Prudential RideLondon: 100, it’s only a number!

Julian Taylor cycled in this year’s Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100 which took place on August 4th. The event is held every year in August and gives cyclists the chance to ride on closed roads in the centre of London, out to Surrey and back again completing 100 miles round trip!  We are delighted to share with you a personal account directly from Julian of his experience. It is certain to inspire you to take part next year!  Read more about the Prudential or get in touch to express your interest in the 2020 Event.

100, it’s only a number!

by Julian Taylor

“I have wanted to ride in the London Surrey 100 and have entered through the ballot a number of times without success, so it was great to be able to enter and raise money for a great charity at the same time. When we were made aware of the opportunity my eldest daughter Sophia said she would really like to enter as well.

I undertook a fairly disciplined approach to training, taking in some steep hills and long rides to make sure that I was prepared. Sophia meanwhile took the “it’ll be alright” approach.

The weekend of the event arrived far more quickly than I expected and started with registration at The Excel on the Saturday where we went to pick up our numbers and a very generous free water bottle!

I must admit to not sleeping much that night due to nerves and knowing we had to be up at 4.45am to get to our starting position. The day started with 2 Shredded Wheat and then believe it or not a 7 mile bike ride to get to the start. We were positive and called it a warm up.

As with all large events there is a lot of hanging around before you start, but the marshalling and organisation was excellent. We were right at the front of Orange wave M overlooking the Olympic stadium as we waited to start.

We started the ride at 8.20am after a big countdown and we were off with adrenaline flowing and hearts pumping, trying to remember the sage advice of don’t start too quickly! It was fabulous right from the start. Riding a bike on closed roads is fairly rare and privileged thing to be able to do. With all concerns about cars vans and lorries removed along with the need to stop for junctions, traffic lights or roundabouts you do travel far more quickly than normal.

You will have to excuse this Yorkshireman for not remembering or knowing the exact route details, but we flew round Trafalgar square, went past the V&A and out over Chiswick Bridge before heading through Richmond park and past Hampton Court. We were loving every mile and keeping up a great pace as we headed out into Surrey.

Surrey was green, leafy and had a couple of small hills that we needed to get up. Leith Hill was the pick of the bunch. Lots of people were walking, but we made it up. Each corner you came to you thought this is it, only to go round and find a bit more hill!

I waited at the top for Sophia and the ride down the other side was worth the climb. Tactfully I didn’t discuss the disadvantages of  “it’ll be alright” training compared to hill training!

We passed through some familiar places as we have family in Leatherhead. I was really disappointed that they hadn’t chalked our names on the road! But we were heading for home and back inside the M25. Sophia’s Legs metaphorically fell off at about 75 miles and I had to be there cycling next to her with useful fatherly advice like “just keep turning the pedals”. I won’t disclose her response.

The last challenge was Wimbledon Hill at 90 miles which everyone said is awful. There were big crowds, bands and lots of encouragement and we floated up the hill pretty easily. At this point Sophia realised she was just about there and the smile came back.

We came back into Central London over Putney Bridge and what an amazing finish, heading along the Embankment before taking in Horse Guards, The Houses of Parliament and of course an absolutely Iconic finish down the Mall towards the Palace.

Thank you to Kids for Kids for the chance to ride. It was an amazing experience and made all the better by knowing that we were raising money that will help to make life more sustainable for some of the most disadvantaged children in the world.

If people want to add to our sponsorship, you can donate at  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/julian-taylor-wtk-PRLS-2019-36992 and many many thanks to the people who have generously supported us. We will be back next year!

Julian

 

Are you interested in taking on a challenge and raising funds for Kids for Kids?  Find out what challenges are available or get in touch to tell us of your own challenge!

Cyclists cross the Finish Line!

Four keen cyclists Ride London!

This year we were absolutely delighted to have four cyclists taking part in the 100 mile cycle from the middle of London into the beautiful Surrey Hills and the famous slopes of Box Hill – mean feat!

Representing Delamere Dairy, long time supporter of Kids for Kids, Alan and Stuart took on this weekend’s cycle and have raised £2,000 (so far!) that will go directly to Darfur!  “It was so much better in the dry this year – last year I was soaked to the skin before crossing the starting line!” said Stuart. “The better weather meant both Leith Hill and Box Hill were fully open, so we completed the full 100 miles. We told other riders and spectators about Kids for Kids whenever we could. All the best!”

Newer supporters of Kids for Kids, Julian Taylor and his daughter Sophia also took on the Prudential cycle and thoroughly  enjoyed it.  “Thank you to Kids for Kids for the chance to ride. It was an amazing experience and made all the better by knowing that we were raising money that will help to make life more sustainable for some of the most disadvantaged children in the world,” said Julian.  Julian has written all about his experience preparing for this challenge and then taking part. It is sure to inspire you – read here!

