Our two intrepid adventurers, David Graaff and Wayne Cooper, who have already done two very long road trips raising money for MRCH, set off last week on a new adventure. This time they are going from Lands End to John O’Groats, 2000 miles, in a beautiful 91 year old Ford. On their previous trips they raised several thousands of pounds for the children in Zimbabwe, can they do it again? You can read a bit more and donate here, it’s easy to do.
A note from David:
“We are driving a 1931 Ford Model A Cabriolet. It is an English car, built in Dagenham, but it has spent most of its life in Guernsey. It has been well maintained and partly restored by previous owners, so we have high hopes it will survive the trip.
Introduced to the public in December 1927, the 1928 Model A was an immediate sensation. Some 10 million people viewed the new vehicle in the first week.”
Following our promotion of Amazon Smile – which enables customers to ask Amazon to add a donation as a percentage of their purchase to a charity of their choice – we have had our first confirmation of donations.
Since the Coronavius pandemic began we have seen donations for the Home drop off significantly as the ability to fundraise etc. has been interrupted.
The Home is now in lockdown but the needs of the children still continue. The latest update from the Home is here.
If you are able, please consider using alternative means of donating to help the Home…
If you shop on-line
We have set up FoMRCH as a charity on Amazon. This means if you purchase anything from Amazon you can choose to do so via their Smile link and nominate FoMRCH as a recipient. We then receive a 0.5% donation from Amazon. This is free to us and free to you – you just shop as normal.
Donate via your mobile phone
We have set up the ability for you to make donations via your mobile phone using Donr.
You can make either one off or monthly payments. Donr take a small portion of the donation. You simply say how much you want to donate to support the Home. For example:
Text RUSIKE 3 to 70085 – this will donate £3 to FoMRCH and will cost you £3 plus the charge of a standard rate message.
Text RUSIKE 10 to 70085 – this will donate £10 to FoMRCH and will cost you £10 plus the charge of a standard rate text.
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Home at this very trying time. Stay safe, stay at home.
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.
David and Wayne will be driving an elderly Mercedes Benz the 2,700 miles from London through Morocco and the Western Sahara to the Mauritanian border in West Africa.
The plan is to get sponsorshipfor the journey and to sell the car in the no-man’s land on the Mauritania border. All donations will go direct to FoMRCH, and the value of the vehicle when it sells will be David’s contribution. Wayne will be sharing the driving and navigation (and tent). Thank you and good luck guys.
MRCH supporters Graham and Lynda Jones are raising funds to buy a new generator. They write:
“The electricity supply in Zimbabwe is erratic and MRCH can sometimes go for days without power. That creates real problems. Cooking has to be done on open fires and firewood is getting hard to find. Projects like tomato-growing need water that has to be pumped. Meat can’t be frozen so sometimes goes to waste. Drugs for children with HIV/Aids can’t be kept refrigerated. When the power is off, computers sit useless.
“When we visited MRCH last year, it was clear that a new generator would make a huge difference. The home aims to cover fuel and maintenance, so we’re looking to raise £17,000 for the purchase and installation. If we beat our target, the extra will help towards the running costs.”