Monday, May 14, 2007

Support a Volunteer Project in Africa

Teenager Tiffany Cavanagh, Head Girl at the Ursuline College in Westgate, has asked if I would let people know of a "Wine and Wisdom" evening at Birchington Church Hall, Our Lady & St Benedict Catholic Church on Friday 18th May at 7pm doors open for a 7.30 start.

The purpose is to raise money to fund her volunteer project in Kenya in July. She will be working with children, teaching English, counselling victims and orphans of AIDs and working on community development.

Ticket price is £6 with a glass of wine and buffet included, Bring your own extra soft drinks and alcohol of your choice.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whilst I wish Miss Kavanagh all the best with her 'trip', I hope that this site is not now going to become a 'plug it' for all those 'volunteering' to go on organised charity trips. Otherwise it will be boot fairs and jumble sales next!

DrMoores said...

After over two years, I don't think so. In this case, I'm simply encouraging a young person in her good work and offering a little moral support!

Anonymous said...

I think its great to put this up for support. There are so many negative stories about teenagers its nice to see something positive about local young people. I can't go on the 18th but I'll gladly make a donation.

Anonymous said...

I am all for people and particuarly the young, getting involved with worthwhile charitable projects. I don't know if its because I have become cynical in my old age but why do people have to 'Walk the Great Wall of China' or 'Cycle in Peru' or in this case go to Kenya to do good works. There are now commercial firms who 'run' these events for 'volunteers' and a 'volunteer' needs to pay them £2000 - £3000 to do it! At the weekend the splendid girls who get involved in Breast Cancer fund-raising flogged up and down Ben Nevis; 'boring'some might say;'old hat' others might rejoin but none the less effective in raising money to go directly to the charity. It might not be quite the same 'adventure' but the young lady in question can find Aids, poverty, social deprivation, homelessness and community projects on her own doorstep in Cliftonville West Ward and other wards in Thanet; she has but to look.

Anonymous said...

I sometimes feel there is something of a scam with these volunteering charity weeks.

Last year a bunch of youngsters from the same college went to all our local Catholic communities asking for donations to fund their pilgramige to Bosnia I think it was.

They were going to go and work with the refugees of the civil war and wanted people to help pay for the trip. A worthwhile idea, and the local parishes were very generous! They were going to come back to each of the churches afterwards, and give a presentation of their trip.

I later found out from a fellow member of the congregation who has links with the college, that the youngsters had had a fantastic 'holiday' and had spent all of 30 minutes with the refugees during their weeks pilgrimage! And no they never came back and gave us a presentation as promised!

Perhaps I am being cynical, but I would rather support someone willing to volunteer to help some of Thanets deprived, young and old, then once again fund someones holiday!

Anonymous said...

Fair enough to the girl. If she goes I hope it is all worthwhile and we should encourage her though I take the point with some outlandish efforts like sponsored parachute jumps for instance, what is the point? Cost of fuel and man hours and the cost of repairing broken legs as too often happens. Whatever, I hope she does well in her endeavor and makes a real contribution.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9-50 You heard it so it must be true!

Anonymous said...

Anon of 12.10, 9.50's comments are quite accurate. My son was involved and he felt a wee bit embarrassed when i asked him about the refugee project work!

Anonymous said...

hey Simon, thank you for that! The evening was a real success, we made £670 which will be doubled by Barclays bank so I'm really pleased, it has really helped with my progress- I am a litlle less stressed about money now! Thank you for all your help, perhaps if you could post this info on the website just to let people know that it was a success and thank you to all that helped! I really do appreciate all your help, so thank you once and once again! kind regards