We asked, and you delivered! Thank you so much to all of our supporters who loved the idea of their donations providing twice the help for twice the number of children!
We successfully reached The Big Give Christmas Challenge target and raised a total of £26,499. You will be happy to know that ALL of your generous donations were matched. Imagine!
Thank you too, to all our Giving Tuesday supporters for last week’s donations on GlobalGiving and direct donations! You helped us raise over $4,000 in one day alone.
We are incredibly grateful for all the support you continue to show Kids for Kids. Your commitment to helping better the lives of children in Darfur is so important to us. “I believe 2019 is going to be a difficult year for us all – but even worse for families in Darfur where inflation is out of control” said Founder Patricia Parker. “I cannot begin to thank you enough for your incredible support. You will help us to make a real difference to people’s lives. It is hard to think of children going hungry, especially at this time of year.”
The beautiful singing of the choirs of Queen’s Gate School echoed around St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square to a packed audience when the children sang their hearts out at the annual Kids for Kids’ Candlelit Christmas Concert, sponsored by Delamere Dairy, in support of children their own age living far away in Darfur, Sudan. “The perfect way to start Christmas” was the message from friends far and wide who filled the church to capacity. From the moment the trumpets of the Thames Fanfare Brass sounded and Kiana Mottahedan’s voice floated above them in the traditional opening to every Christmas Concert “Once in Royal David’s City”, the audience was mesmerised. The angelic voices of the children’s choir from Queen’s Gate School filled the church and touched the emotions of the entire audience.
“This is the most important event of our year” said Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids. “Supporters come from all over the country to support children out of sight, out of mind, and living lives we hardly dare to imagine.” Please click here to read Patricia’s Christmas message explaining why and how the gift of a goat has a major impact on the lives of families in Darfur who have so little.
The evening was hosted by ITV’s beautiful News Presenter, Julie Etchingham, who hosted the evening with eloquence and a clear passion for Kids for Kids. “Julie is a Patron of Kids for Kids not just in name but in the tremendous support she gives us. Her wicked wit captured us from the outset” said Patricia. “We are incredibly lucky to have such friends.”
Celebrity Readers, Eamonn Holmes OBE, Lord Cope of Berkeley and Timothy West CBE, who are all Patrons gave a diverse range of Readings, some fun, some moving. Their talents and their time devoted to Kids for Kids is remarkable and they cannot be thanked enough.
Kids for Kids’ Candlelit Christmas Concert is also about the music. All join in with our best loved Carols, and the joint from Queen’s Gate School performed music that uplifted and transported us. This year “Gloria” by Vivaldi and “When You Believe” by Schwartz were especially beautiful, sung by the Chamber Choir, conductor Susan Parkes. The most remarkable performance however was perhaps by little 9 year old Imogen Gray whose virtuoso performance of Haydn’s ‘Allegro Moderato’ had us spell bound. Imogen already has Grade 8 violin and piano! “Imogen is a little girl with a great future” said Patricia. “How exciting and special to share her first major London solo performance and how lovely that she should be 9 – the same age as the little boy whose walk for water inspired me to found Kids for Kids.”
A special moment too came later when Music Director, Egon Liepa, invited the celebrities to lead the singing in our Celebrity Choir. “It was particularly special having Prunella Scales with us” said Patricia “Prunella was a Reader for Kids for Kids for many years and is a great friend of the charity.”
Afterwards we had a chance to mingle enjoying mince pies and mulled wine, thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers lead by Kathy Lady Orde, whilst Roy Bilham, leader of Thames Fanfare Brass, played Christmas music to send us on our way.
If you would like to Donate a Goat you can do so online or by writing a cheque made out to Kids for Kids, PO Box 456 Dorking, RH4 2WS. You can also request a Gift Certificate for the Christmas Season or any Holiday and make your donation on behalf of a loved one! Goats really do change lives.
Photographs and video below thanks toAntonia Penaand Sage Lancaster. Please visit us on Youtube for more videos from the concert!
We are delighted to announce that Timothy West CBE has agreed to become a Patron. In fact, he has supported us over so many years, not least at our Candlelit Christmas Concert where he said he “already felt he was one of the family”. Timothy has always had a passion for looking after chidlren who would otherwise suffer through drought, starvation or warfare. He recognises and supports all of the lifesaving work that Kids for Kids is doing in Darfur. We are honoured to have him as a Kids for Kids Patron. It’s official!
Timothy will be joining us at our magical Kids for Kids Candlelit Christmas Concert next Thursday 29th November at St Peter’s Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL. For tickets and more information please read about our Candlelit Christmas Concert here!
Give a Kids for Kids Lottery Ticket this Christmas, and you may be giving £500… every month!
The Kids for Kids 100 Club Lotteryis a way of helping children in Darfur, and winning a prize yourself – or for the lucky recipient of your gift – every month. Half the lottery money each month helps to buy goats in Darfur, and the rest is that month’s prize, giving you the chance of winning up to £500.
Each month’s draw takes place at the end of that month, with up to £500 allocated as that month’s prize to the lucky winner, and up to £500 given to help children in Darfur*. 100 tickets are available at just £10 a month each (£120 a year). You may purchase as many tickets as you like, either for yourself or as an exciting Gift! Pay either annually or monthly by Standing Order. We will send you details of your Kids for Kids’ 100 Club Lottery Number/s and you will automatically be entered into the Prize Draw every month. The odds are extremely good, with some lucky supporters winning more than once already.
Just think – with the winning ticket, you could give gifts to your children, your grandchildren, or have a treat yourself, knowing that children in Darfur are benefiting each and every month. With a maximum of 100 in the Club the odds are much better than the National Lottery! And Kids for Kids wins too.
In the first year we provided 6 goats and a donkey to 20 families in Darfur – and in two years another 20 families benefited from the first year of our Lottery, and then another 20 every two years after that!
Children desperately need milk right now, and this is our way to thank you, and to help them. Every month we will be helping more children, thanks to the 100 Club.
Do join the lottery now to secure your ticket(s)! Print, complete and return this form and please email us so that we know your form is on the way!
Good luck, and Merry Christmas!
*Note: If fewer than the maximum of 100 tickets are sold in any month, the prize for that month will be 50% of the total sum invested for that period.