Dressing up for Darfur to Raise Awareness on the RotaWalk’21

Well, what a way to spend a sunny Sunday..!

If you happened to be in Holmwood Common, just south of Dorking, on Sunday 12th September, you may well have spotted the odd odd-looking GOAT, CHICKEN and even a FRIED EGG taking on the 4-mile RotaWalk’21, organised by Rotary in Dorking, to raise much-needed funds for Kids for Kids!

There was much hilarity indeed, as well as increased awareness of Kids for Kids’ life-changing animal projects and generous donations raised!

We set ourselves an ambitious target of £500 – that’s enough to provide TEN goats to two of the poorest families in Darfur. By the end of the walk, we had raised over £600!

Just think how the goat’s milk will strengthen and nourish the children of the family. Children who are starving.

Tragically in some parts of Darfur there has been no sign of rain recently and the intense heat continues. In other areas there are floods which are washing away the seedlings that people have had to already plant. Darfur is the size of France, so you can understand the extremes. The result, of course, if this continues will be starvation for families who have no way of diversifying from their subsistence crops. It gives you an indication of the importance of animals and in the extreme conditions of Darfur, goats are the ones we can rely on when all others fail.

It has been such a worrying year with so many catastrophes combining to cause extreme hardship. Many families have been forced to eat the seed they had saved. We are therefore appealing, in addition to all of our much-needed projects, for emergency seed to enable families to plant so that they have something to feed their families in 2022. But it will be months before any harvest and meanwhile children are hungry. This is why our goats are so important. Their milk is indeed a life saver.  And after two years, as the flock grows from these five goats, five goats will be passed on to another family to benefit – this really is sustainability at its best.

Poppy Allum (7), the youngest member of the Kids for Kids team, was keen to support children her own age who are suffering in desperate conditions in Darfur.

She says “I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in Darfur, not having any water to drink or food to eat. I am doing this walk to tell more people about Darfur and to ask them to help these children too.”

Poppy did wonderfully in her fancy-dress get up and encouraged many donations by rattling the collection tin. She was a great sport – or should we say a ‘good egg’..!!

There is still time to donate to our Kids for Kids team and make a real difference.

To sponsor us online, just visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/KidsforKidsTeam

Or you can text ‘WALK4GOATS’, followed by your donation amount, to 70085.

For example:

To donate £5, text ‘WALK4GOATS 5’ to 70085.

To donate £10, text ‘WALK4GOATS 10’ to 70085.

To donate £20, text ‘WALK4GOATS 20’ to 70085.

Thank you so much – just think of the difference you’ll make! And in the meantime, here are some funny photos of our 4 mile challenge…