On the 21st December 2008, our lovely 19 year old daughter and sister, Rosie Dwyer died suddenly from septicaemia. Rosie lived life in glorious technicolor. Through the charity Ace, we are sharing some of that colour by sponsoring an art& crafts teacher at the South End Academy North Kenya. Due to Rosies fund ,at Southend Academy sustainable craft skills are now being taught. Our aim is to fund this education for as many years as possible. The majority of the children who will benefit have been orphaned by HIV and/or AIDS, but thanks to Rosie’s fund, they will be able to learn new skills to enable them to earn a living and break out of the destitution that is the fate of many millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa.
The support of the fund has been overwhelming, over £40,000 has been donated, but we don’t want to stop there!!! So in October we (brother Jacob and dad John)will be taking on the Cycle Kenya challenge and have set ourselves a joint fund raising target of £4,000 (increased to £7,000!)
Our sponsored bike ride will be a real challenge, covering 600km. We will be in the saddle for at least 6 hours every day (perhaps a lot longer at my pace) on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads. Accommodation for this challenge will be basic mainly camping, we’re hoping I do not keep the team doctor too busy. On the ride we will visit ACE Africa’s community projects in Siaya and Bungoma, witnessing first-hand how the money raised will be used locally. On the final section of the ride we will be joined by ACE Africa’s staff including the Executive Director, Augustine, who will talk about the work currently being conducted in country.
We have chosen the self payment option covering all the costs of the trip ourselves which means that all the the sponsorship money raised will be going to ACE.
We can assure you that the money raised is going to a really worthy cause and knowing that orphaned children in Africa will receive an education in tribute to Rosie is a big comfort. It is really heart-warming when friends give something as it means we know Rosie has touched your lives too in some small way. Please be generous, your donations whatever the amount will make a big difference to so many people.
£200 is the monthly salary for the teacher
£50 will pay for a teacher for a whole week
£25 will buy enough craft materials for a week
£10 will pay for a day of the teacher's time
£5 will pay for a day's worth of materials
The successe of the fund is a great tribute to Rosie, so please support this campaign and of course spread the word to others.
Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor Rosie's fund: Action in the Community Environment gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.
By sponsoring us on this challenge you will be helping us to make a real to commuities in need.
A huge thank you for all your love, support and generosity! so please dig deep and donate now.
Jacob and John Dwyer
If you would like to get a taste of what Rosie was like, please go to her website; www.rosiedwyer.co.uk where you will see her art, photos, and Rachel’sblog.