Teachers and supported pupils at the Thuto Lesedi Secondary SchoolWaltham Forest Thuso in South Africa is a charity founded in 2006 by members of the North East London branch of ACTSA (successor to Anti-Apartheid). We share Nelson Mandela’s vision that the children of South Africa are the country’s greatest asset.

Thuso means ‘helping hand’ in Sesotho and our aim is to support children still living in poverty in South Africa, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDs. We assist students at Thuto Lesedi High School near Johannesburg with school fees, food and books; as well as children at the rural Lobethal primary school in Limpopo. (Registered charity number 1115066)


Knockout music confirmed for garden party


We’re delighted to welcome back the amazing Whittington Steel Band to our garden party this year. Last year they had us all dancing in the garden.

They will be joined by the Rose & Crown singers, a local Walthamstow choir who are sure to delight us with their melodious voices.

If the weather continues it will be a beautiful afternoon for lazing around, sharing food and meeting friends old and new. And, of course, raising money to help Thuso’s work in schools in South Africa.

We hope to see you on 2nd July at 37 Grosvenor Park Road, E17 9PD from 1-5pm.


Annual garden party Sunday 2nd July

Thuso’s annual fundraising garden party is scheduled for Sunday 2nd July. Expect the usual combination of delicious food, great entertainment and an update on Thuso’s work here and in South Africa. As well as our plant and jewellery sale and raffle.

Hope to see you at 37 Grosvenor Park Road, E17 9PD from 1-5pm. Rumour has it that the sun will be shining!



Solar success for Thuso’s cyclists


Eighteen cyclists participated in the third Thuso sponsored bike ride on Sunday 11 September. The 40 mile sponsored cycleride, went out into Epping Forest from Walthamstow to North Weald in Essex, via High Beech, and returned via Theydon Bois.

The fabulous weather and lovely Essex countryside helped the cyclists on their way. Although, as event co-ordinator Gerard Omasta Milsom reported, they faced a number of challenges in the form of ‘rather a lot of hills and several punctures’.

Cllr Saima Mahmud, representing the London Borough of Waltham Forest, sent the cyclists on their way. Meanwhile, chair of Thuso, Mmapula Tladi-Small, spoke about the work of the charity before the ride began.

The sponsored bike ride was raising money for the charity’s appeal to provide solar lamps to children and families in rural Limpopo in South Africa. The solar lamps help children to study after dark and limit the use of dangerous kerosene lamps. Although the village does have electricity, the supply can be erratic due to power cuts and an overloaded network.

Gerard Omasta-Milsom said, ‘We have set ourselves a target of £2,000 this year, which we hope to achieve. Last year over £1,000 was raised by the cycleride. These funds will have a tremendous impact on the communities we support in South Africa.’ There is still time to donate to the appeal to help us meet our target.

To donate to the appeal visit our mydonate page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/thusobikeride2016


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