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We organised both a tea party and a curry dinner in St John’s Hall, Tadworth, on Saturday March 30 to help us support a project in India.  They were a great success in total attracting over 100 people to hear Revd. Anita Matthews, Trustee of the charity called CRS, which is based at the Cathedral in Kolkata, speak about its work amongst the very poorest slum dwellers in that city.  Perhaps the most moving story concerned a community of Dalit people (also known as Untouchables) who had set up a small, “illegal”, shanty town alongside a railway line on a commuter route from the outskirts of Kolkata.  The town is “illegal” because the community does not own the land and it is in any case in a highly dangerous location with roughly built dwellings being literally a few feet from fast moving commuter trains.  Anita had asked one six year old girls what she thought about the trains rushing by and received the reply “they kill people”.   CRS are trying to arrange some sort of basic schooling for the Dalit children to improve their language skills as otherwise they would be excluded from official Indian government funded schools.  Anita explained that education is the key to helping the children of slum dwellers to have a chance for a better life. Chairman Mike Fox noted that whilst India was growing as a country in economic strength it was still home to more impoverished individuals than the whole of Africa.  The event raised over £1,300, a quarter of which came from extra donations made by participants after they had heard Anita’s inspiring talk.

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The Dalit community living by a railway line in Kolkata.

Some photos from both events are included below:

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Reverend Anita Matthews addressing the meeting

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over 80 people attended the evening Curry Dinner.

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About 30 people attended our Tiffin Tea which was also addressed by Reverend Anita Matthews.

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Barbecue

We are very grateful to Roger Ponsford and the team of helpers who staged a Barbecue in aid of TWOAT in Roger’s garden in Walton.  .  Around 40 people attended and many compliments were paid to Marilyn and Duncan Reid concerning the excellence of the lamb steaks which had been barbecued by Duncan marinated in a special sauce created by Marilyn.  The bar organised by Alan Corrigal and the raffle, which included a painting donated by Roger Ponsford, both contributed handsomely to the £469 which was raised.

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Roger Ponsford and the painting he donated

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Alan Corrigal manning the bar

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Marliyn wearing an apron who was responsible for the delicious sauce.

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We are delighted to tell you that our Street Collection raised £533 and our joint St George’s event with St Cecilia Chorus raised £700 for us and £300 for them – many thanks to all those that participated or donated.   We also raised about £278 selling teas in Keith Lewis’ garden when it was opened as part of the NGS scheme.

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Our St George’s Event in the Good shepherd Hall

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Primrose Drake in blue and Sophie Shore in red singing the Flower Duet from Lakme during the St George’s Evening jointly staged in the Good Shepherd Hall by Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust and St Cecilia Chorus.

Our Christmas Appeal has enabled us to fund lunches every day for the 30 children at the Nursery School we support in Madagascar and one lunch per week for all 150 children in the school we support for refugees from Myanmar (Burma), in both cases we have provided the funding for the next 12 months.   We would like to be able to continue this lunch support beyond 12 months for both schools and to increase the number of lunches per week for the 150 Burmese children as they have no other funding to provide lunches.  It costs about £40 to provide lunch every day for one child through an academic year so please consider setting up a Standing Order to pay for one or more children’s lunches.

We received a very generous donation from a company called Five Bees Ltd who are based in Dorset.   A contact in Tadworth had told them about us. Our grateful thanks go to them.

Our Quiz Evening in January raised over £450 – many thanks to those that participated and those that helped organise it.

Our Christmas Appeal raised over £2,000 so we have been able to offer to fund for a year the provision of free lunches at two of the school’s we support – one in Madagascar and one for children of refugees from Myanmar.

The choir from Walton Primary School sang beautifully at the Sing Carols event organised for us by Christchurch.   Including the Gift Aid, which we will claim, over £180 was raised for our Christmas Appeal.  This is sufficient to fund lunches for 2 classes of thirty children (i.e. one class at each of the two schools) for a whole month.  The objective for our appeal is to be able to do this for a whole academic year so we are making good progress towards our target – an excellent result thanks to the children and the generosity of those attending.

Thanks to the generosity of those attending our Annual Social Meeting we raised nearly £1200 in donations and raffle receipts.  Our guest speaker Andrew Pemberton from the HELWEL Trust described one of the initiatives they support in Kwa-Zulu as being the establishment and stocking of libraries with educational toys to be borrowed by younger children in some of the very poor rural communities.  We asked him to supply us with more details of these and we might use some of the money raised to support this activity.

