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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 - May - 2012

Tax relief limit for charitable donations axed

Tax relief limit for charitable donations axed

Chancellor George Osborne has dropped plans to limit tax relief on charitable giving, after protests from charities.

Read the BBC article here

St John’s Priory, Banbury – the pupils, staff & parents are all “Smarties” !!

St John’s Priory, Banbury – the pupils, staff & parents are all “Smarties” !!

St John’s Priory in Banbury are, for the second academic year, supporting St John’s orphanage (“Ithembalihle”) in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and have done a number of fund raising activities since September 2011 and so far have raised £593.

At Easter our Trustee, Alan, visited the school to give the pupils an update about “Ithembalihle” and treated all the pupils, and staff, to a tube of Smarties. The participants were asked to enjoy the Smarties and if possible put loose change into the empty tube to raise additional funds.

We have just counted the coinage, and notes, and the appeal raised a staggering £590!!

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part and donated so generously to continue the support for the children at the orphanage in South Africa.

On Friday 25th May St John's Priory held a non uniform day with an African theme to celebrate the recent "Smartie" appeal.

If you are reading this why not be a “SMARTIE” and do this as a fundraising idea to support the work of GAGA. 

Christian Hope School, Freetwon, Sierra Leone

Christian Hope School, Freetwon, Sierra Leone

Our Trustee Alan first visited Christian Hope School in November 2005 and has been working in partnership with the school since January 2007 – funding the building of a 6-classroom extension and refurbishing the original classrooms.

Last year GAGA funded the conversion of the basement at Christian Hope into a multi-purpose open plan assembly hall/meeting area which is used by the school and community groups, officially opened at the end of January this year, another great step forward for the school and community.

After completion of the building of the 6-classroom extension in September 2009 the community started secondary classes and there are now 144 secondary age students studying at the school – a major step forward, however with the additional secondary students at Christian Hope there is an urgent need to build a new toilet block to supplement those already there for the junior age children.

There is no running water at the school and it is something that would be very difficult to establish, however the introduction of “long drop” toilets would be a valuable asset to the school.

The toilet block will cost £4,500 and Alan has been personally fundraising and has raised £3,300 for the project. The money has been sent out to Sierra Leone so that all the materials can be purchased and delivered to the school site and the work is now in progress.

Goodwill & Growth for Africa UK has just donated £1,200 to complete the funding of the project, which is a 3 – 4 week building programme, and it is hoped that the project will be completed before the onset of the rainy season at the end of May.

Changing a life for less than £30

Changing a life for less than £30

Last year GAGA, together with one of our South African local partners (Hillcrest Rotary Club), we bought 20 wheelchairs from the Wheelchair Foundation, (GAGA funded 10 of these wheelchairs which cost R3000 roughly £270). They were delivered to SA earlier in the year and have now been distributed to some of the neediest people and families. Less than £30 to change a life!

Read one of the thank you letters to see how much it means!

Without these donations of wheelchairs, those who benefited from them would have had to wait possibly years to receive a chair from the government. They would have never been able to afford to buy one, which means it is almost impossible for such people to lead a normal life.

Incredible what £30 can do! Isn’t it?

GAGA announced as beneficiary

GAGA announced as beneficiary

GAGA has been informed it is to be one of two beneficiaries of a Re-insurance Conference taking place in Norwich in June. The event which has been sponsored by one of GAGA’s long running corporate sponsors ‘Citadel Risk’ brings together leaders in the re-insurance market for an evening of networking and, of course some fun. The conference has a new spin this year, even though it is business as usual there will be a charitable element to the evening with GAGA and MacMillan Cancer being the two beneficiaries.
Warwickshire WI Speaker finder evening

Warwickshire WI Speaker finder evening

On Monday April 30th Charlie, GAGA Director, attended Warwickshire WI’s speaker finder evening. The purpose of the evening is for the members of all the Warwickshire WI’s to find new speakers for their monthly meetings. Each speaker was invited to give a 5 minute taster to what would normally be a 45 minute presentation. The taster is also un-aided (in other words you are not allowed a power point) It was a good evening and there were
some very good speakers.
If you would like Charlie to come and speak at your club (or any other organisation) please send him an email chomer@gaga-uk.org.

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