Happy Birthday, Kids for Kids!

Friday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day – and our 18th Birthday!

“Please celebrate with me!” that is the message from Patricia Parker MBE who founded Kids for Kids 18 years ago!   She says “It is hard to believe that since 2001 we have transformed the lives of 500,000 people in 92 villages, but we can’t stop there.   Last year was a terrible time for mothers in Darfur and we are all determined to make this year better for as many children as we can.   Please will you give a Kids for Kids Birthday Present today? We are determined to adopt eight villages this year, but we need your help.”

This Friday is International Women’s Day and our 18th Birthday, and one of our projects on GlobalGiving is lucky enough to be involved in a campaign which means your donations will go even farther!!   YES – DONATE ON FRIDAY 8th AND 30% WILL BE ADDED WHATEVER YOU DONATE!

What better way to celebrate your fantastic support of Kids for Kids then by having your donation matched at 30% by GlobalGiving? Our project ‘Empowering Women to Earn an Income’ is in the running to earn potential funding for the whole year from GlobalGiving. On Friday March 8th starting at 9am EST (2pm GMT) all donations up to $250/£128 (whilst funds last) to this project will be matched at 30%. Set a calendar reminder now and donate this Friday to help us celebrate our 18th Birthday!! Please can you help?!

This Bonus Day is part of a bigger campaign where our Empowering Women Project is in the running to secure funding for the whole year. If you miss donating on Friday you can still donate before 11:59PM EST on Thursday March 14th (4:59am GMT on Friday March 15th).  Every penny counts – even a $10/£10 donation will go far, counting as a ‘vote’ towards securing funding. it is not about how much money we raise overall, but the number of individual donors who give!  Please help us by mobilising your friends to donate.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this campaign to ensure you know what’s what: https://www.globalgiving.org/girl-fund-campaign-terms-and-conditions/   Last year this campaign was a huge success, bringing in 111 donations from different people and raising £7,100 ($9,600) and our goal is to raise even more this year – can you help?!!

DONATE NOW: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-women-darfur-sudan/

Cycle from Tanzania to Zanzibar this November

What better way to spend just over a week in cold November than by heading on down to Tanzania?!

This year we are encouraging a group of our supporters to join a fantastic cycling fundraising trip!  Begin the trip in Dar es Salaam where you will journey 350km by bike exploring the breath taking scenery and spectacular wildlife that the country has to offer. You’ll finish up in Zanzibar, an island paradise famous for its white beaches and coconut palms surrounded by the turquoise Indian Ocean.  If you are looking for a challenge and an unforgettable experience, you’ve found it!

To take part in this challenge there is a registration fee of £349 and a commitment to raise £3,200 in sponsorship. As the cost of the tour is £1,631, this means £1,569 (or more depending on what wonderful amounts you raise!!)  will go directly to helping children and families in Darfur, living in the most unimaginable poverty. Included in the tour cost is your return flights, accommodation (hotels and lodges), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides and support team, water and almost all your meals!

If you have any questions about how to raise funds, please take a look at the fundraising ideas on our Get Involved page, or get in touch with us directly at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk.  We would be more than happy to send you promotional materials, and support your fundraising efforts!  Our supporters often find that holding an event to raise funds brings in more money than just simply asking for sponsorship from family and friends.  Why not host a quiz night and charge an entrance fee?!

This challenge is fully supported by Classic Challenges throughout the trip, and more information about how to sign up can be found on their website here.

 

Midwife Munira Graduates Second in her Class

The thing girls fear most in Darfur is childbirth.   The incidence of death or fistula in the remote villages of Darfur is amongst the highest in the world.   People move to villages when they know there is a trained midwife.   Few villages have health care of any sort.   For the past 18 years Kids for Kids has funded the training of village midwives and these brave women have transformed the survival rate of both mothers and their newborn babies.

In December, the latest 34 Kids for Kids village midwives returned to their homes.  “We are completely blown away by the exam results of our new Kids for Kids midwives!” said Sage Lancaster who now works for Kids for Kids having learnt about their sustainable projects when she was at school in Hampstead, London.    Every year Kids for Kids trains new midwives from our adopted villages, empowering them to learn new skills, master a profession, and earn an income – changing their lives dramatically. In our last training session, 34 women from Kids for Kids villages studied in Khartoum, and scored some of the best exam results of their whole graduating class!  They are now all officially qualified and have returned to their villages in Darfur to start saving lives.

