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Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships

2012 is an exciting year for FOL as it marks 10 years of community partnerships. There are many events planned during the year and this section of the newsletter will have information and updates on these events in each issue. It also shows targets, if there are some, for each event and the current position of this target.

Event - Africa Day book readings
Date – on or around Fri. May 25th 2012
FOL Target – 10 Book readings
Current target position – 2 book readings planned

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25th of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. FOL would like to mark Africa Day this year as part of the 10 years of community partnerships celebrations. The plan is to hold book readings in local book stores, libraries or class rooms around the country of a book called 'Mama Panya's Pancakes' by May Chamberlain. This is a story with a simple message about the rewards of sharing which celebrates the lives of Kenyan children and explores local village life. The book is aimed at primary school age group. FOL are looking for volunteers to organise readings of this book for groups of children. FOL will provide volunteers with the book and with support, ideas and suggestions for bringing the reading to life. The aim of the event is to engage with children in learning about life in a Kenyan village and raise awareness of the role that FOL plays in supporting village development.

Event – 10 K for 10 years
Date – anytime during 2012
FOL Target – 10 events to raise €250 each
Current target position – 2 offers to organise walks

Run, walk, swim, cycle or sail 10k's for FOL's celebration of 10 years of community partnerships! Whatever you're into, get into it for FOL. As part of the 10 year celebrations, FOL have set a challenge to compete in at least ten 10K events at home and abroad. Wherever you are - from London to Londiani, Queensland to Queenstown – to be part of this challenge all you have to do is commit to -

  • Participate in an existing event and raise sponsorship in aid of FOL's work (see FOL website for list of events in Ireland)
  • or

  • Organise a 10K fun run/walk/ cycle/ swim/family event with your friends, work colleagues, local walking club, local school and either charge an entry fee or ask participants to raise sponsorship in aid of FOL's work in Kenya.
  • Event – Table Quiz
    Date – anytime during 2012
    FOL Target – 25 Table quizzes
    Current target position – 1 down 24 to go!

    Those who have been on Harambee projects in Kenya will be familiar with the FOL Table Quiz pack which many used as part of their own fundraising plans. There is a brand new Table Quiz pack ready and waiting for anyone who would like to be part of this target to hold 25 table quizzes during 2012 and raise funds for FOL's work in Kenya. All you have to do is find a venue, prizes, quiz master to ask the questions, a crowd to answer them and FOL will provide the rest. The Table Quiz pack contains 8 rounds of questions, tips on running the event, posters if required and PR info on FOL to have at the event. It's great craic and reasonable easy to organise – go on.. go for it!

    Event – Standing orders campaign
    Date - the sooner the better
    FOL target – 100 new standing orders
    Current target position – 6 received

    Think of this … in Kenya, €10 a month can – provide 23 mosquito nets; buy 103 copybooks; plant 1 acre of beans for a family. In Ireland, the average cost of a cappuccino is €2.95 – purchase 4 of these in a month and you've spent the equivalent of 23 mosquito nets! A standing order with FOL provides a regular income that is essential in keeping the programmes going on the ground in Kenya. Will you be a part of this? To set up a standing order you can find further information on the FOL website under get involved/donate monthly or contact the FOL office directly for information.

    Event – Clear out your Clobber
    Date – ongoing til Summer 2012
    FOL target – collect 200 bags
    Current target position – 39 in to date

    Spring cleaning? You may have seen information on the last newsletter about the Clear out your clobber campaign? Basically, if you have old clothes, shoes, belts, bags, sheets, curtains, cd's & DVD's that you are finished with, you can turn them into cash for FOL. Each 10kg bag earns €5 at your local clearout.ie shop or you can bring your bags to the FOL office in Midleton to be cashed in from there. Will you be a part of reaching the 200 bags target?

    If you would like to get involved in any of these events, then contact the FOL office in Midleton on 021 4621748 or email admin@friendsoflondiani.com for further information and support.

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    In this issue

    Kenya Ball ticket sales
    News from FOL Kenya
    Girls 4 Girls news from Kenya
    Dublin Obstetrics Visiting Society visits Londiani
    Harambee 2012
    Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships
    FOL office opens
    Websites of interest

    FOL office opens

    On January 14th, FOL had the pleasure of welcoming the Kenyan Ambassador, Catherine Muigai Mwangi with Cllr. Mary Woods, Mayor of Midleton, to perform the official opening of the new FOL office. Over 50 guests made up of friends, volunteers, supporters and local people gathered at the office for the opening. The office is open on Tues, Weds & Thurs. each week between 9am and 5.30pm. The new phone number is 021 4621748.

    Websites of interest

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    to listen to Mairead Cullen's radio documentary New Beginnings about the Alternative Rite of Passage in Kenya which she produced in conjunction with FOL.

    For information on development issues around the world check out www.dochas.ie

    For information on development education training courses check out www.dtalk.ie

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    Friends of Londiani, No. 4 the Crescent, Millbrook, Mill Road, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
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