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust was very grateful to Roger Ponsford for organising a BBQ in his Walton garden to raise funds on its behalf during  Sunday 10th September.  It had been intended to be a Lamb Spit Roast but, in view of the forecast for unsettled weather, Roger very sensibly changed the plan so conventional barbecues could be used instead to cook lamb chops and sausages.   It did rain heavily at times during the morning of the 10th and that would have created problems as a Spit would need to have been roasting from 8am onwards.  As it was the heavy rain held off during the afternoon until the food had been eaten and raffle drawn so it was only those clearing up afterwards that got wet!  It was, however, very much worth it as TWOAT funds had benefitted by more than £700.

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Roger Ponsford, in the centre in shorts, welcoming participants at the BBQ he organised in aid of TWOAT, whilst Duncan Reid tends the BBQ and Mike Fox looks after the bar.

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TWOAT is also delighted to have helped facilitate 20 woollen blankets, baby clothes and teddy bears knitted by the Church of the Good Shepherd Mothers’ Union Knit & Rip group to be taken to the orphanage TWOAT supports at Berega in Tanzania.

We raised over £318  selling Teas in the garden of Keith & Elizabeth Lewis at 41 Shelvers Way when it was opened as part of the National Garden Scheme on August 6th which was a record for us and followed our raising £280 at the same venue on  April 23.  Many thanks to Keith & Elizabeth.

For details and pictures of our two Sponsored Walks in May see here.

Our Auction of Promises on April 22nd  raised over £3,000 – for a list of the businesses and supporters who contributed visit here and to St John’s Church for the use of their hall.

We will be able to send an extra £500 to the projects we support as a result of the Quiz Evening we held in Christchurch Hall use of which was kindly given to us free of charge by the Elders of the Church.

We raised over £1200 in donations, which will increase to more than  £1500  with Gift Aid, at our Annual Social Meeting.  We heard talks from Liz Noble of the Rush Project about how our support is helping to combat the Jigger Flea parasite and from Michael Agius about the school we support in Tanzania.

Pictured below Michael Agius speaking at our ASM with Liz Noble listening intently.

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We raised over £200 when Sue & Tim Edwards kindly opened their garden for us. Pictured below the raffle in progress.

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We raised £160 during our Teas & Talks event in St John’s Hall on Aug 24th and made some new contacts for TWOAT.

We raised over £230 selling Teas, cakes, ice cream and jars of Mary Heath’s marmalade when Keith & Elizabeth Lewis opened their garden to the public for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme.  Many thanks to them for the opportunity.

Our second Sponsored Walk attracted 29 people bringing total participation across the two walks to in excess of 40.  We are hoping to raise around £2,000 once all the sponsorship money has been collected.

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Picture taken by walk organiser John Allinson.

Our stall at the Walton May Fayre & Pageant raised just over £200 – many thanks to those who donated bottle. The result was a bit down on last year as the weather did turn fairly dismal but we have some bottles left for future fund raising.  We shared a gazebo with TWRA but at various times it needed two people to hold onto it and prevent it blowing away!  The pictures show John Allinson and Gillian Hein of TWRA doing this!

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May Fayre Gusty

 

Ist 2016 Sponsored Walk featuring Digby the Labradoodle.

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

 

 

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s big event this Spring was a St George’s Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd.  This was staged in the Good Shepherd Hall in conjunction with members from St Cecilia’s Chorus who led the singing of some well-known British songs whilst attendees also enjoyed Bangers & Mash and Fruit Crumbles.  It was a great success with over 80 attending.  The evening generated around £900 for TWOAT projects and £300 for St Cecilia Chorus.

Click on the pictures of our St George’s Celebration to enlarge them

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TWOAT are delighted to tell you that our Street Collections in Tadworth, Walton and Kingswood raised a record total of £649 despite some typically April showery weather.  Many thanks to all those that donated.

Margaret Fitch TWOAT Collecting April 2016

Our Quiz Evening in January raised over £500.  We are very grateful to the Elders of Christchurch URC who allowed us to use their hall without charge.

Over 90 people purchased tickets for our Ladies Fashion Show in the Riddell Hall on Monday 5th October.  This was organised for us by Travelling Trends and resulted in takings of over £1,000. Many thanks to all those that attended and those that helped organise and sell tickets.