One of our midwives, Munira from Fardal village, scored the second highest result of the whole class!  Munira’s training was sponsored by Delamere Dairy to celebrate the first grandchild of their founders.   Tyba from Um Judoul scored the third highest result, and Salma from Geleidat Villages scored the 4th highest results. Kids for Kids midwives also held the 5th, 7th and 8th places! “What a huge representation” said Sage,  “It just goes to show how intelligent our volunteer midwives are, how willing and able to learn, study hard, and achieve great things.  It is especially impressive to think that most girls do not finish their education, and school in Darfur is as basic as it could be.  Many have no chairs or desks or teaching aids – just a blackboard for the teacher.”

Our Project Leader, Hassan, had a chance to speak to Munira at the celebration we held for midwives in El Fasher who graduated on December 10th.  Munira said “I was very afraid when I left our village to go to Khartoum where we were all taught at the Midwife Training School. It is so different from our village, and so far away. We had to fly there!”    Up until that journey Munira and her friends had only ever travelled on a donkey, as there are few roads in Darfur.

These brave women have now returned to their own home villages in Darfur where they will help deliver the babies of their neighbours and friends. These extraordinary women have been given the knowledge and tools to ensure their loved ones are kept safe in their homes where there is so little access to health care for pregnant women. How incredible!

For more information about our Midwives please look here. To support the training of our new midwives this year please donate in our online shop, specifying at check out for the donation to support midwives – or even fund one midwife’s entire training here!  Thank you.

What we did with your donations last year!

“We believe that you should know how we are helping, the difficulties we face, and what we have achieved, with your support,” said Patricia Parker MBE Founder and CEO of Kids for Kids.

At the beginning of every calendar year we publish a complete list of the projects we carried out in Darfur during the previous 12 months. This allows our supporters to see what their donations have made possible in our 92 villages.

In 2018 we faced a challenge, as drought led to famine, and inflation soared.  The year became one of the worst we have known since Kids for Kids started in 2001. “But the great news,” said Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO, “is that we have managed to do all we had planned during the year.”  Along with providing our sustainable projects to five new communities – 5,800 men, women and children, plus supporting the 87 villages we have already adopted – we were able to provide over 6,000 families with emergency aid as they faced the prospect of starvation. Thank you all, so much, for making this possible.

For details of what we did this year please read Our 2018 Achievements. This document also details our plans for 2019, which includes adopting five new villages.  More will be added after the Programme Meetings being held by Patricia next month, with our Darfur team.    These are crucial meetings which each year result in major decisions being made all of which affect people’s lives.   “It is a huge responsibility” said Patricia “These meetings help to identify the problems, some of them life threatening, which villagers face.   This year I have the heartbreaking task of narrowing the selection down to just five villages for us to adopt, knowing that in every village children dies last year from malnutrition.   If only we could help them all.”

We only promise help if we can be sure we have the funds needed.  If you can support us by commiting to give a set amount you will allow us to plan ahead.  The support from Children’s Champions and Regular Supporters is vital to our work.

Please continue your incredible support in 2019, and encourage others to get involved!

Feel free to Contact Us with any questions or to express interest in supporting Kids for Kids in some way. We would love to hear from you!

Once again – Superstars!!

If you are familiar with GlobalGiving then you know that every year this platform, which focuses on giving donors access to small effective charities, rewards its best charities with Superstar status. Well, to start off 2019 on the best foot possible, Kids for Kids has once again been rewarded with SUPERSTAR status!

In 2018 donations from all our wonderful donors on GlobalGiving, combined with the matching funds the website supplied through various bonus days, raised a phenomenal $65,112. What an accomplishment! We are so grateful to all those who supported us here – YOU are the real superstars!

“I feel so proud to receive these awards,” said Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO. “But even more grateful to our wonderful supporters. You are enabling us to do amazing work and it is such a privilege. I cannot believe people can survive in Darfur – things are really bad. They really need us. Thank you.”

We have also been told that 390 new people donated to our GlobalGiving projects this year and our 15 monthly donors raised $4,016 in the past 12 months. We are so unbelievably grateful to our monthly donors who set up a recurring donation on the website, giving anything from $10 to $100 and more each month – funds we can rely on and that help us plan ahead for our projects.

You can easily be a monthly donor – just choose your favourite project and select the ‘Donate Monthly’ option – every penny helps!

