A cycle ride from Cairo to Cape TownSam asked his family and friends to sponsor him for the longest, toughest, most amazing bicycle race in the world: Tour d’Afrique . From January to May, Sam and his team cycled for 95 days covering a distance of 7,500 miles across Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Sam raised enough money to fund a vital water project in a remote village with many orphans and vulnerable children. This protected spring in Namungo sub-county will provide safe, reliable water for three villages, 180 families and approximately 1,260 people. The rest of the money purchased a cow for the demonstration farm. The milk will be used in the farm kitchen, the cow dung will demonstrate soil enrichment, the urine is a vital ingredient in the organic pesticide recipe; it will also be used to generate biogas for the farm kitchen.
Cathie has 10 Protected Springs to her name and 3 more to come.
” I have been sewing all my life just for my family and friends. Over the years I started selling a few things at Christmas for charity. I came to know about BkB from a member of our church. I thought if I could make enough money to protect just one spring how it would change the lives of so many.
I started making Quilts: Wall Hangings, Christening Quilts and special Wedding Quilts; but it is the Christmas Stockings and Christmas Quilts which make the most money. I start hand quilting them from January, working all year, completing them for Christmas. I do not have to advertise them. People just contact me by phone or email or have purchased something and come back for something else. It’s amazing. Some have been sent to America, Holland, Ireland, England and France, all hand made in my loft in Wishaw. Can I say this is a family effort. Although I do the sewing my husband and my two daughters keep the house going and do all the running about for me.
To date we have protected 10 springs and have made enough money to protect a further 3, so hopefully by the end of this year there will be 13 . . . and still sewing.”
Think up something you can do to raise much needed funds.
If you are employed, try getting your employer to match the amount you make.