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

The Remembering Tree

The Remembering Tree 2017

We are excited to announce that the Remembering Tree will be returning to Stratford upon Avon this Christmas, for a fifth year running. We hope to build on the successes of our previous trees, and make this an amazing spectacle of colour, remembrance and celebration.
You can Celebrate or Remember a loved one here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/TRT2017

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What is The Remembering Tree?

The Remembering Tree will be made up of lots of crocheted and knitted synthetic wool squares (which are harmless to the tree). Some of the squares will be produced in South Africa by women from poor communities to help boost their income and gain new skills. The others will come from local community groups and individuals here in the UK. The tree will be 'Yarn Bombed' on the weekend of 25th November and will be ready to coincide with World AIDS day on 1st December. The tree will be decorated throughout the Christmas period. After we take the yarn squares down in the new year, the wool will be washed and recycled in to blankets to be either sent to South africa or given to a homeless charity in the local area.
The Remembering Tree and our Woollen Winter Wonderland are a sight to behold, and we hope you enjoy them this Christmas.
You can watch our Remembering Tree video here, to see what it's all about.

How to donate...

The Remembering Tree is a great way to remember or celebrate a loved one. Your dedicated name will be printed on a board next to the tree and a list of names will be available on our website towards the end of December. You will also receive a card with your dedication.
You can donate for a square, a bauble or even a tree, in celebration of a loved oned...
Each donation of £5 represents 1 square = 1 person to be remembered, celebrated or show someone special you love them. You can purchase as many as you like.
Each bauble is £25 and you can remember up to 4 names.
A larger bauble is £45 and you can remember up to 6 names, or one Business name.
A small tree is £100 and you can remember up to 10 names, or one Business name.

Get Involved

Want to get involved? Here's How

You can Celebrate or Remember a loved one here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/TRT2017

Do you knit or crochet?

We're in need of squares to cover the tree. These should be 8 inch squares in synthetic wool and can be as bright and colourful as you like. Please contact Sarah here for more information or to arrange collection of squares.

Are you a business, school or community group and would like to support the tree or participate?

We are looking for sponsors for our Woollen Winter Wonderland and there are opportunities to sponsor your own tree. Your business name will then be  made visible to all passers by, as well as on our website and social media.

Please contact Sarah to find out more.

Are you a singer, musician or entertainer?

You may be able to help us raise vital funds! We are looking for entertainers to help attract more people to the Remembering Tree. If you can help, please contact Sarah.
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The Remembering Tree 2016

A big thank you to all involved in the Remembering Tree 2016, from those who helped with knitting and stitching, and covering the trees, to individuals who celebrated a loved one, and businesses who sponsored the event.

We are proud of our success in 2016; with the Remembering Tree celebrating over 180 people, and being supported by 5 businesses and 3 local community groups/charities. In total, £2,360 with part of these funds going towards KYGN, a school in Tanzania.

Download the list of Remembered and celebrated names (2016) by clicking here.

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The Remembering Tree 2015

Download the list of Remembered and celebrated names (2015) by clicking here.

The Remembering Tree 2015 raised over £2240.

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Where does the Money go?

All money raised from The Remembering Tree contributes to the work of GAGA UK in Africa (registered charity 1092028). We support those living in poverty, as well as those affected by HIV/AIDS, in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and elsewhere.

In 2015 The Remembering Tree and our Woollen Winter Wonderland raised just over £2240, thanks to individuals, as well as businesses and groups.

The money raised from last year’s yarn bombing helped us significantly in being able to continue our support for Hillcrest AIDS Centre. In 2016 we sponsored a bed at their 24 bed Respite Unit, and we wouldn’t have been able to do so without fundraising from this event. Hillcrest AIDS Centre, South Africa, provides recovery, palliative and respite care to people with advanced stages of AIDS. Almost 20% of South Africa’s population are HIV positive, the country has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world with almost 7 million people living with HIV. In Kwa Zulu Natal the rates can reach up to 40% of the adult population, meaning entire families and communities are affected. The Respite Unit saw (in just 4 months), 96 new admissions which really shows the need in the area for additional care. We believe they are having a huge impact on people's lives. You can read more about the impact of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre by clicking here.



The Remembering Tree 2014

The 2014 Remembering Tree was a huge success. We raised over £2000. Thank you to everyone who was involved for your support. Thank you to all who donated and we hope you were happy to see the celebrated names printed.

As well as funds, we also raised the profile of GAGA. Through the positive press the tree creates, more people find out about us. A group found out about GAGA in the People's Friend magazine, because of an article on the tree, and raised a massive £1300 for GAGA.

Without your support, donations and participation, the tree would not be as successful as it has been. A big THANK YOU to you all.

Funds raised through the Remembering Tree will go towards our continuing support for our projects. We will keep you updated on all of these projects through our quarterly newsletter. (Sign up This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you don't yet receive it).

Where does the money go?

All money raised from The Remembering Tree contributes to the work of GAGA UK in Africa, supporting those living in poverty, as well as those affected by HIV/AIDS, in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and elsewhere.

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The income from last year’s tree helped us significantly in being able to run one of our ongoing projects in rural South Africa: the Sithembakuye Grannies Lunch Club. This project provides a meal for up to 70 people, once a week. The project has provided a network for the grannies (and some grandpas) in the community, many of whom are so heavily burdened by the care of their grandchildren and extended families because of the deaths/illness and unemployment of their children. The grannies often have no one to turn to, and for this reason Sithembakuye started the luncheon club, to give them not only a good meal, but the opportunity to relax and to share their problems with each other.

‘It makes a big difference, even emotionally; to feel welcome in the centre, and to meet with friends and with other community members. I come every week.’ (One of the grandpas who visits Sithembakuye).

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GAGA UK have also continued to support a number of other projects, which without the support of individuals across the UK, like yourself, we would not be able to do.  We fund a Low Primary School in South Africa for example, so that 130 children get a better start in life. We also provide funding for an agricultural project which has so far given over 300 people agricultural training and mentoring enabling them to improve their food security and develop a livelihood for themselves and their families. We continue to support a rural clinic which provides free health care to thousands every year.

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The Remembering Tree 2013

The Remembering Tree 2013 was a huge success raising over £5,000 for our work in some of the poorest communities in Africa. Over 400 people were celebrated; multiple businesses supported the tree and every school in Stratford participated.

The Remembering Tree gives people space and time to celebrate life in all its colours and it will be in place for the duration of Christmas and into the New Year.

Making a donation, celebrating a loved one and helping communities and children in Africa are all wonderful gifts, and The Remembering Tree gives you the opportunity to do all three.

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How does it work?

The Remembering Tree will be made up of over 1,500 crocheted synthetic wool squares (which are harmless to the tree). Half the squares will be produced in South Africa by women from poor communities to help boost their income and gain new skills. The other half are coming from local communities here in the UK. The new tree will be 'Yarn Bombed' overnight and will coincide with the 1st of December. The tree will be decorated from the 1st December for about 6 weeks. After we take the yarn squares down, the wool will be washed and recycled into blankets to be either sent back to Southern Africa or given to a homeless charity in the local area.

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The Remembering Tree, 2013

The total funds raised by the tree stands at £5,132.75 - Thank you

You can download a copy of the name board, here which has been placed next to the tree.

A place to reflect on all the colours of life – a focal celebration of the ones we love.

Discover what we did with the funds we raised from 'The Remembering Tree 2013'

Picture (R) - The Remembering Tree, 2013. Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon, UK


HACT logoWe are so grateful for the support of Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, South Africa for their collaboration on this campaign. They have been our inspiration.