academic year the school have raised £740 to help support Ithembalihle.

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