Looking to join a sponsored walk?

Mary Clark, a friend of Amani living in Bristol, is keen to talk to anyone interested in joining her on a sponsored walk this spring along The Cotswold Way. The way is very beautiful, convenient to Bristol and an ideal venue. Mary is also willing to travel a bit as it is possible to join the Way at different places between Bristol and the Midlands.  For those who don’t want to walk the entire Way, people could join just to walk a few miles of the Way – convenient to their own homes.  We don’t all have to walk together but it might be much more enjoyable to have company.  The date has yet to be decided and depends on the best time for everyone, however a weekend is preferable.

If you are interested in getting involved with this terrific way to raise funds for the Amani children, please send email to Mary at spanishmary@hotmail.co.uk

Jon Challinor is running Edinburgh!

Jon Challinor has secured his place in the 2011 Edinburgh Marathon – and he is running in support of the Amani children. Although Jon is an experienced runner, having run 10k, 10-mile and half-marathon distances in the past, this will be his first marathon. Edinburgh, scheduled for 22 May, has been rated “the fastest marathon in the U.K.” by Runner’s World magazine and 15,000 runners are expected to enter the race.

Please support Jon’s efforts by visiting his JustGiving page and making your secure donation; your contribution may be eligible for Gift Aid. All donations go directly to support the Amani children. Thank you.

“Lombard Towpath Trotters” Run Half-Marathon for Amani Children

Lynsey Bartlam and 5 colleagues from her work are running the Birmingham Half Marathon on 24th October this year to raise money to help the Amani children. Please consider supporting the kids at Amani through sponsoring Lynsey and friends in the race!

It’s easy to donate online with a credit or debit card – just go to their JustGiving page:

http://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Birch0

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Friends of Amani (UK) and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you’re a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Friends of Amani (UK).

Thank you,

Cathie Bartlam

Email: a.bartlam@tesco.net

Tel +44 121 476 2137
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700 Miles in 7 Days for the Amani Children

This summer I, Kris Tavender, am cycling 700 miles in 7 days through Cornwall, Devon and Dorset to raise money for Amani Children’s Home, which I visited and volunteered at last year, and my target is at least £1000 (ideally £2000!).

I will be leaving Bristol on 22nd August and stopping over in Tiverton, Bude, Redruth, Helston, Plymouth and Exeter before a mammoth 140 final day back into Bristol on the 28th.

I know money is somewhat lacking for everyone (in fact I know all too well! lol) but whatever you can spare will go such a long way, between the exchange rate and the contrasting cost of living, even a few quid will go such a long way to changing the lives of these kids – and they are such amazing kids too!

Please check out:

and make your donations there, or if you’d like to help me but don’t want to online just drop me an email and we can arrange something more convenient for you. tavs01@hotmail.com

Thank you for helping me help these amazing children!

- Kris

Pedal pushing for Amani schoolchildren

Issa leaves home at 6AM, walking several miles to school. At the end of a long school day, he makes the return trip. By the time he gets home, there’s barely time to eat and bathe before bedtime. Issa is one of many children sponsored by Amani who walk long distances back and forth to school every day.

Brad Ashley, an avid cyclist in Toronto, Canada, wanted to change that. For his 50th birthday, Brad made a unique request of friends and family: instead of gifts, make a contribution to the “Bike with Brad” campaign and help provide bicycles to some of the Amani schoolchildren.

As a result of Brad’s thoughtfulness and generosity, Amani was able to purchase ten sturdy red bikes in March. Built to withstand the rough and often muddy roads here, the bikes were distributed to those Amani children with the greatest distance to travel to school. That same week, students and teachers from Crescent School, an Amani Partner School, arrived for the school’s annual volunteer visit with the Amani children. Brad’s son Dustin was a member of this hard-working group and was able to see firsthand the meaningful difference his father’s fund raising made for the Amani kids.

Brad said, “Amani means ‘peace’ in Swahili. I am at peace when I cycle – and I hope to provide ‘peace’ and additional opportunities to the children at Amani through this initiative.”

Many thanks to Brad and all the other compassionate individuals who make it possible for children in Tanzania to have a home, go to school, and even sometimes, to have a shiny red bicycle!

For other creative fundraising ideas as well information about Amani’s Partner School Program, visit http://amanikids.org.

Amani Children’s Home charity notelets – Habari Nzuri

Debbie Carmichael has created some new Habari Nzuri notelets, featuring:

  • “Bahari Beach”
  • “Otley Weir”
  • “Water Drops”
  • “Constantine Bay”
  • “Reflections”
  • “Lake Duluti”

They are all sold in aid of Amani Children’s Home, Moshi, Tanzania. To obtain these unique cards to help Amani, please contact robandeb@waitrose.com.