Each year the children and young people collect for a charity, either in this country or overseas. In 2016 they will be supporting the building of Madabadaba Primary School which is part of the Tanzania 2017 Hampshire Scouts Expedition. Kathleen, a Pioneer at Church, is a member of this expedition.
Saturday, 24 September dawned bright and breezy for the start of the Abbey United Reformed Church’s Sponsored Walk. Nineteen members and friends of the Abbey United Reformed Church met at Friars Cliff car park to undertake a walk along the seafront to Mudeford and back. They were all there to raise funds towards the Explorer’s Charity. Each year the children and young people of the church collect for a charity, either in the UK or overseas. In 2016 they are supporting the building of Madabadaba Primary School which is part of the Tanzania 2017 Hampshire Scouts Expedition. Kathleen, a Pioneer at Romsey URC, is a member of this expedition.
It was a lovely sunny day and everyone enjoyed walking along the front watching the swimmers, families and wind/kite surfers enjoying the Indian summer. On arriving at Mudeford Quay the group stopped for refreshments before returning to Friars Cliff to round off the day enjoying a picnic lunch together.
Kathleen Beaman was chosen as part of the unit made up of 150 young people and adults from Scouting who will be travelling to Tanzania in summer 2017 to undertake community projects. Kathleen is in Team Tembo (Elephant in Swahili) and their project is rebuilding a school in a remote village, Madabadaba. The current school is only a tin shack which provides education for the boys as there is not enough space to educate the girls as well. The village has donated a larger area of land for the team to build a brick built school which will have room for 250 pupils; this will mean all children in the area can receive an education.
The preparation for Tanzania began in January 2016 and will take 18 months, during which time the Scouts will grow in confidence and learn many new skills. The group will bond over a series of weekend camps and activities on the gear up to Tanzania to ensure they are fully prepared for the life changing adventure. Not only will they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers, the experience offers them the chance to learn new skills that they will use throughout their lives.
On Sunday 10 January 2016 Chris Hall, the Manager of Romsey Young Carers, visited Abbey United Reformed Church to collect a cheque for £1,050 from the church's Pioneers and Explorers youth sections. The money had been raised by the young people of the church with the help of the congregation. The Pioneers and Explorers had chosen Romsey Young Carers their charity for 2015. At the start of the year they learned about the work of the charity and how different the lives of young carers were from their own. They made cakes and also ran a craft table at the charity’s Family Day in August. Other activities during the year included raffles, including one for Christmas hampers, a sponsored walk, a skittles evening and a Christmas tea. There were lots of donations and everyone had been filling jars and bags with their spare change - so lots of 5p, 2p and 1p coins were counted. Chris thanked the children and the congregation, he explained that the money would be used by Romsey Young Carers for respite activities for the young people
Young carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by caring for a family member who has a long-term illnes or disability, mental health problem or issues with drugs or alcohol. They may care for a parent, brother or sister, or perhaps a grandparent living in the family home. Caring is not always about practical tasks. Children and young people can find themselves offering significant emotional support which can have an impact on their daily life as well as their development. For young carers the charity organises family days, outings, cook days, trips to theme parks and residential breaks.
On a lovely sunny day, 31 October 2015, a group of 12 adults, 1 Pioneer, 2 Explorers and a dog walked from Friars Cliff car park to Mudeford Quay. We stopped for refreshments at Mudeford before walking back. The children had a lovely time making slides on the beach. The walk was in aid of the Explorer's Charity 2015 - Romsey Young Carers.
The Explorers had great fun finding out about their chosen charity this year - they were even allowed to chose which animals we would like to give to the charity! Every family who receives a gift from Send a Cow promises to pass on a gift to another family in need. Whether it’s the first female calf, seeds, saplings or skills, each gift starts a chain of giving that continues to grow and grow. Importantly, they become donors themselves, restoring their dignity and pride.
On Sunday 13th January, Sarah Beaman was presented with a cheque for £1179.73 for the work of Project Luangwa in Zambia. The money had been raised in a number of ways by the Explorers and congregation of the Abbey United Reformed Church. They held a Cupcake and Cookies workshop, a table top sale with a Sushi making demonstration, a Harvest lunch, an afternoon tea and a Christmas Hamper raffle. They sold coffees and cakes and over the year the congregation saved their small change and this mounted up to add a significant amount to the total.
Thanking the children and congregation Sarah told them how her family became involved with the project when they went to Zambia to celebrate her goddaughter’s wedding. The project started when a lady called Jo Pope arrived at Robin Pope Safaris to start her new job. Whilst working there she fell in love with the area, and her husband to be, and stayed. For over twenty years Jo worked in the area and also found time to raise money to help a school in the local village which was in desperate need of funds. As time went on, for Jo that was not good enough, she went on to support another school, and then build two more community schools. Funds were also found to train and pay teachers, to sponsor vulnerable children and help the villagers start their own tourism project.
In 2008, Jo worried that the global recession could have an adverse impact on all her friends and neighbours in Luangwa, by 2009 she was sure that it would. Worried how the community would survive these hard times Jo decided to find an answer. She rallied the safari lodge owners to come together and so Project Luangwa was born.
There are so many ways Project Luangwa helps in the area, they provide schools, clean water, toilets, books, scholarships, train teachers and even provide football kits for the kids. They provide employment for local people by purchasing as much as possible locally – and if it isn’t available, by training locals to manufacture it.
The aim of Project Luangwa is to ensure that the people of the Luangwa valley gain the full benefit of tourism by investing in education – and this they are fulfilling in so many amazing ways.
The money raised will make a huge difference, and the amazing thing is how far our money will go. For as little as £18 the project can provide clean water for a whole school and for £2000 they can provide a double toilet block for a school. The children had decided that helping to provide a toilet block was how they wanted the money to be spent.
They were also celebrating the group's 20th anniversary. The cake was decorated by Sue Dunstan to reflect the theme of the charity - animal conservation.