This year, GlobalGiving will have multiple bonus days for you to participate in!   A few dates for your calendar are March 1st-15th for the Girl Fund Campaign, April 8th-12th for the Little by Little Campaign, July 18th for the GG Rewards Day, and December 3rd for this year’s Giving Tuesday. Get these dates in your diary and await more information from us about these campaigns closer to the time (check our social media networks, or email us to stay in the loop!). We look forward to spending another year with you all – and don’t forget to share our GlobalGiving page with friends and family to help us make our network bigger.  Our 2019 goal is raise even more funds on the site than in 2018 and we need your help!!
Thank you, Superstars, and here’s to another year of creating sustainable change for families in Darfur!

Gift Certificates – How to order one!

The perfect gift this Christmas!   Do you want to make a donation to Kids for Kids on behalf of a loved one this Holiday Season?  Here we show you exactly how you can – and receive a fantastic Gift Certificate to give them!

  1. Visit our website and choose the gift you would like to give.  This can be absolutely anything from a Goat,  Donkey,  Mosquito Nets,  Farm Tools,  Education for a child for the year, or anything else you desire!
  2. Make your donation online. As you check out, the website will ask you for any ‘Order Notes’ you may have. In this box please write details of the Gift Certificate(s), including the spelling of all names. Please include To, From, and any other message you would like. Please also detail where you would like it emailed or mailed.
  3. We create a Gift Certificate just for your loved one!  The perfect gift – a gift that gives on.

We give your gift to a family in Darfur, and create a personalised Gift Certificate for your loved one. All our projects are sustainable so your gift will go on to help more and more families each year.

Kids for Kids is helping people to help themselves, stay in their homes, and give children a chance at a better future. Our sustainable projects lift families out of poverty and transform whole communities long-term.  Every donation you make this Holiday Season will help us to continue our life saving work in Darfur and adopt five new villages in 2019. 2018 was one of the most difficult year’s we have seen in Darfur, with drought and then famine leaving families hungry for most of the year. For the first time, Kids for Kids had to provide emergency aid and in 2019 we will have to help families rebuild. Your support this time of year will make certain we are giving families the best possible chance next year.

If you have any questions or need any additional help please email contact@kidsforkids.org.uk or ring Sage Lancaster on 07528 194495.  We are more than happy to help!

Planning a children’s party?

We know how time consuming it can be to plan your children’s parties each year – and so does Little Sharers!   New gifting and party planning service Little Sharers is aiming to change the way we look at gifts for kids’ parties. Founder (and mum to two daughters) Alexandra is no stranger to the world of birthday parties, and saw a way to cut down the party to-do list for both planners and guests, cut down on excess and duplicate gifts, and support charities close to our hearts at the same time. Kids for Kids is delighted to be a Little Sharers Charity and we are thrilled that children in the UK are celebrating their birthday’s and helping children their same age in Darfur in the process.

Here are 3 Key Reasons to Give your Kid’s Party a Charitable Twist:

1. Everyone saves time

Busy parents receive the invitation in their inboxes, and can RSVP and take care of the gift at the same time, there and then, from their smartphone. Magic!

2. Everyone cuts down on waste

Rather than a table groaning with hastily-bought gifts, the half of the party fund that goes to the organiser can be put towards something the child will love. Not only is this a fantastic reward for their charitable giving, but it means each guest has contributed to a truly loved gift, rather than a pile of presents which run the danger of possibly never seeing the light of day once unwrapped on party day.

3. Kids are empowered to affect change

Introducing kids to the work of charitable organisations at an early age is a fantastic way to encourage their engagement with issues they care about. They will be confident in their ability to make a difference to a charity, and will understand the importance of their contribution, no matter how small.

No child is too young to make a real difference in the world, and Little Sharers introduces your young ones to this in a magical way. It is such a fantastic idea to throw a party for a child here and have it help children in Darfur who have not only never had a party of their own, but have never even had a toy to play with. So visit the Little Sharers website, talk to your child about the importance of throwing a party for Kids for Kids, and start planning the best birthday part ever!  https://www.littlesharers.com/

Fishing for Goats brings in big reward!

Saturday the 13th of October marked our annual Fly Fishing Event: Fishing for Goats! – and what an extraordinary day it was. We were blessed with summer conditions, still waters, blue skies, and absolutely beautiful for October. Although this did not make the fishing very easy, everyone had a fantastic time and have said they want to come again next year!   Early warning for next year’s fishing date –  Saturday 12th October 2019!

Despite not receiving any sponsorship this year, our guests enjoyed themselves so much that many donated even more than the ticket price, leading us to raise the most funds ever for our fishing day – a fantastic £1,988.51!  This amount has enabled us to provide 30 more Urgent Need Packages of sorghum flour and seed, plus 12 goats of course, to families still at risk of starvation in Darfur. This has been one of the worst year’s to date and we are so grateful to our wonderful supporters for helping us to provide emergency help to people suffering the famine. We are not an emergency organisation, but when no one else is helping families in rural Darfur villages we have had no choice – we cannot let people or animals starve.