The Spit Roast event kindly hosted and organised for us by Roger Ponsford raised over £500 for our projects.  Many thanks to Roger and his team.

Sue & Tim Edwards Open Garden on Saturday 19th Sept raised over £200 for us.  This proved to be an excellent new event for us – many thanks to Sue & Tim seen here handing over the collection to me in their Knot Garden. Click on the picture for a larger image.

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To see news from all our projects visit here.

2017 Sponsored Walks

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Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s two sponsored walks in May attracted the largest ever participation with 46 walkers taking part across the two events and raising of the order of £2,000.

On May 19th

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and on May 27th when  Digby the Labradoodle also participated.

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The walkers traversed the Downs from Epsom Race Course to the Sportsman in Mogador via Headley returning via Walton-on-the-Hill.  The walk was enlivened with anecdotes from local historian, Jean Clew. The record turnout was a fitting tribute to the long term organiser, John Allinson, who had announced his plan to retire from this role having achieved his 80th birthday some time ago.

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Fortunately two of his able deputies will be taking over organisation of next year’s event.   The final amount raised in sponsorship will not be known for some weeks but Digby the Labradoodle has a Virgin Money  Giving page that has already raised over £180 and the current running total is around £1500.  This will go to the development projects the charity supports including schools in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia and South America

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

2017 Sponsored Walks

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s two sponsored walks in May attracted the largest ever participation with 46 walkers taking part across the two events and raising of the order of £2,000.

On May 19th

TWOAT Walk 2017

and on May 27th when  Digby the Labradoodle also participated.

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The walkers traversed the Downs from Epsom Race Course to the Sportsman in Mogador via Headley returning via Walton-on-the-Hill.  The walk was enlivened with anecdotes from local historian, Jean Clew. The record turnout was a fitting tribute to the long term organiser, John Allinson, who had announced his plan to retire from this role having achieved his 80th birthday some time ago.

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Fortunately two of his able deputies will be taking over organisation of next year’s event.   The final amount raised in sponsorship will not be known for some weeks but Digby the Labradoodle has a Virgin Money  Giving page that has already raised over £180 and the current running total is around £1500.  This will go to the development projects the charity supports including schools in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia and South America

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties with adding photos and text to walk leader John Allinson’s donation page so you can see some pictures from previous years below – click on them for an enlarged image:

John & his walkers taking a brief rest on Farthing Down in May 2015

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Walk on May 28th 2016

TWOAT Walkers May 2016

The second Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust Sponsored walk of 2016  attracted 29 participants bringing the total involvement to over forty in their two walks from Box Hill to Polesden Lacy and back.  Digby the Australian Labradoodle, participating for the second time, boosted his total miles covered to well in excess of twenty and raised his sponsorship earnings to over £250.  However, in one of the occasional excursions he was permitted off the leash, he rather disgraced himself by rolling vigorously in a recent cowpat and trailing more than a whiff of the countryside in his wake thereafter!  The organisers are hoping that the total funds raised through Digby’s and other walkers’ sponsors will be of the order of £2,000.

Walk on May 20th 2016

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

The first 2016 Walk took place on Friday May 20.  Twelve walkers plus Digby, the dog, assembled in Box Hill car park at 9.30am ready for their trek over to Polesden Lacy via Denbies, the largest Vineyard in Britain, and back up Box Hill again via the Stepping Stones pub.   Some of the walkers, who had other engagements that day, took advantage of lifts back to Box Hill from the three intermediate stopping points.  However, Digby, who is an Australian Labradoodle, was determined to go the whole ten miles – in fact he probably did considerably more than that as there were lots of trees to investigate on the route!  He has his own sponsorship page on VirginMoneyGiving and has already raised over £200 for TWOAT.

2015 Walk Report

Our 2015 Sponsored Walks attracted a record 43 participants.  Many thanks go to the organiser John Allinson; his two walking helpers Bob Gunn and Dick Shelley; historian Jean Clew; lift provider Mary Heath and John’s wife Deb who greeted the walkers at the 3/4 way point on Farthing Down with a selection of drinks and biscuits.

The Walk proved most interesting starting in Chipstead and including visits to the ancient Saxon Church at Chaldon and Kenley Aerodrome where John identified significant sites and  gave details of its role in the Battle of Britain.

