In July students from Downe House School in Kent will visit Malawi and volunteer at Open Arms. They put a lot of work into a fabulous fundraising ball and the results were fantastic!
From bag packing in supermarkets to a Malawi Bridge Night, schools are raising vital funding and learning a lot in the process.
The Downe House students pulled together a colourful African fundraising ball to raise support ahead of their 2019 visit. There were fabulous outfits, from the red dress with yellow bananas, complete with head gear, to the leopard print suits, the community went all out to support the Malawi expedition.
Our fundraiser, Jasmine Leitao, was invited to speak at the event and meet the students who are going to Malawi. She said “I’ve seen that visiting Malawi brings amazing opportunities to learn from new experiences and connect with people. Having been a part of school trips in Malawi, and seen how far our fundraising goes, I was delighted to support the students and give Malawi a voice at the ball.”
Holcombe girls put on a superb programme of musical entertainment and an auction to round off the evening with a host of prizes, all very generously donated by parents. Holcombe house chose Open Arms Malawi as their charity after a visit in 2016. Throughout the year when special services are held, they have asked for collections to support our work.
Holcombe Housemistress, Mrs Barbara Brader said, “It was simply wonderful to see the Holcombe community come together to support Open Arms Malawi and to see everyone having such a great time in the process! "
“Thanks to everyone's generosity, we have raised £5000 for the charity, which will make a massive difference to the lives of many vulnerable children in Malawi. The girls really enjoyed the opportunity to meet Jasmine to find out more about the charity’s work and what they might expect to experience during their visit and the whole group are now even more excited about the trip to Malawi in July!”
School fundraising makes a significant difference to the work of Open Arms Malawi. Without these funds we simply couldn’t reach as many children who need our help.
At Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, they have had some busy weekends of fundraising. From bag packing at their local supermarket, running a jumble sale and later holding a cake sale, all these events help to keep the money coming in to support the children of Tsekwe House in Malawi.
At Kingswood School students and teachers continually rally the local community to support Open Arms, from a Christmas Market for Malawi to their latest event, the annual Bridge Night.
To all the schools who organise Fun Runs and Ceilidhs, fill Smartie boxes or collecting tins, and help in so many ways, please know we couldn’t do it without you!
If you’re interested in how schools can help, while learning about Malawi and connecting with the UN’s Global Goals, you can find out more…