07 May April 2015 Newsletter – Thank You…
To all supporters
It is good to tell you about progress in Malawi in these updates, but this month I want to say thank you. There are so many requests for your money and support, and I am deeply touched, and grateful, that you give to Medic Malawi. You can continue to be sure that every penny reaches those who need your gifts, with no UK costs.
So – my sincere thanks for all events and donations recently, including Breakfasts for Malawi. I mentioned a while ago that eggs are scientifically proven to make people generous, and this has been established as eggs have been fried and scrambled from Chester to Plymouth, Bridgnorth to Billericay, Shropshire to Sheffield. I can’t list them all, but they are all equally appreciated, and ‘Breakfast 2015’ has raised at least £7,000.
There is a constant need to balance our commitments – funding the hospital, feeding the children in the orphanages etc- with exciting new ideas such as the eye surgery,and a bakery project to give bread, employment and food.
Soon we hope to start to provide micro loans for the community to begin other small enterprise projects of their own. Your gifts help us to meet our commitments but also to extend the help we can offer to our partners, responding to their ideas, and working with them for the needs of all.
In my last letter I asked for fund raising ideas. Most of the replies involved eating – ‘Barbecue for Malawi’; ‘Strawberries and Cream for Malawi’ etc. Splendid, and I will look at those possibilities for general events.
But individual sponsored events are also crucial. Again, despite my gratitude, I can’t always include them in newsletters, but there are two coming up which are rather unusual.
A new friend, Renu Patel, is going to the Himalayas for Malawi. Thank you Renu and your companions. And some very special old friends, the Stanford family (ace Wrekinians Jon and Dom, and Dad), are Cycling the Alps for Malawi. Thank you, and good luck to all.
Their stories and details are below. I think these challenges are great – please support them if you can, especially if you know Renu, or remember Dom and Jon from Wrekin. And thank you to others who are running or walking, or doing anything, for Medic Malawi.
So much is being achieved, countless people are benefitting, and what you give is what they get. Thank you all.
Renu puts best foot forward
You can help me raise money for this great cause by donating directly to my fundraising page –http://www.justgiving.com/Renu-Patel.
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Medic Malawi and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support! It is urgently needed.
The Cycling Stanfords
On June 13th, the Stanford family will be mounting their bikes and saying good-bye to the rolling hills of South Shropshire to tackle the soaring peaks of the French/Italian Alps. The Tour de France-style route includes crossing the historic Pegasus bridge, passing through the vineyards of the Loire Valley and climbing the notorious Col de Galibier. It consists of over 1,000km on the bikes with a total climb of over 18,000ft, concluding in Montgenèvre on the Italian border.
Says Dom Stanford: “With a team of intrepid adventurers in the saddle ranging in age from 20 to 59 and a support team consisting of friends and family, we will need all the help we can get to reach our fundraising target of £4,000!”
If you’d like to donate to their cause you can do so on their Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/foldtofrance and you can follow their progress from pre-expedition training to on-tour updates on their blog, at: http://thecyclingstanfords.tumblr.com/