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You raised $26,653 for kids in need around the world – thank you!

This is always such an exciting time of the year for us – announcing the results of everyone's hard work throughout the year. Purple Cake Day has raised NZ$26,653.38 in 2018, of which we have been able to award the following grants to our fantastic project partners:

First Steps Himalaya Nepal = $14,356.38
Children of Haiti Project Haiti = $11,297
Hilde Back Education Fund Kenya = $1000
Kenbe La Foundation fundraising 
Kenbe La Foundation (our umbrella charity) has been able to make an additional US$10,000 grant to the Children of Haiti Project from donors who have fundraised specifically for this amazing school in Haiti.
Some purple people this year
Woodlands Pre-Schools in Hong Kong are enthusiastic supporters of 'going purple'. We always love seeing how they celebrate and fundraise for Purple Cake Day projects. They have a close relationship with First Steps Himalaya and the bulk of their funds this year will go to the wonderful projects of First Steps in Nepal. Kids helping kids!

Students at Hawera Christian School (above centre) brought Purple Cake Day fashion to life this year in their event. What a class!
Kauri Montessori: "The tamariki helped Vanessa make muffins for us to sell to whānau. Thank you Vanessa for organising everything we needed and marshalling the troops to help. Oscar and Oliver were very keen in making sure each muffin had exactly the same number of blueberries, counting, adding and subtracting berries as required - fairness is important! Zita and Jonah manned the stall at 1 and 3 o'clock and, due to their excellent (salesperson) tactics Matai is proud to say that we raised $36 this year for Purple Cake Day! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting our efforts for this cause."
 

Yum! A total of $850 was raised from the gelato fundraiser which will go to the COHP school in Haiti this year. A HUGE thank you to Daniela and Yuri of Gelato Roma in Nelson, and everyone who ate gelato for the cause!

Updates from our projects
NEPAL: Changing lives one classroom at a time 

Our partner project FIRST STEPS HIMALAYA is turning ten in October! They have some exciting events planned to celebrate their journey:

"Looking back over the last ten years, we would never have imagined the extent at which we would be impacting early years education in Nepal. Hundreds of children, in a growing number of communities, now benefit from attending pre-school and primary classes with better trained teachers, in classrooms that are now clean, painted and adequately resourced."

With your help they've come a long way. Follow their page here.

HAITI: Children of Haiti Project
It has been eight years since we began supporting this project, with the aim of seeing 51 kids through to their high school graduation, an ambitious challenge. Despite their severe living conditions, the children in COHP are thriving, learning and achieving with their schooling. Too many stories to tell here, but during a recent assembly, students were invited to express what the project has meant to them personally. Five students had the courage to stand in front of their peers and very quietly express:
• “Without my school, I have nothing” 
• “My school lets me believe that later I can become someone important” 
• “There is a variety of subjects and things I can experience with happiness each day” 
• “COHP is like a spring of water that never runs dry” 
• “I feel safe here. I do not always feel like a real person or safe outside of school”
KENYA: Hilde Back Education Fund

Nine of the students we have been sponsoring through high school in Kenya have "attained the university acceptance grade of C+ and above and qualified to join a public university". This is inspiring news!

Effy (left) scored a fabulous B+ earlier this year. "I really don't know how to show my gratitude to my sponsors. You helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and relit a candle that was just glowing in my life. Thank you."

She hopes to progress to university to study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. 

Thank you
These stories are just the 'tip of the iceberg'. Many children have been positively supported this year through your fundraising. Thank you so much for all your hours of planning, preparing and organising. Purple Cake Day only exists because YOU get involved. It is hugely appreciated. Thank you.
Emily and the Team at Purple Cake Day
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