The 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge – we need your help!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018ChoraChori is fundraising for the 2019 operational costs of our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre in Kathmandu through The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018. We need your help!

Christmas thoughts in May

At ChoraChori preparations for The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 started in May as we began searching for individuals and organisations who would be willing to make pledges. Those pledges make up a matching fund that can allow doubling of all online donations that we receive during the public phase of the Challenge. This runs for one week from noon on the 27th November to noon on the 4th December. This year we’ve managed to find a staggering £20,000 in pledges from our own network and £10,000 from an anonymous “Champion” that the Big Give provided from its resources. Therefore our total fundraising, if successful, could raise £60,000 towards the operation of our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre in Kathmandu. You can read the project outline through this link.

How you can help

We need your help if we are to make a success of this Appeal. First of all – and most importantly – don’t donate now! Online gifts won’t be doubled until the start of the Challenge on the 27th November. Instead, please visit the microsite we have set up specially for the Challenge. This tells you everything you need to know and gives an overview of our work. There’s also an appeal on behalf of child rape victims from actress Amrita Acharia who has acted in Game of Thrones and starred in The Good Karma Hospital. The idea is that at this stage visitors to the microsite can sign up to be given a reminder on the day that the Appeal starts.

Please share the microsite with friends and family. Think also about any organisation, school, place of worship, business or club that you might be able to introduce us to and that might wish to make their Christmas donations through us. If you have any ideas, just drop me a line.

 

Success at the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland conference

Soroptimist conference

Delegates at the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Federation annual conference have chosen ChoraChori’s project “Empowering girls in Nepal” as the new Federation project for 2019 – 2022.

Yesterday Philip Holmes, CEO/Founder of ChoraChori, gave a joint presentation on our work with the President of Bridgend and District Soroptimist International Club, Helen Murdoch. They were going head to head with three other charities, including the excellent Rosie May Foundation and Act4Africa charities and the Women into Stem project in competition to be the chosen Federation charity for 2019-2022. Each presentation had to be for three minutes (at which point the microphone would cut out) followed by 4 minutes of questions. For Philip it felt rather like speed-dating with the 1200 attendees at the ACC conference centre in Liverpool!

Our presentation is outlined in this link, with our pitch being for £105,000 over three years towards giving girls a combination of skills and schooling towards gainful employment and the operation of a half-way house where girls can be safe during rehabilitation and training. The beneficiaries would be a combination of child rape survivors and vulnerable girls from the tea plantations of Jhapa, a follow on from the pilot project we began in July.

Being well-rehearsed, we completed our presentation on time and without any problems. But the nerve-wracking part was the vote that followed. Delegates were able to record their votes using key pads the outcome of which was shown on the big screen behind the stage. At the first count we came in second place behind Women into STEM. However the rules stated that the winning charity had to have at least 51% of the vote so the third and fourth place charities were eliminated and we had a second vote to endure. We almost felt like watching the ten second countdown on the screen through our fingers! The final score was 53% for ChoraChori and 47% for Women into Stem. We’d won and it was hugs all round.

We are of course thrilled by this outcome and feel privileged to work with our friends at SIGBI Federation in the coming time. For this is not a grant; rather it is a collaboration that will be fulfilling for all of us and life-changing for the girls. We will have to fundraise together which should be huge fun while we at ChoraChori will still need to find the funds elsewhere for the other elements of our Nepal programmes, including child trauma management.

For now though, it’s time for a little celebration. Huge thanks must go to Helen Murdoch and Rayner Rees and their fellow club members at Bridgend who have been awesome in the build up to this success. And a wee thank you to New Zealand Soroptimists Sarah Lucas-Broughton and Valda McBeth who gave us the introduction to the wonderful world of Soroptimists in the first place!

Some scenes from yesterday:

Guest speaker Terry Waite who presented just before us.

 

It didn’t seem to matter that I forgot to do up my tie!

Bridgend President, Helen Murdoch, keeping me in order

 

Fingers on pads for the vote….

A handshake of congratulations from Mary Storrie, Founder of the Rosie May Foundation

And a well-deserved hug to Rayner Rees! 

 

London Marathon 2019

We’re inviting participants in next year’s London Marathon to join ChoraChori Founder Philip Holmes and run in support of our work in Nepal.

This week Philip Holmes was shocked to secure a place in the 2019 London Marathon through the public ballot. After failing to do so for the past three years and with Father Time catching up on him he’d resigned himself to settling for his three previous medals – 2011, 2012 and 2015. But no, it’s time to stock up on the Lucozade Sport – that ceases to be enjoyable after the first bottle – and the various other bits and pieces that will (hopefully) ensure his survival.

With 414,000 applicants in the London Marathon public ballot there are an awful lot of disappointed aspiring runners out there and we wish we could help but unfortunately we never have an allocation of guaranteed places. Those are restricted to the older charities that were there at the ground floor when the London Marathon was first set up. However, if you are one of the lucky ones, perhaps you’d consider joining Philip in crossing the start line on the 28th April 2019? We don’t offer any fancy support packages – we’re not that sort of charity; instead we hope that a bit of mutual moral support during training and the knowledge that you’re running for such a worthwhile charity is enough to encourage you to join us.

If you’d like to become part of the team then drop Philip a line through this link.

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