Autumn has arrived, and with it our third of four newsletters this year. You can download your copy today, or read the newsletter via Issuu, or read the individual stories online using the links below.
- New possibilities: how our DREAMS Innovation Challenge project is giving new hope for the future
- Seeing change first-hand: from the diaries of our latest supporters to visit Zambia, this summer
- A new dawn: find out how one of our savings groups has helped found a new school in Kitwe
- Returning to the Great South Run: Bedales School aim to beat their £8,000 fundraising total from 2017
- Southborough High School's 10K triumph: celebrating the school's fundraising success in July
We would love to hear your views on all of our latest stories as we move into Autumn. Our next newsletter will be available in November, and will launch our Christmas Challenge for 2018.
Cecily's Fund is hugely grateful to the 20 people who ran the Virgin Sport British 10K on Sunday July 15th. The team, drawn from Southborough High School, Doughty Street Chambers, and independent runners, have together raised a fantastic total of over £4,260!
While many of us were relaxing and preparing to watch the World Cup final, these inspiring runners were preparing to make their way into central London to compete alongside 10,000 others. The British 10K is one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, a staple of Cecily's Fund support for over a decade, and takes in iconic sights such as Big Ben, St James' Palace and Trafalgar Square.
We're particularly grateful to the 14 members of staff from Southborough High School who took part on the day and have together raised a tremendous sum of £2,131 including Gift Aid. In addition to raising money online via JustGiving, the school also undertook other fundraising activities including an auction for a pair of football boots from former Ivorian international Kolo Touré.
The fundraising pages for all of our runners are still open and we would very much appreciate further donations if you are inspired by what our runners have achieved. The total raised so far is enough for us to help over 80 orphaned and vulnerable children remain in school for a year - a fantastic impact.
Support Our Runners - JustGiving Pages
On Saturday September 16th, Cecily's Fund Trustee and Treasurer Andy Tacon competed the one-mile event at Swim Serpentine. By taking on the cold waters of the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park, Andy has raised over £1,100!
The water temperature was just 15 degrees celsius on the day, making this difficult event more challenging still:
Managed to complete the full mile but have to say it was the most physically demanding thing I've done for a while. The last couple of hundred metres seemed to go on forever as fatigue and the chilly waters started to take their toll. Very pleased to have made it!
Andy has become the third person to complete the swim for Cecily's Fund, after Cecily's sister Verity and Tim Cooke-Hurle took part in the very first event in 2016. In total, well over £3,000 has been raised for our work in Zambia thanks to the efforts of the swimmers and the generous sponsorship from our supporters - for which we are most grateful.
Andy's JustGiving page is still open to donations. The sum he has already raised in sponsorship is enough to help Cecily's Fund keep over 20 children in school for a year: donate today, and Andy's impact can be greater still.
New York, September 2nd 2017
Many congratulations on the 20th Anniversary of Cecily’s Fund! All of us at American Friends of Cecily’s Fund have felt privileged to be a part of this amazing “family” for the past 10 or more years, and look forward to many more years of supporting our wonderful “Cecily’s Fund children” at school in Zambia.
We are extremely proud to be part of an organization which was one of the pioneers in our field: raising awareness for the plight of orphans and vulnerable children left destitute by the blight of HIV/AIDS and to have contributed to giving thousands of children a brighter future through education.
My own connection with Cecily’s Fund is unique. After graduating from college in 1980, I spent 6 months as Au Pair to the Eastwood family while Basil was at the UK embassy in Bonn. At that time, Cecily was just 2 years old and – oh boy! - quite a handful! Many years later – in 2005 – after I had moved to NY, married and had my own children, I punched Basil’s name into Google, in an endeavour to get back in touch. What should pop up but “Cecily’s Fund”. Imagine my shock and sadness to learn of Cecily’s death, having remembered Cecily – as well as her three sisters and her parents - so fondly, for so many years. However, sadness soon turned into happy and productive busy-ness, as I met Basil again in NY and help launch American Friends of Cecily’s Fund. Not only did I finally find a children’s charity I felt deeply inspired to volunteer for, but I also rekindled a loving friendship with the Eastwood family, which my own family is now a part of.
I would have loved to be present at this special 20th Anniversary celebration, but our American Friends’ President Mahadev Raman, and all of my fellow Directors on the Board, join me in sending love and congratulations on this special day.
American Friends of Cecily’s Fund
Read all about what we've achieved in 2016 and how you can give Cecily's Fund a great start to next year in our Christmas newsletter - available to download now.
For Cecily's Fund, Christmas means an opportunity to look back at the year we've had, and also to launch our annual Christmas Challenge. Our last newsletter of each year is a key way for us to do both: and it's available to download now or to read online using Issuu.
In our latest exciting publication, you can read about some of the highlights of our work in 2016: from community-powered savings groups to the empowering effect of entrepreneurship training. You can also enjoy two brand-new interviews, one with long-time supporter Tonie and another with Linda, a key member of staff for our partners Afya Mzuri. Better yet, learn all about our 2016 Christmas Challenge, and all the fun things you can do to help us raise £20,000 and power us into our 20th anniversary year, 2017.
Happy reading - and thank you for your support in 2016!
Learn more about our exciting progress in 2015 by downloading our latest annual review.
- Introductions from our Chair and Director
- Summaries of all our work, organised under our four new themes
- Stories of the children we support, from talented artist Isaac to entrepreneur Malumbo
- Details on all our aims for 2016-17
- An informative financial summary