TWO major fundraising events will be held for the benefit of HEAL later this year as the charity enters perhaps the most exciting time in its 21-year history.
Every penny raised will go directly to support HEAL’s biggest ever project, Paradise Village, which will become home to as many as 1,000 disadvantaged and orphaned children in Andhra Pradesh.
Construction Work on the first phase of the Paradise project has been stepped up with a view to the new school building being ready for its first intake of children in the coming months.
Not only will the village become home to many hundreds of severely under-privileged children – saving them from a life of poverty, ill health and deprivation – but also a focal point for the local community in Thotapalli, near Vijayawada.
HEAL UK will once again hold their popular India Night at The Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday, October 26 (7pm-midnight), when guests will hear details of the latest progress being made in Thotapalli.
As ever, the event will be a delightful mix of authentic Indian food, music and entertainment, with all proceeds going towards the construction of HEAL Paradise. Tickets £20 (£15 for under-16s) – for enquiries please call Helen Rome on 07863 178679 and to learn more about Paradise Village visit: www.healparadise.org.
One month later, HEAL supporter Paul Harris has organised another event at Whittlesey Manor Leisure Centre, near Peterborough, on November 29 (7pm), when international motivational speaker Rosie Swale-Pope MBE will be guest speaker.
Rosie is a best-selling author, documentary-maker, adventurer and marathon runner, who successfully completed a five-year around-the-world run as well as sailing single-handed across the Atlantic in a small boat and trekking 3,000 miles alone through Chile on horseback. In her talks, she shares stories about her extraordinary adventures and voyages and the life lessons she has learnt from them.
Police officer Paul has been putting a lot of energy into making his event a night to remember, just as he did in completing a recent ultra-endurance race which raised more than £900 for HEAL.
“Being a great fan of adventurers, I often wondered if these people were born with engines for hearts, and bones made of steel,” says Paul.
“However, my own personal journey has shown me that mental focus and never-give-up attitude, combined with preparation and planning, is what can make anyone achieve their goals. I have created a website (www.movement-is-life.org) to promote my fundraising efforts for HEAL, whilst hopefully inspiring others to do something crazy or off the wall for the benefit of others!
“We have a big night planned on November 29 and I hope individuals and businesses will support it, possibly as an alternative Christmas party or just as a great reason for friends and family to gather and celebrate!”
Tickets for Paul’s HEAL charity dinner night are priced at £35 (£325 for a table of 10), to include a three-course meal, live music from the Fortissimo Swing Band, guest speaker Rosie Swale-Pope and an auction and raffle overseen by Laurence Seaton of Buttercross Auctions in Peterborough. There will also be a gallery room in which three talented local artists will display their work, which will be available to enjoy and purchase on the night.
Some artwork will also be up for auction, along with other exciting items, including a two-week stay in a Gran Canaria apartment, a falconry adventure day, a Virgin balloon flight and signed motor racing memorabilia. Raffle prizes include a factory tour at Lotus Cars’ Hethel headquarters and a day at Newmarket races.
In January 2014, to coincide with HEAL’s bi-annual fundraiser Cycle India – which brings 30 cyclists together from across the globe for a bike ride from Mumbai to Goa – Paul will be heading to India to get an insight into HEAL’s work for under-privileged children and see for himself how the money he raises is put to good use.
Without dedicated supporters like Paul, HEAL would simply be unable to achieve all of its goals in providing shelter, healthcare and education to help transform the lives of hundreds of needy children.
Another of these supporters is nurse Jane Antar, from Waverton in Chester, who recently contacted HEAL to say she had asked guests at her 50th birthday party to donate towards the charity’s work, rather than bring a gift.
“Some of this was given to me in cash, some in cheques and some guests donated directly via the HEAL website and the total collected was £405,” said Jane. “I was delighted and touched by their generosity and I hope it inspires others to make donations.
“I chose HEAL because I wanted to give to an organisation that would direct all the money raised straight to their projects. Initially, my children and I sponsored a child.
“I worked, many years ago, as a nurse with another charity in the Middle East and have seen some of the problems people experience in other societies and these memories make me realise how fortunate I am to live where I do.”
HEAL UK’s volunteer sponsorship secretary Steve Sargent hopes others will follow the examples set by kind-hearted people like Paul and Jane. “Using a 50th birthday party to raise money for HEAL really is a most generous gesture and the money will go a long way in India to help the most deprived children,” he said.
“We are always looking for ways to inspire others to make donations in new ways, and we are always happy to share news of these kind donations with our supporters.”