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Celebrating 10 years of community partnerships

This section of the newsletter aims to keep you updated on events planned to mark 2012 and 10 years of community partnerships. There is still plenty of time to get involved with any of these events and even organise a few! If you have ideas or suggestions for events to mark this year please get in touch with the FOL office..

Volunteer photobook - Keep an eye on Facebook and the web for details of the volunteer photobook.

Event – 10K for 10 years
Date – any time during 2012
FOL target – ten events to raise €250 each
Current target position – seven events have taken place; two more are so far proposed

We have had walks in Tallaght and Wicklow as well as participants in the Connemarathon, Kildare half marathon, Dublin marathon and Cork Mini Marathon. The most recent volunteer effort, however, was Down Under at the Melbourne marathon when Aaron Murphy ran in support of FOL! Well done Aaron! He is pictured here with Harambee volunteer Maureen Burke who is currently in Kenya volunteering with the link team.

A BIG THANKYOU to all who have been involved to date!

If you are a regular hill walker would you consider organising a 10K walk with your hill-walking colleagues? FOL can provide a special edition 10K challenge t-shirt. All you have to do is gather a group who would like to walk and support FOL's work. You can then either charge an entry fee or ask participants to raise sponsorship.

Event – FOL table quiz
Date – anytime during 2012
FOL target – 25 table quizzes
Current target position – three down 22 to go!

Fancy a quiet night in at your local that also raises fund for FOL? How about organising a table quiz for FOL before the end of the year?

We will provide the quiz pack, posters and any other support you require. All you have to do is find a venue, prizes, a quiz master to ask the questions and a crowd to answer them. The Table Quiz pack contains eight rounds of questions, tips on running the event, posters if required and PR info on FOL to have at the event. Contact the FOL office if you'd like to flex your intellectual muscles for a good cause!

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

In Kenya, €10 a month can provide 23 mosquito nets, buy 103 copybooks or plant one acre of beans for a family. In Ireland, the average cost of a cappuccino is €2.95. So four coffees is 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. You can also contact the FOL office directly for information.

Event – Clear out your Clobber
Date – all year
FOL target – collect 200 bags
Current target position – 103 in to date

If you are doing a clear-out before Christmas of clothes you no longer require, why not bring them to your local clearout.ie shop and exchange them for cash you can donate to FOL. Alternatively you can bring them to the FOL office in Midleton and they will be exchanged for cash from there. Clearout.ie takes old clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, hats and scarves. The shops no longer take bed linen, cds or DVDs. Clearout gives €5 for every 10kg of clothing. If you want more information on what the shops will and won't take go to www.clearout.ie.

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.

Websites, news and events of interest

Congratulations to Irishman Br. Colm O'Connell and Kenyan Olympian David Rudisha who were in Ireland in October to visit DCU (see: http://thescore.thejournal.ie/david-rudisha-brother-colm-oconnell-dcu-642433-Oct2012/). Br. O'Connell has trained five Olympic gold medallists from a village near Eldoret in Kenya, only 80km from Londiani. The high altitude of this part of the highlands of Kenya is especially suited to Olypmic training. Any Harambee volunteer who has tried to run in Londiani can testify to this, especially in the first few days in-country before becoming acclimatised!

Gender Based Violence and the Post-2015 Framework: 16th November, 10.30am – 12.30pm, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Annual public seminar of The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (see www.gbv.ie). Speakers will include: Mary Robinson, President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ); Marilyn Thompson, Co-Director of the Central America Women's Network; Nora Owen, Chairperson of the Irish Aid Expert Advisory Group; Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland and Chairperson of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence. To find out more please email jcgbvmail@gmail.com.

Getting to Zero - Faith and Justice Perspectives on the Global AIDS Pandemic: 28th November, 4-6 pm and 7-9 pm, Renehan Hall, Maynooth College, Co Kildare. Organised by Maynooth College and Trócaire to mark World AIDS Day 2012. Speakers will include: Moral Theologian Fr Enda McDonagh and HIV/development specialists Ann Smith, Ann Nolan, Noreen McGrath Gumbo and Lucy Ghati. Please RSVP to wadconf@gmail.com by 21st November.

World AIDS Day Concert with the Gloria Choir: 29th November, 8 – 10pm, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. See www.gloria.ie for further details.

Volunteering Overseas - Where Do I Start? 17th November, 9.45am – 4pm, Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27th-31st Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 2. Organised by Comhlamh, the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers, this participatory workshop is open to anyone considering volunteering overseas for global development (both short term and long term). A number of isues will be examined, including:
•  what is development?
•  the role of the volunteer/development worker
•  motivations and expectations
•  types of agencies and projects
•  volunteering for global development from Ireland

There will also be a chance to meet with returned volunteers and development workers. Cost: €15 Comhlamh member/student or unwaged, €30 non-member (waged). Lunch, tea and coffee included. More details available at www.comhlamh.org

Entries invited for Solidarity Songs Competition: The competition aims to highlight the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals. It offers young people the opportunity to showcase their creative talent and a chance to win valuable studio recording time and specially pressed copies of their own work on CD. Full entry details can be found on the Kerry One World Centre website: www.kade.ie/solidarity. Closing date: 31st December.

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In this issue

Better Together video competition

The online Christmas shop is open!

Exclusive Sterling Silver Starfish jewellery launched

Christmas e-cards for your company

News from Kenya

Keeping Ireland's aid promise

Act Now 2015 and World We Want campaigns

International Day of the Girl

What is development education?

Harambee 2012 volunteers in Kenya

Link team travel from Mayo General Hospital

Celebrating 10 years of community partnerships: event updates

Websites, news and events of interest

Did you know? In the past 10 years…

64 schools have joined the Healthy Schools Programme

22 schools joined in the Girls for Girls Programme

15 villages are involved in the Sustainable Tourism project

€150,000 was raised for emergency after post-election violence – it was spent on water, education & basic health supplies

12 business training courses were delivered across the District

382 volunteers went to Kenya on projects

One community centre was built serving a population of 7,000

TCD students

FOL would like to welcome four students from the Masters in Development Practice course in Trinity College Dublin & University College Dublin, who will be on placement with FOL for a two week period in November and researching different policies and statistics. FOL is delighted to partner with TCD/UCD and for the students to gain experience of working with an NGO in Ireland.

Social media

FOL volunteer heads social media!

A big Asante Sana to volunteer Gillian Finan who has become head of our social media. Find us on Facebook| or follow us @londianicharity

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Friends of Londiani, No. 4 the Crescent, Millbrook, Mill Road, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
+ 353 21 4621748