“I am beyond grateful!” said Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO. “All our riders have been absolutely brilliant in raising funds for Kids for Kids and they did a fantastic job in their cycle. It means so much to us to have people take on such an intense challenge, knowing they are helping children with so little in Darfur.”

We are so grateful to these cyclists for their hard work training and fundraising in advance of the event. There is still time to support them via their fundraising pages. Anything you donate will go straight to Darfur.

Support Alan and Stuart!

Support Julian and Sophia!

 

 

Sudan is in Turmoil – Please Help

Over the past months, Sudan has been in turmoil, not just in the capital, but across the entire country. People have taken up the cry “We are Darfur” at last realising the tragedy of life in Darfur since the violence started in 2002.  Families in Darfur have faced violence and uncertainty for years.

In a time when people are creating fake instagram accounts pretending to raise funds to help get food to those in great need in Sudan, we want to assure you that there is something real you can do to help. To make an immediate and long-lasting difference to children’s lives during this time of uncertainty please support Kids for Kids, the only charity created specifically to help families in Darfur.  With the help of volunteers from the 92 communities we have adopted to date, we have been providing life saving and life transforming grassroots projects since 2001. Today we can say we have helped over 500,000 people in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world – but there are thousands more in dire need.

We are glad to tell you all that during the internet outage that plagued the country until just recently, we have still had news coming in about all our projects from our Programme Manager, Salim, and our Project Leader, Hassan. The news has all come via texts – a very difficult and time consuming method – but incredibly important so we could stay up to date with all that was happening. Their hard work and dedication has kept us able to function and continue working despite the lack of internet. There is no electricity in villages,  but internet in El Fasher (backed up by a generator when the electricity fails – which is frequent) means we are normally in touch on a daily basis with our wonderful team.

Latest News:  The bi-annual goat rotation and review meetings in Hillat Minair Village, adopted in 2016 were held on Monday 15th July, in Um Keddada (2016) on Wednesday 17th July, and Aefin (2016) on Monday 22nd July. This means even more families now have goats, and that means milk for their children.  Their lives will be changed for good.

 

Did you know that children died from starvation in 2018 in Darfur?   The world did nothing. But now you can help. One of our key projects is a Goat Loan Programme.  Our Goats mean milk with urgently needed protein and nutrients for children who suffer malnutrition, and excess milk gives an income for women, who sell surplus goat’s milk and yogurt at market.  We are providing goats for the poorest 353 families across eight villages in urgent need – can you help?

A goat costs just £50, but anything, however small, will help us to make a difference in one of the most neglected regions of the world. Please donate now if you believe in the future of Sudan.

Please also share this page!  Small donations really do add up to make a huge difference. And please don’t forget to tag us.  We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bristol’s Clifton College raises over £2000!

Earlier this year we were delighted to receive the news that the alma mater of Alan Jenkins, Kids for Kids Trustee, was to support our life-saving work in 2019!  Clifton College, established in 1862 in Bristol, has a wonderful charity committee who research and vote for charities they want to support each term – and chose Kids for Kids this past term!

Students came up with some brilliant fundraising ideas and ended up holding many events for Kids for Kids! These included Valentines Day chocolate sales, ice-cream sales, a second-hand uniform pop-up shop, and a home-clothes day!  How imaginative and brilliant fun does that all sound?! All these activities together have raised a huge total of £2112.29, which will go straight to our projects in Darfur!

Patricia Parker, Kids for Kids Founder, says “People are really struggling in Darfur right now.  Inflation continues to be over 40%, people cannot afford the most basic of essentials, bread and medicines, and even these are in short supply across the whole country.  The big aid agencies have not been in Darfur for years so there is little hope of help for anyone living in remote villages, beyond the camps, however desperate their need. This is why the support of Clifton College makes a huge difference to us.”

Patricia hopes to visit Clifton College in the Autumn to speak with the students, letting them know exactly what the funds they raised have been able to do for children in Darfur, Sudan. It is beyond important that all our supporters can see the real impact their hard work is having.

Thank you, Clifton College! 

 

If your school is interested in supporting Kids for Kids, please get in touch!   We would love to hear from you.

Farleigh School Cakes go for Goats!

We are delighted to share with you a brilliant fundraiser held on Friday June 14th at Farleigh School in Andover, Hampshire. A cake sale held by the Girls in Year 6 has raised a fantastic £390!

In November, Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO, was invited by Deputy Head Mike Matthews to visit the School. “It was such a heartwarming visit,” Patricia recalls. “Children in the scholarship class had such thoughtful questions.”

The Kids for Kids team is thrilled by the huge amount raised from a cake sale. “It just goes to show how successful something enjoyed so much at school can make an amazing difference to children so incredibly far away. Students at Farleigh worked really hard to make all the super treats, and now they are choosing exactly what they feel will have the biggest sustainable impact on children their own age in Darfur. Thank you all, so much.”

