SPONSORSHIP of children, and more recently vulnerable adults, has always been our main emphasis, and the income we receive from sponsors each month is our main source of funding.
However, this income is just a contribution towards the cost of supporting the children with food and medical/dental care, and we rely on other fundraising to cover everything and to provide all the extra projects we run. Things like Christmas gifts each year, special medical needs, help with building repairs, and much more.
We have two Charity Shops, one in Markethill, Northern Ireland and the other in Inverness, Scotland, and these provide thousands of pounds each year to help support extra projects in Guatemala and Albania. They are run by a very small staff with the help of a faithful band of volunteers, who help clean and sort donations and operate the shops on a daily basis.
Both shops hold extra events each year, for example, a Toy Fair in November showcasing all the toys, games, teddies, books, etc that are donated but can’t be displayed to maximum effect in the shops because of lack of space. These are hugely popular in the run-up to Christmas. Our Inverness shop has also been holding a monthly small furniture sale, as many items are offered to us that we don’t have room to display in the shop. We are extremely grateful to all those who donate items to the shops to enable us to do all this.
We also have many people around the country who act as Local Reps for us and who organise all sorts of different fundraising events, from sponsored events to coffee mornings/afternoon teas, stands selling crafts at summer or Christmas markets…the list goes on. We are amazed at the creativity of our supporters and some of the things they get up to raise money for us.
Due to the restrictions imposed over the last 18 months during the pandemic, much of our extra fundraising activity has been severely curtailed or stopped altogether. We are delighted that things are easing now in the UK and that we are again able to plan events. It is so encouraging to see so many of our supporters eager to get going with their ideas.
Earlier this month, we were delighted to have Clare McDonald join our UK & Ireland team in Inverness as Fundraising and Events Coordinator. She will be looking at the longer-term strategy for fundraising going forward and coordinating many of the events that will be taking place in the future.
Please take a look at our website for more information: www.livingwateradoptachild.org/uk.
Also, if you have any fundraising ideas or would like to help, email our office on: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will put you in touch with Clare.
Together we are Changing The World … One Child at a Time.