Archive for June, 2008

Garden Party 22 June 2008

This year the annual charity fundraising garden party hosted by Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa, celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday. About 200 people attended including Mr and Mrs Mohammed Timol, representing the South African High Commission and MP Neil Gerrard.

Garden Party 2008

There was lunch, a presentation of the project at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School and a demonstration of a gumboot dance by Makola Mayambika. He had learned the dance when he visited South Africa on a youth exchange program. For the children at the party, participating in the dance was the highlight.

In celebration of Mandela’s life, there were displays of photographs of him from his youth to current age. There was also information about the extensive charitable work his still does to promote the education and welfare of AIDS orphans and other destitute children. His work is a real inspiration for Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa.

The event raised £1400, and three additional sponsorships for pupils. The money raised will help to increase the number of children getting food at the School.

Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa thanks all those who joined them in celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, and raise money for a good cause.

Garden Party, Sunday 22nd June 2008

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The garden (and house) were filled.

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Trustees, Neil Gerrard MP with birthday card for Nelson Mandela’s 90th (July 18th)

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Review of the year and reading a letter from a sponsored student

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Makola demonstrating gumboot dancing, Treasurer Tania far right.

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Admin. Secretary Jill at flower stall

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Trustees, garden party hosts and representatives from South African High Commission

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Host Naima and friends

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Trustees with prospective parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow Stella Creasy
(2nd from left)