Posted on October 15, 2018
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… Celebrating 20 years of bringing hope to disadavntaged people in Africa
The ACT 20th anniversary celebration event on Saturday 6th October at New Life, Croydon opened with a glorious musical performance by the Portsmouth Gospel Choir (BBC Pitch Battle 2017 finalist) and guest artistes, the highly acclaimed Shekhinah. Croydon Deputy Mayor, Councillor Humayoun Kabir who attended the occasion with his wife, welcomed guests and attendees and launched the celebration to mark 20 years of the Croydon-based charity, African Child Trust (ACT). The Deputy Mayor, alongside Mrs Dorothy Kamwilu, representing the Kenyan High Commissioner and other dignitaries inaugurated the event.
African Child Trust works with local African communities to relieve poverty and advance development through the education of disadvantaged children, and the financial empowerment of widows via skills training, so that they can provide for their families. The local communities are also enriched by ACT providing technical and material support to local schools by carrying out projects in education, sanitation and health.
Cllr Humayoun Kabir (Croydon Deputy Mayor)
In his address to the more than 300 people at the anniversary event, ACT founder, Dr Kunle Onabolu described ACT as a ray of light beaming across the seas from Croydon to Africa to shine and bring hope to disadvantaged and less privileged people, widows and orphans in Africa. ACT is transforming the lives of its beneficiaries for the better and we are pleased that the seeds that have been sown are producing good fruit in the lives that have been transformed. He described how ACT “Alumni”, those who were sponsored and have completed their education and are gainfully employed, are themselves giving back and supporting other disadvantaged children in their communities.
Travelling especially from Africa to take part in the celebration was Yetunde Joseph from Nigeria and Honoratus Ndaula from Tanzania. They were representing all ACT partners in Africa. The Celebration event included an exhibition of ACT projects in the 8 African countries where we work, a mini market and so much more. The poetry recital by Tania Weithers was very warmly received to great applause.
Lambeth Palace Fundraising Dinner
One event to celebrate twenty years of ACT was simply not going to be enough. That’s why we hosted a fundraising dinner at Lambeth Palace, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury on Thursday, 11th October. The event included a champagne reception, a talk on the history of the palace and archbishops, which was followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner. It was a glorious evening enjoyed by all.
20th Anniversary Raffle Draw – Winning ticket No. 1818
The ACT 20th Anniversary special raffle draw took place at the fundraising dinner at Lambeth Palace, London. There was excitement in the air as the tickets were drawn by Honoratus Ndaula, guest partner from Tanzania who picked the twenty five winning tickets.
The first ticket drawn was raffle ticket Number 1818. The prize is a luxury holiday for two at the Royal Marmin Hotel, Elounda Bay, Crete, Greece.
Twenty four other tickets were drawn with prizes including a tour of the Harlequins Rugby Football Club at Twickenham with a ticket for two for a home game and includes a signed Harlequins RFC shirt. The winning numbers with prizes are given in the Table below.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners and better luck next time to all those who did not win a prize this time around.
Special thanks to our generous supporters who helps to raise over £20,000 from our celebration events and raffle draw. All funds raised will be used to support future projects and to continue our good work. Thank you all.
To find out more about African Child Trust visit our website.