It is not too late to retrospectively sponsor walkers who participated in the rather hilly 9.5 mile challenge which traversed Happy Valley twice .

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
John Allinson describing Kenley's role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson describing Kenley’s role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down

Sponsored Walk

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust is organising the same Ten Mile Sponsored Walk on two occasions in May on Friday 19 and Saturday 27.  The start will be at 9.15 from the “Lunch Box” kiosk near the “Beefeater” pub overlooking Tattenham Corner on the Derby racecourse (post code KT18 5PP).   The walk will go across the racecourse, past Langley Vale and continue to Headley passing the new plantation of trees which will become a memorial to those who lost their lives in the 1914-18 war.  At Headley there will be a stop for refreshments at the “Village Stores and Tea Room”.  Then the route will go past Headley Heath, and across the Walton Heath Golf Club course, to the “Sportsman” pub on the outskirts of Lower Kingswood with a stop for lunch.    After lunch the route will follow the line of the “Coal Tax” posts back to Walton with a stop for refreshments at the Grey Dove” then across the Downs back to the racecourse and the “Lunch Box” kiosk.    Along the walk a local historian will give the history of the area. Lifts back to the start will be available from each of the three stopping point.   If you are interested in participating or sponsoring please contact John Allinson on 01737 213347

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties with adding photos and text to walk leader John Allinson’s donation page so you can see some pictures from previous years here:

Walk on May 28th 2016

TWOAT Walkers May 2016

Walk on May 20th 2016

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

 

2015 Walk Report

Our 2015 Sponsored Walks attracted a record 43 participants.  Many thanks go to the organiser John Allinson; his two walking helpers Bob Gunn and Dick Shelley; historian Jean Clew; lift provider Mary Heath and John’s wife Deb who greeted the walkers at the 3/4 way point on Farthing Down with a selection of drinks and biscuits.

The Walk proved most interesting starting in Chipstead and including visits to the ancient Saxon Church at Chaldon and Kenley Aerodrome where John identified significant sites and  gave details of its role in the Battle of Britain.

It is not too late to retrospectively sponsor walkers who participated in the rather hilly 9.5 mile challenge which traversed Happy Valley twice .

You can find our event  sponsorship page by clicking here: WALK EVENT PAGE

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
John Allinson describing Kenley's role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson describing Kenley’s role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down

News from our project in Nepal

To go to latest correspondence with Nepal go here

We had been relieved to hear that the village and school we support in Nepal had only slight damage from the initial earthquake but on Friday 15th May we received the grim news that the second quake had devastated the village and rendered the school buildings unsafe.  Modern communications are such that the local TWOAT contact in the village, Sherpa Rudra, managed to send an email  on Friday May 15th– this is an extract using his spelling: “We have had second one bigest earthquake. And by that earthquake it destroyed a lot of houses, school monastery and many more so and our school building also totally destroyed. It did not collapsed but it’s moved down like bend also some room’s wall fall down some room had big cracked.”  We told Rudra he could use the £1300 we had already sent, ready to pay for an additional teacher’s salary, in whatever way was needed to alleviate the village’s problems.  He sent a further email on Saturday 16th May giving extra details about the conditions: “….meanwhile according to your advice I will help some of my villagers with money that I have to use for second teacher which I have got from TWOAT. Though we don’t have temporary tents nowadays we are spending our worsful time in small tarpaulin we have been staying in tarpaulin since three weeks. The wheather is becoming bad day by day sometime too much windy and raining sometimes hevey raining because the monsoon season will be starts by June first week there are more possibilities to have big landslide hear in Kerung also so we are afraiding very much.”

This is the school how it was last year

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This is a picture of some of the children who attend the school:

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This picture was taken earlier this year showing building work in progress for the new classroom for which TWOAT would fund the teacher.

 

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This is a picture showing walls now broken and falling inwards.

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Further details from Sherpa Rudra sent Saturday May 16th :

My house also cracked In everypart of wall. its not in good condition what shall I do? There is no way to solutions for it.I do have electricity and water.yes indeed the government policeman and village development secretary arrived here at first time earthquake but each of
everyone is not getting enough help by the government.Most of the effected people are helpless. Our vegetables are maize are some safe for sometimes some peoples are injured and they have got some treatment from local medical but every hurt is broken,every eyes has tear this is very shockfull situations.
That’s all for now.
I will write to you again soon.