So grateful to our wonderful fishing instructors, the Surrey Committee for organising the event, and chefs that provided all our fishermen with delicious breakfast, lunch, and kept them supplied with tea and coffee throughout the day.  Thank you so much to all who joined us! Please spread the word about our annual Fly Fishing event, and make sure you get some friends on board to join you next October.

Rotary Club Donates £1,000 For Jerry Cans!

Earlier this year, Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO visited the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield and gave a presentation about the life saving work that Kids for Kids does.  Patricia was delighted to be visited recently by Club President, Alec Landauer, and Sue McMillan from the International Committee, at her home in Dorking and presented with a cheque for £1,000 to be spent on Jerry Cans!  “What a wonderful surprise this was!” said Patricia, “Families are in desperate need of jerry cans right now for the first time ever so this is the perfect donation.”

2018 is the first year we have ever known that families have been sharing the use of a jerry can to fetch water. Women like Halima from Um Jum Jum, a village we adopted this year, has been sharing her neighbour’s jerry can because hers had cracked some time ago. Sharing a jerry can also means sharing the precious water you have walked miles across the desert to collect – the only water your family will have that day.  How could you part with it?

The wonderful donation from the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield is enough to buy 130 jerry cans, meaning one for almost all of our new beneficiary families in our five 2018 villages!  We are thrilled.  If you too would like to donate a jerry can, please do not hesitate to do so – every jerry can donated will be put to use, allowing families to collect more water daily.  Donate a jerry can now.

Graham Tackles Normandy By Bike

Update: Graham’s cycle is now complete! On Monday 5th November Graham was live on BBC Radio Solent – click here to listen.

This month, long time Kids for Kids supporter, Graham Baynes is cycling 250 miles around Normandy with his grandson, Jamie and fundraising in the process! Since 2006, Graham has taken on cycling challenges yearly, cycling all over the United Kingdom!  From the West Country in 2010 to Edinburgh in 2014 and Wales in 2015 Graham is now taking his bike over to France to spend a week cycling in Normandy.  What a fantastic man!  Over the years Graham has raised thousands of pounds for Kids for Kids – saving and improving the lives of thousands of children living in the most impoverished conditions.   It is difficult to say thank you properly to Graham, his family and his supporters.   The amazing challenges Graham sets himself – with his 85th birthday coming up later this year! – inspires us all.

We asked Graham for some details about his upcoming cycle:

“The 2018 route is from Poole, through Cherbourg to the bottom of the Cotentin Peninsula, and thence to Arromanches (including its splendid museum of the Landing Beaches), and Pegasus Bridge, viewing beaches and cemeteries en route.  Thereafter it will be Bayeux, to see the tapestry, and a stop on the way back to visit a hamlet called Baynes.  (Apart from the name, there is no known link.) The return will be through Carentan and Cherbourg to Poole, with the hopes that both Ferry trips will involve kind weather. The total distance for my grandson Jamie and me over the 5-day period 22-26 October should be 250 miles.”

But how did Graham get started fundraising for Kids for Kids all those years ago?  We are delighted to share with you his story – an absolutely heart warming account of a cycling journey that began when Graham was 72 year’s old.

“It was my wife, Nancy, who came across Kids for Kids, and it happened that one of my sons-in-law planned to ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats shortly afterwards.  He invited me to pedal with him in 2006, and I said Yes, without thinking too much about what it would involve.  At 72, I needed to get fit to cover the nearly 1,000 miles at 75 miles per day, which concentrated the mind on whether the decision was the right one, as I had done nothing of this nature since being a lad.  I had no intention of looking for sponsorship – it was the ride which counted – but others said I should make use of the opportunity, so I decided on Kids for Kids.

Sponsorship came mainly from the local churches and the orchestra to which I belong, and it turned out to be a profitable venture, raising about £3,600 for this one cycle. Having regained enthusiasm for cycling, and with the thought that I could do more for the charity, I made the ride an annual fixture. Over the last dozen years this upcoming trip will be my third venture into France.  During the first (solo) one, a French couple saw my banner and subscribed some euros, which were both welcome and a surprise.  The second cycle followed the route of the Tour de Manche – or tried to do so.

