Posted on December 28, 2018
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… We couldn’t have done it without you!
2018 has been a landmark year for the African Child Trust (ACT). It is the year of our 20th anniversary and we celebrated with a number of events, both in the UK and in the African countries where we work, attended by our supporters, well-wishers, partners, as well as the children and widows we support.
2018 has seen ACT grow from strength to strength. Our supporters rallied around us, enabling us to run a number of successful fundraising events, including the Dragon Boat Race, annual Golf Day and the Great South Run. There were other events organised independently by individual supporters which helped to raise our profile, publicise our work, and fundraise for ACT. We owe so much to our wonderful supporters!
The Africa at Spitalfields event on bank holiday 28 May was the melting pot for a variety of African cultures expressed in the continent’s produce; cuisine, fashion, art, crafts and music. Crowds of people, hungry to experience Africa in the heart of London, streamed the market to pick up something unique. ACT was honoured to be nominated “Charity of the Year” for this event and we were able to showcase how we are transforming the lives of disadvantaged children and widows in the eight African countries where we work. We raised just over £500 on the day which we used to pay university entrance examination fees for our 20 children completing secondary school in Ipaja, Nigeria. Sincere thanks to Pop Up Africa for organising this great event and for providing us the space to showcase ACT. Thanks also to the volunteers who staffed our stall and to everyone who came to support us.
Our 20th anniversary celebrations events in October were extra special. The main celebration, which took place at New Life Centre, Croydon was attended by more than three hundred (300) guests, among them were two of our overseas partners. Particular thanks go to Croydon Deputy Mayor, Kenyan High Commissioner and the Portsmouth Gospel Choir, who entertained the rapturous audience with their beautiful voices and lovely songs.
Eighty (80) paid up guests were treated to a reception, short talk and a sumptuous three course dinner at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, where a fundraising dinner and the special anniversary raffle draw was held. These raised more than £20,000 which went straight back to our child sponsorship fund which we use to educate an ever-increasing number of orphans and disadvantaged children. Some of the funds will also be used for projects to empower needy widows.
Our staff strength, both in the UK and overseas in Africa, is made up predominantly of short and long-term volunteers and interns. Our thanks to Ruby and Sophie, both of whom have carried out the vital role of Communications Intern this year, overseeing social media, Joseph and Ronke (blog writers) and Cassandra (Finance team) all of who worked from our Croydon office. Special thanks to Femi and Jenny who have ensured that ACT (Midlands) is on sound footing, fifteen months after the office was opened in Birmingham. Jenny is our star of 2018, having raised thousands of pounds for ACT independently from sponsored events and activities.
We are indebted to our partners in Africa. They are our ears and eyes on the ground in the communities where we work: Child Hope (Burkina Faso), Ipaja Community Link (Nigeria), Christian Vision Ministry (Uganda), Jesus to All Nations & I-Africa (Kenya), Justice & Peace and Chumbageni Assemblies of God (Tanzania), Goodnews Bible Church (Malawi), Lighthouse (DR Congo) and Hands of Mercy (Zambia), are very much appreciated.
To all our supporters, friends, prayer partners and well-wishers – we say thank you. We could not have done all these without you!