Sincerely yours
Rudra

Message from Rudra received Sat May 23rd after we told him we would set up an appeal for his village on our web site and in newspapers.

Thank you very much for your kindly helpful message. We are still suffering by the quake jolt everyday we all are staying in tarpaulin.every days the quake aftershocks so that we all are in bad situations.
By the way by some TWOAT money I manage some tarpaulin, blanket, and some food by that money it’s help a lot for us to relief for victims.

Thank you very much for your appeal also money from TWOAT .I know it help very very much if we get helping money then definitely we want built temporary shelters as well buy or necessary things there is no problem for transportation……yes indeed the government arrived but only very little relief helping things…..
Your sincerely
Rudra

Further message from Rudra Tuesday May 26th addressed to his contact on our committee Dick Shelley and Dick’s wife Rosaleen whom he met whilst acting as a guide for them on a trek in Nepal.  Namaste is a word of greeting.

Dear Dick,Rosaleen and all the members of TWOAT Namaste

Thank you very much for your unforgotable help. Its such a great great help.I know we know we never ever forget in our life it really feel us that you are giving new life for all the people who have effected by earthquack .
By those peoples they are sending to you all who put there hands together in bad situations.
Yes indeed, the quakes are calming down but still its not stopped. The seasons is falling in to the rainy season but in a day or night its coming very dangerous windy and rain. It’s also very much effected for the victims of earthquake peoples. It’s very hard to stay in tarpaulin .
Although I also need help for to buy shelter as well as food managed for my family . Because I have to manage as soon as early before began the monsoon.I hope you can help for this too.
Because it is going to be my challenging life.
About the school that is going to open after four days. The school building is unsafe only for four room because it has fall dawn the wall.
So we are not going to use these room besides this teacher are ok.
That’s all for now. Once again thank you very much for your help.

Your sincerely
Rudra.

We were concerned that our contact Rudra might not want to be responsible on his own for deciding who should be helped from the money we had sent.  Previously our funding was for specific purposes at the school such as paying a teacher’s wages.  We sent him an email asking about the village structure; whether it had a headman or committee of elders; and whether he would prefer us to suggest a priority order for those needing help? We also asked when the money we said he could divert from paying a teacher would be needed for the original purpose?  The following was his answer received on June 5th:

Dear Dick and Rosaleen as well as all the members of TWOAT many many Namaste from me rudra also by Kerung peoples.

Thank you very much for your nice email we are very very glad that you and TWOAT helped a lot for us we never forget your help  in our critical condition life. I know and we know that it was really difficult for to manage things in horrible conditions but we brought the things from the market by  money than we distribute all of them equal. We brought tarpaulin, blanket , rice ,oil, dal.  We have own village management committee.

Yes it is , it is really hard to do fair but by the community we made the rules with categories in the victims peoples than we distributed to them all. There is a leader in our community. Among of them I am a second leader.

Most of the important things that we had to manage tarpaulin. Otherwise each of everyone was staying outside the house. So that we did so on. There are more than one hundred  fifty five house hold in our village. Although we have more 155 adults and less than that children; among of six adults were injured. Nowadays they are getting better than last time. And eighty three houses family are living in open because there homes are unsafe.

As far as for the school I have to pay for second teacher as soon early so please if you provide soon than I could pay soon. Our school building is totally major damaged so we are under construction temporary building  for students. The children are attending at school but not lessons in class.  May be  by coming up next week the lessons will be run.

That’s all for now.

Your faithful

Rudra.

 We asked Rudra to give us some more details of the way he has spent the £2300 in emergency relief we sent to him and also whether he yet had any idea of the re-building cost for the school.

He replied on July 1st telling us that the mobile phone he uses to email us had a fault but it is now working again.

 He told us that he had purchased 150 tarpaulins/tents and these had cost about £13 each – the actual total was £1875.  The rest of the £2300 had gone on food and oil for families who had lost their stocks.

He told us that the new classroom they had added to the school at the beginning of the year cost about £10,000.  The school was probably about 4 times the size of this extension.  He told us the Monsoon has arrived.  Looking at the weather forecast for Kathmandu I see steady rain with lightning for the next 10 days!!  