Some of my rides have been solo; others with my usual weekly cycling partner, Terry Holder, who accompanied me to Bradford Cathedral one year, to let them know what Kids for Kids does in their linked Diocese of Sudan. He has supported me around Wales and to other areas. Members of the family joined me on my 80th birthday ride: 500 miles from Wareham to Edinburgh, finishing in the building where I was born.  They also (including  one daughter with secondary cancer) came on the Hadrian’s Wall circuit last year.

I have been asked about training.  I don’t train – I enjoy cycling and go out regularly, to include a trip of 50 – 70 miles each week.  I then base the annual ride on what I think I can manage. It has worked so far.  My weekly ride is in Dorset, where the hills tell you what you are capable of.  A day will generally include between 1,600 and 2,500 feet of climb.  Terry and I are agreed that, if we can get from sea level to the top of the steep hill in Portland (some 400’) without getting off, we can survive a few other challenges.

What do I wear, and what sort of bike do I use?  If I were to train, I might consider Lycra.  As it is, I have no background as a ballet dancer and wear, what my family describe as, my gardening clothes.  The bike is heavy, but reliable.  The ride from Land’s End, with cycle and luggage weighing 40% of my body weight, did, though, teach me a sharp lesson in minimising baggage. And no, I don’t take a tent.  At least I still have enough sense to let somebody else provide a bed and breakfast.”

“Is it worth it?  From my estimate of £20,000 for 6,700 miles over the last 12 years, the reader must judge.  I believe it is.”

Graham would like a north wind on the first day and south for the rest of the journey! Do keep your fingers crossed for him. If you would like to make a donation toward’s Graham’s upcoming cycle, please visit our Donate Now page, mentioning ‘Graham 2018’ at checkout. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Terry rises to a Challenge in one of the most difficult years in Darfur

Last month, Terry Neale cycled the 53 miles from London to Brighton to raise funds for Kids for Kids.  That was challenge enough but on top of that he raised a staggering £2,149 – fantastic!  Patricia Parker MBE, CEO and Founder of Kids for Kids said, “It is such a delight to have Terry supporting our work.  This time he has gone above and beyond!  There is so much preparation that goes into a challenge like this, plus the fundraising, and to raise so much is just brilliant and so important now when children are so hungry. What he has raised means we can provide 47 families with an Urgent Need Package of flour and seed that will not only feed them now until the harvest but they will have seed to plant for next year too.   So grateful!”

Sponsored events make up a large amount of the total funds that come in, and are incredibly important to our work because every single penny goes directly to helping children in Darfur.  Are you interested in taking on a challenge? Is there something you’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the opportunity or courage yet?! Check out our Challenge Ideas  or get in touch if you have an idea of your own! We are happy to support you and publicise your fundraising work in any way we can.

Below, Terry shares with us his experience taking on this fantastic cycling challenge.  It is sure to inspire!

“In an impulsive moment in May this year, I decided I would do the London to Brighton bike ride to raise money for Kids for Kids. At least I was not so impulsive to rush into it.  I needed time to prepare, so opted for the September ride instead of the bigger one in June. Luckily for me, the weather for my ride was perfect. Cloudy but mild without any rain and very little wind – just a bit of a headwind on the the last part. The June one was in the middle of a heatwave – phew! A lucky escape.

I had no formal training plan or schedule to prepare for the ride although there is an elaborate scheme on the organiser’s website. It looked fine if you were some sort of highly organised fanatic but I decided to just do what I could. This involved a lot riding on the exercise bike at home much to the bemusement of my wife as the times got longer and longer. At least it is possible to listen to music or read on an exercise bike but a bit hazardous on the road.

I joined a local cycling club and went out with them a couple of times before the ride. It became clear on the first ride that the old mountain-bike I had been lent was not exactly ideal. It was very heavy and had to go. I managed to get a used bike from a local cycle shop which was made of carbon fibre and hence very light – which came in very handy not only for the ride but also at the end – as you will see.

The day before the ride, I discovered that my plan to take the bike on the train from my home in Brighton to Clapham Junction and then cycle to the start on Clapham Common (an extra two miles – aaargh!) was not going to be possible. The train companies decided to ban all bikes on trains out of all stations near Brighton up as far as Gatwick on the day of the ride! Wife to the rescue and Susie was kind enough to get up early on a Sunday morning and take me, and the bike, to Redhill for a train at 7.07.

I arrived at the start at about 08.00 with some trepidation. Would I be able to keep going to the end? How fast should I ride? If I went too fast initially, I might run out of steam later. Would there be so many riders that accidents were going to happen? Jockeying for position was not something I had trained for. There certainly seemed to be plenty of riders getting ready to set off. We had been told there was no starting order and, as long as we got going between 06.30 (yes, really) and 09.00, that was all that mattered.