Year 6 Girls have decided where they would like the funds to be spent in Darfur and have chosen to purchase with their earnings: One Donkey, One Goat, 100 Vaccinations, 20 Fruit Trees, Two Jerry Cans, Two Mosquito Nets, Three Laying Hens and a Rooster, and Training to take care of the Animals. Patricia told the girls, “Your decisions about what to put the money towards are all really thoughtful and things people cannot possibly afford to buy – and all of our projects succeed of course because of training.  It is so rewarding to see that you really understand what we are doing.”

Mrs Dianne Rawlings, Farleigh Librarian, says, “We think that the cake sale will be the beginning of our fund raising.”  Most welcome words!!  Have a really well earned summer holiday, all at Farleigh School – what a high at the end of a successful school year.

 

 

If you know a school that would like to support Kids for Kids, please get in touch! We would so love to hear from you.

What a Ball!

This year’s Ambassadors’ Ball went above and beyond what we could have hoped for! From the champagne reception sponsored by Moet & Chandon,  to dancing to the Funktonite tunes, every moment was filled with smiles, generosity, and so much love for Kids for Kids. We are blown away by how kind everyone has been, including  friends unable to attend the Ball, who have made donations towards our total. With the situation in Sudan so unstable the one thing sadly we know already is that conditions for families in Darfur will be even worse.

We are just finalising the total raised from The Ambassadors’ Ball this year so stay tuned!!! But for now please enjoy some of the photographs from a most incredible evening and put Saturday June 6th in your calendar for the 2020 Ambassadors’ Ball!  With a huge thanks to our fantastic photographer, Antonia Penia who has outdone herself once more! A selection of photos are below, with many many more available for purchase on Antonia’s website here: https://www.antoniapenia.com/kidsforkids19. Please contact Antonia with any questions: antoniapeniacom@gmail.com.

Kids for Kids Founder invited to 11 Downing Street for The Times / Sternberg Active Life Award Ceremony

“For some people turning 70 represents time to slow down, scale back on their activities and start putting themselves first. Other exceptional people, however, do the opposite and continue with or even step up their involvement in the communities or causes that matter to them.”

Patricia Parker MBE, 71-year-old CEO and Founder of Kids for Kids, had the honour of being named Runner Up in The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award, recognising the achievements of those over the age of 70.  Patricia and colleagues were welcomed by The Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation together with The Times Newspaper to 11 Downing Street, by kind permission of the Rt. Hon. The Chancellor of the Exchequer. Winner of this year’s Award was Denis Rutovitz (90), who started Edinburgh Direct Aid in 1992 and has made many trips providing urgently needed aid all over the world – from Kosovo during the Croatian War of Independence to Kenya to help AIDS orphans to Sri Lanka post Tsunami.

Patricia said, “I am hugely honoured to be named Runner Up to such an outstanding man. It was such a pleasure to meet him and learn what he continues to achieve. I am also thrilled for Kids for Kids. Being recognised by such a prestigious Award will I hope raise the profile of the forgotten children of Darfur who live in such deprived conditions. For this to happen now, when Sudan is in turmoil, is perfect timing. Whoever ends up running Sudan has enormous challenges to face, and because Darfur is so far from the capital it has always been the last to receive help of any kind. This recognition will help spread the news of the life-saving sustainable projects we provide to remote communities, transforming the lives of children long term.” Patricia has donated her £1,000 Award to provide more help to children in Darfur.

The presentation ceremony at Downing Street on Tuesday 21st May heard from Baroness Altmann about distinguished earlier recipients of the Award, as well as from Michael Sternberg from the Sternberg Foundation who reminded us of the many people across history whose greatest achievements have been when others might have stepped back into retirement. Mr Rutovitz gave a moving speech about the importance of getting more older people involved in helping those around the world in great need. After returning to Edinburgh after his first visit to Bosnia, Denis realised that there were many people willing and eager to help by fundraising and donating, and that not only was he going to continue helping those in need, his work would be helping those looking for a way to help. Patricia too found that it was not only children in Darfur whose lives Kids for Kids is changing. “It is a privilege to speak to children here. They are excited and empowered by finding that raising even a little money themselves makes a real impact on children their own age living such different lives. It gives them hope and helps them realise that you are never too young – or too old – to make a difference!” said Patricia.

The Times/ Sternberg Active Life Award was set up in 2008 by Sir Sigmund Sternberg, a British- Hungarian businessman, inter-faith campaigner and philanthropist, in conjunction with The Times. He died in 2016. This year’s judging panel included Sir John Ritblat and Sir Tom Farmer, the businessmen, and Craig Tregurtha, group managing editor of The Times and The Sunday Times.

For More Information or to use any Photographs please contact Sage Lancaster: sage@kidsforkids.org.uk, 07528 194495

Please Note: All official photos taken by Richard Pohle, The Times Photographer. Photos from Darfur taken by Alastair King-Smith

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

If you are supporting from outside of the UK, please donate via our Global Giving Project!

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!