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Monsoon and temporary tarpaulin shelters

He has most recently written to us concerning the problems caused by the Monsoon rains.  These have resulted in mudslides causing further damage to the village.  His own mother’s house has been affected by this.

We have sent another £1,300 from funds donated to replace the teacher’s salary which we diverted to provide some immediate help.

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Pupils using temporary classroom under tarpaulins

This is an extract from an email received from Rudra on Nov 13th.  We have added some italicized text to clarify what Rudra is saying.  For example we asked him to send us an account of how the re-building money we send has been spent about every 6 to 8 weeks and gave him a sample format.

Dear Dick and all members of TWOAT Namaste (greetings) from me Rudra as well as Kerung peoples.
Thank you very very much for your such a kindfull or helpfull message. All of our Kerung peoples are doing well except my mother. My mother is still doing so so….. that’s why I couldn’t write to you email before so far. (Rudra’s Mother’s house was damaged in a subsequent mudslide)
Thank you very much for raised money the rebuilding of our school. It is such unforgettable help.
I will fully responsible to keep careful account in my phone or computer. I will spend all money according to your suggestion which I will follow TWOAT instruction and sample (reporting format).
I will send you all the things which you need from us like photos and others.
As far as there is not any other organization that would like(ly) to help for us. This is only I know the government of Nepal which they should have to rebuilt our school but I heard that more than 23000 school has been fully damaged by earthquake our government does not have that much money to rebuild soon all these  schools.
How much money that we need which about approximately amount I wrote to you in my last email (£10 – 15,000). Definitely no doubt our villager will help to rebuild our school that they can help forever. Yes indeed it is really big contribution for Kerung children by Tadworth.
I have looked your photos which you have been doing presentation and participated
peoples. (We sent Rudra pictures of Dick talking about Nepal to our Annual Meeting)
I like it very much it’s such a kindly and Smiley face that I saw on your photos.

That’s all for now, once again thank you very much for all TWOAT.

Sincerely yours

Rudra.

Much more will be needed to rebuild the school – we have set an initial target of £10- !5,000.  If you want to help as well, you can donate either directly with a cheque to our Treasurer, John Tedder, at 103 Shelvers Way, Tadworth, KT20 5QQ or via our VirginMoneyGiving site here.

 

Sir Edward Clay talk on Rwanda raises £1,000

Around 70 people attended St John’s Hall to hear Sir Edward Clay, former British Ambassador to Rwanda, talk about the genocide that occurred in 1994 and what might be done by the international community to prevent future such catastrophes.

As a result of the meeting and with Gift aid reclaims TWOAT will have raised about £1,000 for two projects – one working for peace and reconciliation in Rwanda and another organizing health camps in nearby Uganda where many Rwandan refugees are located.

Former British Ambassador to Rwanda to address TWOAT Meeting March 11th

Sir Edward Clay was the non-resident British Ambassador to Rwanda in 1994 when that country suffered the horrors of genocide.  He will be talking to a meeting organised by TWOAT at St John’s Hall, Station Approach, Tadworth, KT20 5AB (opposite the railway station) on the evening of March 11th with the  topic:“Rwanda 1994;Never Again?” Doors will open at 7.30pm.

This meeting will provide a rare opportunity for those interested in the modern history and development of Africa to hear from someone who was directly involved with the diplomatic reaction of the British and other governments as a national tragedy unfolded.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Fox (01737 350452) priced at £5.  Funds and donations raised during the evening will be passed to International Alert (see a video clip by clicking here) a charity recommended by Sir Edward concerned with peace and  reconciliation in Rwanda and another project running health camps in nearby Uganda that has already been regularly supported by TWOAT.

 

TWOAT’s Annual Social Meeting (ASM) 11/10/2014 & Future Dates

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust

Registered Charity No 286076    

Annual Social Meeting (ASM)

TWOAT’s ASM was held on the evening of Saturday 11th October in St John’s Hall, which had been provided for the charity at no charge by the church.  Just over 50 friends and supporters of TWOAT enjoyed a fine meal of Lancashire Hotpot together with an excellent presentation by Peter Trenier from Westcott talking about the charitable project, Papua Partners, run by his daughter and her husband in a remote and very impoverished area of Indonesia.  With very few resources the couple had built up an organisation in Papua that was now helping to improve the lives of around 200,000 people.  Peter’s presentation was supported by Anna Kemkers. She described how TWOAT’s financial support had been used for the last few years to fund the costs of Yepina.  She is a native Papuan whom the project originally found working as a village midwife.  She is now one of their most significant health workers and has developed from being rather a shy person to someone who was recently flown to Australia to address a gathering of development professionals about the problems faced by Papuans which include AIDs, TB and malaria.

