Christmas Cards for 2019

The Christmas cards for this year are now available. Please note we are no longer supplying new designs, just selling off the remaining packs – at less than our original 2004 price – £2.50 for 10!

Please also note, packs are no longer automatically sent out to members. So, if you would like a pack or two please contact the Chairman to place your order.

You can see the remain designs here – 11, 13 and 14 – please state clearly which designs you want.

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Septembers Newsletter is here…

As always the newsletter is full of information from the Home. This particular quote really struck me this time…

“You will be amazed how costs are rising. Yesterday morning I boarded a bus for town for $1.50, but after my exams-around 5pm-the bus fare was $5.00”.

On a more positive note the MRCH Big Sunday fundraiser raised £4,195 for the Home as well as receiving lots of goods in kind – though this is down on previous years.

Finally, a book by Graham Jones describing the life and work of Astonishment Mapurisa – a former Director of the Home is coming out in September. It will be available on Amazon ‘Astonishment:Laying Ghosts in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe’.

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Policy documents available

We are making our policy documents for child protection and anti bribery available for you to view.

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June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is here and a huge thank you to all of you supporting the Home. News this quarter reveals that the National Pharmacy of Zimbabwe-who send some medicine supplies to the Home-have not done so for months. Your funds have helped the Home buy essential medicine for the children to cover this shortfall in addition to our usual support.

There is also a very informative Q&A with Norlin Chisoro-Transitions officer about how the Home manages the transition to life outside the Home once children reach 18years.

Please consider joining us for our AGM on June 22nd at Droitwich Methodist Church.

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A bit early but…

We are no longer going to be selling Christmas cards. However we do have some stock left. There are 3 designs remaining. Each pack of 10 is £2. ALL the money from the sale of these cards go direct to the Home.

Please contact the Chairman to place an order.

Design 1 – printed on silver relective holographic foil

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

Design 2 – “Christmas Blessings”

Design 3 – “Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year”

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March newsletter

Our March newsletter reveals that the Friends contribute 33% of the Home’s regular income. Your support is vital, thank you so much for continuing to contribute in any way  you can.

A detailed report from the National Director – Rev Mutendzwa reveals disturbing news about the struggles the Home faces.

And we say good bye and our sincere thanks to Mercy-the longest serving House Mother. We wish her well with her next steps.

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December newsletter

Welcome to the last newsletter of the year.

There are two interesting reports from visitors to the Home: Mark Edmonds and Michael Mapako. Thank you for your updates.

We can also confirm that despite challenging times for Zimbabwe our support continues to be channelled through to the Home as US dollars and remains therefore of significant value to the Home.

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September Newsletter

This 2018 Sept newsletter reports on a number of fundraising events that have taken place including: the Matthew Rusike Big Sunday fundraiser at the Home in June raising £3,748, the Mongol Car and a triathlon. Congratulations and a huge thank you to all those working so hard to fundraise for the Home.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Paddy Coles who is stepping down as Treasurer after a whopping 15 years in the post. He was instrumental in managing our journey in becoming a registered charity back in 2007. he is greatly missed and we wish him well.

And reassuring news that the Home was unaffected by the troubles during the elections.

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New Gift Aid form

There is a new Gift aid form available. If you are able to gift aid any of your contributions to the Friends of Matthew Rusike please consider doing so. It makes a huge difference to our funds each year and the money goes straight to the Home.

Thank you.

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June Newsletter

The newsletter for June 2018 has now arrived with news of how recent funds for the clinic are being spent.

There is also exciting news of a new fundraising adventure to be undertaken by David Graaff and Wayne Cooper. With your help they raised a staggering £4,000 with their Mauritania drive previously. This year they are driving a Nissan Micra a quarter of the way around the world to take part in the Mongol Rally and are hoping to raise at least £3,000. Please consider helping them reach this target by visiting Virgin Money Giving.

We can confirm that we have almost completed the required GDPR audit and following this June newsletter we will no longer be posting newsletters to anyone we have not heard back from. We are relieved to be able to say the majority of our members renewed their commitment to the Friends and some made additional donations at this time. Thank you to everyone for spotting our request through the mountain of GDPR enquiries you have probably been receiving over the last few months. Onward.

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