Suzy at 40

As of today, 1st May, the Suzy Fund has collected £803,108.48 and distributed over £800,000. Over the last 16 months we have sent a total of £46,700 to charities working in areas of war, famine and poverty: Medecins Sans Frontieres (Africa, Syria & Gaza) £11,000 Ethiopiad £7,400 Cafod (Africa -Ebola, Syria) £5,000 Oxfam (South Sudan - water) £5,000 Mary’s Meals (Africa) £4,000 Save the Children (Africa) £3,000 Maria Regina Convent (Peru) £2,400 Tariro (Supporting orphaned children in Zimbabwe) £2,000 Sister Rose Carmel (Romanian orphanages) £2,000 Taize Operation Hope (Central Africa) £1,000 Ehdi Foundation (Orphanages & medical centres Pakistan) £1,000 Hope & Homes for Children (Africa & Eastern Europe) £1,000 Concern Worldwide (Africa) £800 Zikoma Trust (Malawi - schools) £600 Bukit Harapan (Borneo - orphanage) £500 We thought it would be appropriate to celebrate Suzy’s Ruby Anniversary. To this end, we are hosting a Simple Soup Supper for Suzy in St Peter & Paul’s Parish Centre on Friday 22nd May. We have invited the priests who have been at the parish over the last forty years and representatives of some of the charities that the Suzy Fund has supported, to tell us how Suzy has helped. Tickets are priced at £2, just to cover the cost of the soup, but we will, of course, be taking a Suzy collection on the night If anyone would like to come, just drop me an email at: PHaley@talktalk.net....

A visit to Addis Ababba

I had been in Ethiopia as part of the British Universities Kayaking Expedition. Unfortunately my time out there was cut short due to a dislocated shoulder. Whilst I was there I managed to get to the feeding stations the Suzy Trust raises money for. My Mum had gone to the Art sale at Seahouses and learned about the Suzy Trust. Once back in Addis I left to try and locate one of the feeding stations, in retrospect I could have made my life easier by simply asking one of the children on the street where I could find them, as they all know. However it would have meant missing out on experiencing the east side of Addis and finding out about the Hope International School. Hope International is the charity that runs the feeding stations as well as a school and university. The School is situated on the ‘other’ side of town, in the east where the slum area is, with the aim of being close to those who need it most. Representatives from Hope go out into the slums to find their new students. Once a student they are given breakfast and lunch, an education, stationery, a uniform and their families are given a small allowance. Despite it being the middle of the summer holidays the school was teaming with life, the children come to use the library and play with their friends in a safe environment. The food for the feeding stations is also prepared up in the school kitchens. The main diet of Ethiopians is Ingera (a soured fermented pancake) and some kind of spicey sauce, mainly...

We did it!

Our founder Brian celebrated his 80 birthday in September and he was delighted to announce that his special day coincided with The Suzy Fund reaching the wonderful total of £750,000. Well done Brian and all of our wonderful supporters. Brian is now handing over some of the reins to Paul and Monica Haley from St Peter and Paul parish, although he will still play a very active part in The Suzy...

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