Wednesday, 14 January 2015

December fundraisers

The first weekend in December was hectic for Scottish Trustees, with 2 fundraising events. On Saturday 6th, 'stalwarts' Margaret, Gilian and Jo, helped by 'new blood' members Charlotte and Hilary, ran 3 stalls at the Penicuik Street Fair. Charlotte and Hilary proved themselves natural fundraisers, including dab hands at running the Tombola stall, selling raffle tickets, and presiding over the children's Lucky Dip. We had masses of raffle prizes, including a giant Christmas hamper and a wonderful CD by celebrity singer Emeli Sande.

Did you know she is part Zambian, part Scottish? Emeli was born in Glasgow, to a Scottish mother and Zambian father. She grew up in rural Aberdeenshire and studied medicine before finding her niche as a singer. We would love her to become a Patron of our organisation. Her new album,Our Version of Events, was one of our raffle prizes and it was won by our Trustee, Hilary (pictured below, 3rd photo down)! Our emphasis was on fundraising for 2 further Nurse Training Scholarships (around £500/5,000 Zambia Kwachas each). A generous donor has sponsored one whole Scholarship. Scottish Friends are fundraising for the other.

A second event, highlighted by our Trustee Nicola, was a sponsored Christmas walk/run in central Edinburgh. Nicola (young and fit!) ran the 6K course. Jo (pictured below) walked it with her Dutch walking friend Toos, who has recently holidayed in Malawi and Zambia. She really enjoyed Zambia and was thrilled with South Luangwa national park. After the walk, Jo and Toos wandered in Edinburgh's beautiful Botanic Gardens and, on a giant map of the world, Jo pointed out where Chitambo is in relation to Luangwa Valley. What a small world!

Sponsorship came pouring in. Thanks to Nicola for the bright sponsorship idea and to all our other Trustees for their hard work in supporting these events.

Street Fair and sponsored walk photos:

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