I am delighted to announce that the Central London Humanist Group has reached its ?3,700 fundraising target in aid of the Emitos Girls Humanist Football Team in Uganda!
It took several months of hard work but we?re finally there. Bits and pieces are still coming in, but I can say that the grand total is at least ?3,850
Emitos, whose mission is to empower and educate girls aged 12-20 years through football, will use the money to fully equip the club, take part in tournaments and continue its reproductive health and HIV/AIDs educational programme and counseling. The first installment of the money was sent earlier this year, and the final amount will enable Emitos to fully achieve its plans. You can see a list of how the money is being spent here: http://charitygiving.co.uk/emitos
The money was raised in the following ways, by the following people to whom I want to say a massive thank you:
- Two booksales in London, raising ?444, and Hertfordshire, raising ?308. Thank you to all those who donated books to the sales. This includes prominent humanist writers such as Ariane Sherine, Richard Norman, Dan Barker and Jim Herrick who donated signed copies of their books to sell and the New Humanist Magazine who donated a selection of brand new books. Thank you to Amnesty UK for lending us there hall free of charge for the first event, and to Jill (my mum!) for donating her house for the second!
- A-level students at The Broxbourne School raised a fantastic ?545 over the course of this year (and they?ve said they?re not stopping there)!
- ?100 Club? prize draw which raised ?100. The lucky winners will be announced shortly.
- ?98 from our picnickers at Kensington Gardens last Saturday. Thanks to Dave Miller for organising and the BHA Choir for providing delightful music
- Jeremy Gibbs at IHEU for never growing tired of helping me with the accounts and online fundraising page
- Josh, for first visiting the team and coming up with the idea to fundraise, and for spreading the news about Emitos via http://sites.google.com/site/emitosnews
- CLHG committee members and other volunteers who came up with fundraising ideas.
And last but not least?
, individual CLHG members! It?s through small collections at meetings and individual donations via the site that we slowly but surely made it to our total.
The money will be transferred directly to the team in the coming weeks once Dove Trust, who hosted our online fundraising page transfer the money (minus their admin fee which amounts to about ?100 which I?ve already subtracted from the grand total above), along with the GiftAid we?ve accumulated. Then, the International Humanist Trust, who have kindly lent us their support throughout, will transfer the money to Annette Nalunga in Uganda, who organises the project.
I can?t thank everyone enough for helping the CLHG to raise money for this very worthy cause. To me, this achievement is a reminder that humanists are every bit as charitable as religious people, and absolutely motivated to help other people. It is an example of what humanism is all about ? using our shared human values to help bring about a world in which all people are able to flourish and fully enjoy the one life we have.?Being part of Emitos has changed the way I used to think. I used to think that God and prayer were a solution were a solution to my problems. When I got problems I would just kneel down and pray to God. But when I joined Emitos things became different. We have been taught ever to be courageous enough and reason out circumstances and think critically in order to solve our problems.? ? Abdi Remmy, 17, Emitos FC Player
P.S. It will take a couple of weeks for the final donations to be processed so it?s by no means too late to donate! Visit http://charitygiving.co.uk/emitos
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