Sam Stevenson, a Walton resident, described her work in Africa with another project supported by TWOAT, “Cricket without Boundaries”. This combines cricket coaching with AIDS awareness for young people in Botswana and other countries.

Those present were so moved by the presentations that over £1,000 was donated to help TWOAT support Papua Partners and other projects.  Earlier when the TWOAT Treasurer, John Tedder, reported the 2012/13 financial results, he noted that the charity had benefitted from a significant increase in Gift Aid income.  This was because the Government now allows small charities such as TWOAT to claim Gift Aid on donations from things such as bucket collections where the individual donor has not had to be specifically identified as a UK tax payer.  Thus TWOAT will be able to claim 25% additional funds from the Government for the cash left in collecting baskets at the ASM.

In a report on TWOAT’s activities through the year Chairman Mike Fox noted in particular the successful new Fashion Show which had taken place in March.  This had raised over £1400 as well as introducing many new potential supporters to TWOAT. Next year’s Fashion Show will be held on Monday Oct 5th 2015 and will be aimed at Autumn and Winter Fashions.

Mike Fox noted that the next event will be Sing Carols in Christchurch Hall, Walton with a choir from Walton Primary School which will take place in December.  The date for this has now been confirmed as Tuesday, 2nd December starting at 6.30 pm.

We will also be singing Carols in the streets and pubs of Walton on Thursday, 18th December starting at 7.00 pm from St Peter’s Church gate.

Dates in 2015 are:

Quiz Evening Tuesday 17th February in Christchurch Hall doors open 7.15pm.

We will be selling Tea & Cake in the garden at 41 Shelvers Way when Keith & Elizabeth Lewis have their Open Garden as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sundays April 19th and July 19th.

Chairman’s Message from our Newsletter published in September 2014

Chairman’s Message from our Newsletter published in September 2014

Full details of our income and expenditure will be given at our Annual Social Meeting (ASM) on October 11th. However, we would like to record that during the last 12 months we have been very generously supported by a number of local organisations including various church groups, Walton May Fayre and Walton Primary School.

One of the committee’s most important objectives for this year was to try to spread awareness of TWOAT and its activities particularly amongst younger age groups. The main action we took to achieve this was to collaborate with Travelling Trends in staging a fashion show at the Riddell Hall. This proved to be a great success from a financial point of view with over £1,400 raised for our projects. Perhaps more importantly for the longer term, we managed to attract a good number of people for whom this was the first TWOAT event that they had attended. We will use the contact details that we collected both to inform them of our plans to hold another Show for autumn fashions in 2015 and to tell them about the projects we are supporting.

We would be very grateful if our supporters could also assist us in spreading the word about TWOAT. If you have neighbours or friends and relatives who might be interested in helping some of the most disadvantaged individuals or communities in the world, then please pass them a copy of this newsletter.

We have been enjoying continued success with another approach to fund raising whereby supporters of TWOAT, celebrating a special occasion, tell their family and friends that rather than a gift they would be happy for them to mark the occasion by making a donation to TWOAT. These monies can then be used to support one or more of our projects. Mike and Jenny Shaw adopted a novel approach for their Diamond Wedding when they paid the normal admission fees for all those who attended the Good Shepherd Parish Lunch nearest to their Anniversary date. Mike made a speech saying that he and Jenny did not need any Anniversary gifts but collection boxes were available for TWOAT and another charity to share anything those attending cared to donate. In fact rather more than the usual lunch admission fees was donated and TWOAT was very grateful for its share.

Our traditional fund raising has also had an excellent year with good results at Sing Carols in Christchurch Walton, our Bottle Stall at the Walton May Fayre, our two Sponsored Walks, two occasions when we sold teas in Keith and Elizabeth Lewis’ garden when they were opening it as part of the National Gardens’ Scheme, our street collection and our Quiz. Roger and Anna-Stina Ponsford kindly ran the Spit Roast event again in September that they have previously hosted for us and that rounded off a highly successful year generating nearly £700.