Feb 3, 2021

Thank you for supporting mental health in Basildon

Dear Friend

On behalf of Motivated Minds and The Listening Post, I wish to thank you so much for your kind donation to our Christmas campaign to raise funds for them to continue their work in the Basildon Borough in helping people with their mental health issues.

As we all know, this past year has been a struggle with the Covid virus disrupting our lives and many have suffered and sadly many have died as well. Those left behind grieve, and those that recover are sometimes left with long term problems with their health.

The demand for help with mental health issues has only increased because of Covid, and these anxieties manifest themselves in many ways, with the stress and worries about unemployment, relatives, friends, relationships, and your own health, being just the tip of the iceberg. The problems stretch across society with mental health issues even with children and teenagers, not just adults.

So again, thank you so much for being a part of helping with your donation towards mental health in Basildon.

The Rotary Club of Basildon Concord, Motivated Minds and The Listening Post all wish you a happy and healthy 2021 

 Yours sincerely

 

 Danny Lovey

The Rotary Club of Basildon Concord

Oct 27, 2020

We are getting there, slowly!

Dear friend

I am now not daring to get too excited; for the process all seems endless, but we are so close now to getting permission to go ahead with the Zvamaida project.

With all the economic woes in Zimbabwe and the Covid 19 lock-down, we have had a 'perfect storm' this year. After the lock-down was mainly lifted in Zimbabwe, we had to go about repricing our plans, as frankly we had no idea any longer of what the costs would be, taking into account the currency and rampant inflation in the country.

That has all now been done, and although costs are generally higher in US Dollar terms, we are calculating that we will get the three classroom blocks built and the library as well.

Our report on all of this has now gone into Rotary Foundation for their approval. In addition to funds raised on the GlobalGiving platform a substantial amount has been raised by Rotary Clubs and being matched either partly, or in full, by Rotary International Foundation. As you may know the Rotary Foundation make huge donations to projects every year around the world for humanitarian needs in such things as education, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and other things including the campaign to eradicate polio from the world.  

There are of course ongoing things that will need funding such as a new water borehole, water harvesting and clothing for school uniforms and sports equipment for the children, which will take time to raise the money.

The children of Zvamaida School will benefit hugely from this investment in the infrastructure for their school, and we hope the first classroom will now only be a month or so away from being built.

Thank you so much for your financial help to achieve where we are now. We are not there yet, but I would like once more to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their support. 

Very best wishes

Danny

Jul 6, 2020

Getting nearer to the start of building

Dear friend

It sure has been eventful in the world since I last wrote to you in February.

Covid 19 has created havoc like nothing most of us have seen in our lifetimes. Fund raising for charities from events being held have had to be cancelled, and at the moment none of us know when that will be able to start again. 

But to better news! We now have reached our minimum target of fund raising where we believe we can start planning the beginning of the building of the Zvamaida School Classrooms Project. We do though have a few hoops to jump through technically, but that should hopefully be sorted in around a month. 

All of this of course will be subject to how much activity the Zimbabwe Government will be allowing in the freedom of movement coming out of covid lock-down. We are eternal optimists by nature and will prepare to start building as soon as possible

We will continue to fundraise for the foreseeable future, because we have little in contingency funds available, and there is bound to be a need for some extra money.

Once we get the Classrooms built, hopefully also the Library, and the school furniture plus some much needed books as well,  the hope is that we will be able to fund some 'extra’s, including school sports equipment for both boys and girls, school uniforms, books etc.

Our project is exciting for those of us directly involved and without your help we could not be where we currently are in planning the start of the building.

Thank you to everyone who has helped in our efforts and not to forget some of the generous support we have had from Rotary around the world and the Rotary Foundation.

I hope to be able to give you a starting date on my next report

Very best wishes to you

Danny

 
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