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Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships

This section of the newsletter aims to keep you informed of the latest news and updates on events planned to mark 2012 and 10 years of community partnerships. We are into the last quarter of the 10th year of FOL already! There is still plenty of time to get involved with any of these events or if you have other ideas or suggestions for events to mark this year please get in touch with the FOL office.

Event – 10K for 10 years
Date – anytime during 2012
FOL target – 10 events to raise €250 each
Current target position – 6 events have happened & 2 more are promised

So far this year FOL supporters have taken up the 10K for 10 years challenge and run in the Connemarathon, Kildare half marathon and the Cork Mini Marathon. Walks have been organised in Tallaght and Wicklow and people have been out and about getting fit, enjoying the great outdoors and raising funds for FOL in the process.

A BIG THANK YOU 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, you just have to gather a group who would like to walk and support FOL's work and either charge an entry or ask participants to raise sponsorship.

Event – table quiz
Date – anytime during 2012
FOL target – 25 table quizzes
Current target position – 3 down 22 to go!

Now that the summer (?) is over, it's time to think of cosy nights by the fire … at your local! Will you organise a table quiz for FOL before the end of the year? The target on this one is looking sad but it's not too late!

FOL will provide the quiz pack, posters and any other support your require, 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 contact the FOL office if you would like to do something to help improve this target!

Event – standing orders campaign
Date - the sooner the better!
FOL target – 100 new standing orders
Current target position – 8 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 – on-going all year
FOL target – collect 200 bags
Current target position – 95 in to date

We are up to 95 bags so far with a target of 200 to collect! If you are doing a clear out at home of clothes you no longer require consider bringing them to your local clearout.ie shop and exchange them for cash or bring them to the FOL office in Midleton and they will be exchanged for cash from there. Clearout.ie take old clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, hats & scarves. They no longer take bed linen, cd's or DVD's. Clearout give €5 for every 10kg of clothing, if you want more information on what they take and don'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.

Interested in learning more about ...

Human rights, fair trade, climate change and more?

Kerry One World Centre will host a six-week Introduction to Development course at IT Tralee commencing on Tuesday October 9th.

Join us and explore political, social, cultural, economic and environmental topics in a series of weekly, two-hour, interactive workshops.

The course is open to students and graduates of all disciplines who are interested in understanding more about our world.

There will be a maximum of twenty participants. Email coordinator@kade.ie for further information or to register.

Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. in L105 An Sólás

Course fee €30

Global Trade Justice Course

Six Thursday nights 6:15-8:15pm, starting 25th October 2012 at the Irish Aid Centre in Dublin.

This six evening course will introduce you to, and demystify, the world of global trade. In the current global crisis we all feel the impact of international trade on our lives, but its effect on the economies of developing countries is even bigger. The course aims to get you up to speed on some of the key issues, perspectives and debate around trade and the developing world, and reassure you that you don't need a degree in economics to have an opinion on these issues! For more details click here.

Book online to secure your place. For booking queries please email Susan at susan@comhlamh.org or call 01 478 3490

Please note that places on all courses are limited, so book your place early to avoid disappointment!

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In this issue

Charity of the year 2013

Better Together video competition

Ode to Christmas shopping

Wedding favours launched

Starfish jewellery in next issue!

Harambee 2012 August report

News from Kenya

Introducing the new FOL Board

Harambee Volunteer Photobook 2012

Latest news on Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships

Upcoming trainings of interest

Websites of interest

Did you know?

125 pit latrines built in 8 schools since 2008

1350 households vaccinated as part of National Polio Campaign in 2011

Support of cholera outbreak in District

Support of jiggers outbreak in District

110 Community Water Tanks installed benefitting 10, 245 people with access to clean water

19 school water projects benefiting a population of 3,064 students

20 hand water pumps installed benefitting 2000 people

5 springs protected serving a population of 7,000 people

Websites of interest

Join the Act Now 2015 campaign to ensure Ireland keeps its promise and invests 0.7% of national income in overseas aid by 2015.

Blog post on 80:20 in response to an RTE debate on aid.

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For decades, the European Union has dictated the terms of global trade to the benefit of its industries and to the detriment of economies in the developing world. The EU has excluded the voice of civil society around the world and claims that there is no alternative to the current model of free trade. View here.

In this inspiring video trade justice activists, human rights experts and trade unionists from Brazil to Zimbabwe tell a different story. They believe that we can do things differently. There are countless economic alternatives -- and it's time the EU listened to them. To find out more and take action on trade justice.

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