JLC @20 fundraiser

JLC is 20 years old this year, and to celebrate we are holding a UK fundraiser event on Saturday 23 September. Join us for live music, food, drink and a raffle with great prizes – at Imber Court, West Molesey, KT8  0BT. Tickets cost £25 and include a meal and first drink. See poster below for further details and email info@johnlyallcharity.org for tickets.

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JLC building grows with our projects

The JLC community centre has now been fully operational for 4 years and we have been delighted to see it become a real focal point for the community of Wawa, used and maintained by local residents. During this time, we have significantly expanded our project offering and over the past year, JLC’s project manager in Wawa has observed how the space is used and how we could further utilise this to greater benefit. The Centre is our greatest asset and is at the heart of all of the projects we provide, and we need it to grow and develop with the charity and the community of Wawa.

JLC therefore applied to the Jephcott Charitable Trust, who funded the original building, for a grant to extend the Centre. We were delighted to be successful and the building work is now complete. The modifications include:

  • A new ground floor multipurpose hall to accommodate more participants at events such as health and hygiene workshops, and fundraisers.
  • A new ground floor kitchen and conversion of the old first floor kitchen into another workspace to be used for the Early Childhood Education programme.
  • Covering the upper floor terrace space so that it can be fully utilised as another workspace.
  • A new perimeter fence and fire escape to ensure the safety and security of Wawa residents using the Centre.

The completion of the new multipurpose hall has already enabled JLC to hold a Christmas festival community gift giving and feeding event in December 2016 and a fundraising talent show for the community in January 2017. The new hall will also allow us to accommodate more livelihood classes onsite – our next planned courses will be in cosmetology and welding; teaching locally employable skills which are in current demand. The new workspaces will allow us to increase our intake on the Early Childhood Education programme, which currently has a waiting list. JLC would like to sincerely thank Jephcott Charitable Trust for their continued support, which is enabling us to improve more life opportunities in Wawa.

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Our new multipurpose hall

Swishing into fundraising season

JLC had a great summer for fundraising. A ‘Swishing’ event started the season in style – with supporters paying an entry fee to bring unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to swap with others, kindly hosted for free at Gallery 71a in East London. The event was a lot of fun and raised £300 for Wawa.

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It was then time to get fit in the name of fundraising, as the JLC walkers completed the annual 10k Rotary Club walk, raising £720. We also had two London Marathon runners, Simon and Tom, who raised £1,109 between them, despite injuries. Their dedication to the cause is much admired and appreciated.

 

Finally, we spent a lovely summer Sunday enjoying a fundraising Ploughman’s event, kindly hosted by JLC supporter Cath Simons. Whilst tucking in to the Ploughman’s lunch, an auction and raffle provided entertainment and boosted funds, resulting in a grand total of £1,395. Cath also held a jumble sale raising  £164.

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All together, we’ve raised £3,688 this summer, an incredible achievement which will go a long way in Wawa. To find out what difference this is making, take a look at our impact page. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

But we can’t stop here! To sustain our support for people in Wawa, we need your continued support! Our Autumn fundraising kicks off with a quiz night at The Bishop Out Of Residence pub in Kingston-upon-Thames on Friday 6 November. See the poster below for further details.

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Walking on sunshine

Once again the JLC Walkers have undetaken their annual 10k sponsored walk, and once again the sun shone! We have raised £628.75 to date, which has exceeded our expectations and will go a long way to continuing to increase health, happiness and life chances for people in Wawa.

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This money equates to any of the following:

Maintaining the Early Years Education programme for four months; giving under fives a safe place to play and learn and engaging parents in the value of education (as opposed to children left vulnerable begging to supplement family income)

Feeding 100 malnourished children in school for two months; improving their academic attainment and relieving the feeding burden on large families

Running three child protection workshops for parents, children and teachers

Facilitating three months’ of livelihood skills courses to teach adults locally employable skills to support their families and build self sufficiency in the community.

Thank you to all our generous supporters.

Help for Haiyan

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who contributed items or money for relief aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan through The John Lyall Charity.

Our community learning centre in Libis, Rizal, was unaffected but, because of all the kind enquiries, we decided to collect items to send to our Project Manager in the Philippines in Forex pre-paid boxes. (If you are interested, you can see the type of box and grateful Filipinos receiving them on the Forex website). This is a route used by Filipinos to send items home, and is well tried and tested by JLC. 

Our Project Manager in the Philippines has a good relationship with another local NGO called Operation Blessing and we have arranged that they will collect the boxes from our Centre and take them to Tacloben by truck.  Our Project Manager will document everything in order to assure our donors that their donations will be properly distributed to the victims.  The boxes will take 6-8 weeks to arrive.  We have been sending them over the past week and the last one went on 4th December.

We have been overwhelmed with the kindness of our supporters in donating so many good quality clothes for men, women and children (many of them new with tags on), sheets, towels, tins of food (250 came from the pupils from St Mark’s school in Hounslow), toiletries and over the counter medicines and first aid kits.  The response was so wonderful that we have been able to send out SEVEN boxes (approx size 10 cubic feet) and have been given enough monetary donations to pay for the freight.

Again, THANK YOU – what an amazing act of generosity and kindness this has been.

Wawa reaches out to fellow Filipinos

JLC was shocked and saddened at news of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst typhoons ever recorded, causing widespread destruction to areas of the Visayan Islands of the Philippines last weekend. The scenes that have been reaching the world’s media since are truly devastating. The loss of homes, livelihoods and loved ones can’t fail to touch us – especially poignant when in many cases it is those who already live in poverty who lose everything. But the one thing not lost is human compassion and resilience; qualities which Filipino people have demonstrated every time a natural disaster has struck. JLC’s project manager in the Philippines has recently received donations of clothing from the UK; donations which were to be distributed to families in Wawa at Christmas. However, the people of Wawa, fortunately safe from the effects of this typhoon, have expressed a wish for the clothes to be sent to the Visayas as part of the humanitarian aid efforts. This attitude of giving to those in greatest need from those who live in poverty themselves is truly inspiring. If you can help the relief efforts financially in any way, please donate to one of the many major aid appeals set up, via Oxfam, World Vision and the DEC, to name a few. Every penny can help rebuild shattered lives. Thank you.

Putting the fun into fundraising

Exercise might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it’s certainly boosted funds for JLC in the last month! First up was the London Marathon, which JLC supporter Simon Phillips ran in  an impressive three hours, raising an even more impressive £1,897. Next was the Rotary Club of Sunbury & Shepperton’s 10k charity walk, which a team of JLC trustees and supporters completed last Sunday, raising £575 in sponsorship (with more still to be collected!). It helped that the sun shone for both events, making them enjoyable as well as rewarding – though perhaps the walk was more enjoyable than the marathon – with

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The JLC walkers

fewer blisters! The money raised from these events will make a huge difference in Wawa. JLC takes no UK expenses, so every penny will go directly to improving lives in Wawa – whether this is paying for a cookery or clothes making course to help adults to learn employable skills to support themselves, or helping children to reach their full potential through basic skills, nutrition and having a safe place to play.

Thank you to everyone who supported these events. Children and families in Wawa greatly appreciate it.