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Written by Al Findlay   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 23:10

An enormous thank you to all of those who attended the Afro-Caribbean evening held at the King’s school on Friday 30th of January. We thoroughly hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did on a night we deemed to be a great success. It was a night full of chat, laughter and spectacular entertainment, as well as gorgeous food prepared by the extremely talented Janice Voce. The drinks were flowing and as a result some lucky individuals picked up some interesting items during the raffle. We would like to remind everyone that there is still an opportunity to pick up our big-ticket items within our silent auction. These items are the all-inclusive luxury golf day at Woodbury golf course, Craig Bellamy’s match-worn shorts in his last ever appearance for Wales (certificate of authenticity currently lacking but I promise you they’re the genuine article) and the copy of Jamie Oliver’s cookbook signed by Jamie himself. If you’re interested in any of these items then please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it was an amazing night but wouldn’t have been possible without the work of some extraordinary individuals. A big thank you to the wonderful Janice Voce who supported our project and donated profits to the charity, Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Elliott, who gave up their time but most importantly Mrs. Elliott and Mr. Garrick who orchestrated the entire event.

Kings SchoolWe raised an astounding amount of money thanks to you very generous people, and I’m sure many of you are wondering what exactly will be done with this money now that our trip to Ethiopia has been very sadly cancelled. Well this week we have received an incredibly exciting piece of news that has washed away any sadness we should’ve been experiencing during the week of our trip to Ethiopia that never was. The group is now entirely focused on planning our wonderful trip to India, which sounds incredibly rewarding.

Our Indian experience will begin on October 19th and last for seven days. For those of you who didn’t know, our trip to Ethiopia became impossible due to the severe risk of terrorism in the area of Addis Abba, where we would’ve been spending most of our time. Our trip to India will carry no such risks, as we fly into Kochi and before making our way to the children’s home that we’ll be staying in Tamil Nadu. There we will spend most of our trip, but we have two days set aside to explore the area and indulge in some incredible, one-off, truly Indian experiences such as washing and riding a group of elephants. The money we’ve worked so hard to raise and that you all so kindly donated will go to the children’s orphanage in Tamil Nadu, hopefully improving the lives of a group of disadvantaged children in any way we can. We are all delighted to be presented with this opportunity, especially following the sadness we all felt just a few short weeks ago. We will be visiting a hill tribe where we will donate blankets and basic essentials, as the remote villages are extremely poverty stricken.

Unfortunately, due to pre-booked flights and coaches we have lost a considerable amount of money as a result of the original trip cancellation. This is where you wonderful people come in once again, as there is a great deal more fundraising that needs to be done. That means more events and many more cake sales coming your way in the near future. The majority of the money we need has already been raised, and the money originally raised for the school is safe. Once again I ask you fantastically generous and kind people to keep an eye out for us in the future, and even though you’ve already done more than enough to support our trip, I ask that if you have any spare change on you to possibly donate to a really worth-while cause.