GAGA UK Newsletter, September 2015

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What do South Africa, Ostriches and wool have in common?


Since our previous newsletter Sarah and Charlie have visited South Africa, we've had two South African BBQs serving up ostrich burgers, and we've begun planning for our Remembering Tree event. Read on to find out more ...

South Africa Visit...

The vegetable garden team at First Step Right Low Primary School. Thanks to the Keith Coombs Trust for donating £500 to this cause. We also received a donation towards the garden from Mary and Duncan MacLennan. Thank you! Well done to everyone involved and thankyou to the Hlanganani Group for a fantastic trip; what fantastic volunteers from Dingwall Academy, Scotland.

This photo shows just one of the many people who has worked hard to develop a community garden, with help from Zimele and funding from GAGA. Zimele work in a number of different communities, helping to build capacity through creating self-help groups and developing skills. Sarah was very impressed at how GAGA funding was being spent on this project.
 Find out more about Zimele here.

Sarah getting stuck in at Sithembakuye, a place a wide variety of people of all ages can call home if they need, or can go along to for food and support. GAGA support their weekly lunch club. 

Sarah and Charlie spent a couple of weeks in South Africa at the end of July. You can read more about their visit by clicking here.
A team of 9 joined Sarah and Charlie, to build a vegetable garden at First Step Right. The success of the garden is already apparent and we can't wait to see how it will look in a couple of months. Sarah also spent a lot of her time visiting other GAGA supported projects, meeting all those working hard and making a difference in South Africa.

Over the past months we have had some wonderful donations and we were able to take some over to South Africa. We had hats from Kenilworth Southbank WI; lots of jumpers, hats and scarves from GAGA supporters Idris, Jean, Hilda and Irene. We also had gingham dresses we were able to donate, as well as dressings and spectacles donated by a local pharmacy. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Mr Dlamini, who visits the GAGA funded lunch club at Sithembakuye, South Africa, each week says: 'It makes a big difference, even emotionally; to feel welcome in the centre, and to meet with friends and with other community members. I come every week.'

We held our most recent South African BBQ the day after South African Heritage Day. This final BBQ of the year here in Stratford was another success; after 3 BBQ's this year we have raised over £300, as well as building local awareness of GAGA. Thanks to all who volunteered and to those who supported us; we look forward to seeing you again next year! Read more here.

Click on the image above or here to see some of the children at First Step Right School enjoying Heritage Day.

In other news...
Leanne at HOLAH passed her course in NPO Management. Congratulations!

Read more here.

Sarah and her friends managed to raise just over £1000 for GAGA by completing the three lakes challenge - kayaking the length of Coniston, Ullswater and Windemere in under 12 hours. Well done!

Dates for Your Diary:

10th October: The Bidford Big Breakfast Come along for a cooked breakfast for just £5; this is run by the Alcester Alauna Rotary club in aid of GAGA and other local causes. Further details here.

29th November: The covering of The Remembering Tree. On this day we will be yarn bombing another tree in Stratford upon Avon; come along to see this fantastic event, or get in touch if you'd like to volunteer. Read more here.
5th December: The Remembering Tree Celebration Watch this space or contact Sarah here for more information.

To find out more about any of these events simply contact Sarah.

Thank you to Sylvia May who recently sent a cheque for £750, after raising money for GAGA UK with her cousin Sandra by selling plants, cakes and other goodies at numerous car boot sales. What fantastic GAGA Ambassadors.

We are so excited to announce that The Remembering Tree is back!
For the third year running we will be taking Stratford upon Avon by storm, yarn bombing a tree in Bancroft gardens. This gives people a unique way to celebrate or remember a loved one, whilst at the same time raising funds and awareness for GAGA.
To find out more click here. To donate and remember a loved one online click here. You can also download a donation form by clicking here, and return it to us at The Remembering Tree, 50 Cygnet Court, Timothy's Bridge Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9NW.
This is a big event for us and we are looking for helpers! Get in touch if you'd like to help out.

Help us spread the word on social media using the hashtag #therememberingtree


Thank you <<First Name>>,  for your ongoing support of GAGA UK! You are helping to make a difference.
'Siyabonga, Salakahle!'
Thank you, stay well!

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