We were released in small groups due to the car traffic still flowing around the common and I ended up with a bunch of riders wearing the same shirts – except me, of course. As we wound our way out of London, we got more and more strung out – and not just on the road. After 10 miles, there was a welcome water stop where those who had not had anything for breakfast could get a snack and hot drink. As I had eaten an enormous breakfast and couldn’t even contemplate eating any more, I had a quick breather, and some water, and I was on my way.

I soon saw my first accident – a young woman had not seen a rather indistinct curb and come off her bike. She appeared to have landed quite heavily on her knees. There were plenty of people around her to help so I pressed on.

Another water stop was available after 17 miles and I have no recollection of it at all – must have been concentrating!

A few miles further and there was another accident – a man had come down a steep descent and skidded on the gravel scattered on the road as it turned to go through a railway bridge. I think he must have hit the wall. Again, he had support around him so I carried on with a vivid image of his gravel-embedded grazes in my mind. A timely reminder to watch out for changes in the road surface which generally seemed to have been set up by the Highways Department as a challenge. What is a slight bump in your car is a real hazard on a bike.

After 30 miles, the lunch stop appeared at last! Even though it was still before 11.00, everyone was hungry! I would have got going again sooner but couldn’t resist the choice of puddings (how unlike me, I hear you say!) and joined a lengthy queue. Suitably stuffed, I set off again. Only 24 miles to go – including the dreaded Ditchling Beacon, a mile-long grind up a steep gradient, just on the outskirts of Brighton and after 44 miles of riding.

I had twice ridden out of Brighton up the hill to the top of Ditchling Beacon, down the other side and then attacked the ascent as a practice for the ride – part of my detailed training regime. I made it up on both occasions but that was not after riding 44 miles. I was far from certain I could do it without getting off and walking. The road started to ascend and I heard a young woman call out to her friend “Is this it?” I cheerfully called out “Yes, but it gets steeper!”. Didn’t seem to go down well. The further up I went, fewer and fewer riders were still on their bikes. It did seem to go on forever. Slowly (very slowly!), I crawled up to the top. What a feeling of achievement! I made it in one! A couple of bottles of water, a quick text to my family and huge crowd of supporters (3) to let them know when I was going to finish and I was off again. Nearly all downhill from here.

On the home straight along Marina Drive, a man came up alongside and, for no discernible reason, started to tell me his life story. He seemed very proud to have finished the ride at the ripe old age of 54. I felt it would be unkind to tell him I was 68 and accepted the fact that he must have thought I was younger than he was with grace.

A bit of a sprint towards the finish line and it was finally all over. My cheering family were just beyond the line and I thoughtfully pulled over to do my Lewis Hamilton impersonation and give them all a hug. Unfortunately, a lady on her bike was just behind me and didn’t seem to expect me to stop. She just managed to stop in time but didn’t seem impressed. Little could spoil my feeling of elation, however, and I quickly dismounted to go in search of some amber liquid refreshment. The end of a memorable day!”    Terry Neale

 

Please get in touch if you would like any help setting up your own fundraising challenge!

Archbishop of Wales Honours Kids for Kids

Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO, was welcomed to Brecon Cathedral on Saturday 15th for a Service honouring the charities chosen to benefit from the Archbishop’s 2018 Lent Appeal. The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies,  welcomed representatives from Faith in Families, Hay, Brecon & Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees, and Carers Wales,for the service celebrating the World Mission of the Church and – Kids for Kids! – affirming their Commitment to Service.

“I was thrilled the Archbishop chose to support Kids for Kids this year,” said Patricia Parker. “It has been one of the hardest years in Darfur that I have ever known.  Families endure lives of enormous deprivation but when drought and famine hit them they have little resilience. The magnificent sum of £2,466. 50 raised by the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon during their Lent Appeal for all the churches in the diocese has enabled us to help families in dire need who have had no access to food all year. What a beautiful service.    It was a privilege hearing about the amazing work carried out by the other charities too.   Thank you everyone in Wales.   A special thank you to the Reverend Paul Shackerley, Dean of Brecon Cathedral, for recommending Kids for Kids to The Bishop.   This means a great deal to me”.

If any church would like to support Kids for Kids this Harvest Season, we would be thrilled to hear from you. Do read our Harvest Appeal to find out more about why families need our help right now during the Hungry Months.