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Annual Garden Party – Sunday 7th June 1-5pm

dsc_0127.jpgThis year’s fundraising garden party will again be at

37 Grosvenor Park Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9PD

(between Hoe Street and Pembroke Road – see map below)

on Sunday, 7th June 2009, from 1 to 5pm.

The fundraising garden party is to support young people, many of them AIDS orphans, at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in South Africa with a much needed feeding programme.


LUNCH: a wide selection of delicious home-cooked dishes including vegetarian

Adults: £7 includes 1 free glass of wine/beer (add’l glasses £1.00)
Children: £2.50
Under 5’s: Free
All soft drinks free!!!!
UPDATE: Presentation on project progress to date at 2 o’clock

GUMBOOT DANCE WORKSHOP: 3pm – join in and have a go!

RAFFLE: Will be drawn at 4 o’clock

FOR SALE: plants and cards


Three Thuso Trustees are to visit the Thuto Lesedi High School!

Thuso Chair Mmapula Small will be leaving next week for her annual fact-finding trip to South Africa. Deputy Chair – Elaine Daniel and Treasurer – Tania Collins will fly out to join her at a later date – all self-funded of course.

The purpose of the visit is to gain real evidence of what’s happening on the ground and what the school’s and the students’ personal needs really are. The Thuso visitors will be able to not only visit the school but also see the town of Vosloorus, near Johannesburg and where and in what conditions the children live.

They will meet teachers and our sponsored students at the school. They will review our current students’ progress and well being, and will be asking the head teacher to increase the number of children we support through school to 50. They hope to bring back school reports, recent photographs and letters from all our current and new sponsored students that we will pass on to YOU the sponsors.

Thuso is in the process of initiating partnerships with South African companies and trusts that will assist our sponsored students to progress through tertiary education and beyond to employment. Our visiting Trustees will therefore put Thuto Lesedi School in touch with these companies so partnerships may be formed. From our Social Fund Thuso will also help school-leaving sponsored students with the transition to tertiary training and/or employment.

One of the most important tasks for the visiting Trustees will be to see how the school’s feeding programme is working. Our contributions so far to the programme have no doubt helped but represent only a fraction of the need. There are currently 250 children benefiting from daily lunches and evening, weekend and school holiday food boxes. We understand that a further 250 children really need this support. The school does a marvellous job in obtaining some free staple foods from local sources but this does not equal the ever-growing need as more and more families are hit by the AIDS pandemic. The Thuso visitors will be warmly congratulating the staff on their sterling efforts in obtaining, cooking and delivering food to the hungry children. We plan to increase our contribution to the food programme by 50% this year, but realise we must redouble our fundraising efforts in line with the need.

On their return we hope to put on the website lots of photos of the school, the students, staff and Vosloorus that our Trustees have taken together with a report of their findings.

Leytonstone Car Free Day

Leytonstone Car Boot Sale

Tania and Madge on the Community Heart stall at the Leytonstone Car Free Day

The Community Heart stall did very well at the Leytonstone Car Free day on 23rd September 2007. On sale were books, plants and various craft objects such as candles, jams, leather purses, earrings, greetings cards etc, all made by Thuso Treasurer Tania. She also provided “pick a stick” prizes for children which were very popular. The takings will go to support the Community Heart project of sending books to schools in South Africa, (see Thuso Friends/Community Heart link on right hand side.).

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