My huge congratulations and sincere thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with this year’s wrist-banding and programme selling at Shambala festival. Your support ensured that thousands of festival goers made it on to the site with a big smile on their faces – and a colourful band on their wrists!
You have also helped continue the six year legacy of support that Shambala director Jon Walsh has extended to this charity. Connections like these not only bring additional funds, they also share the Bansang story with diverse new audiences that we would never otherwise reach.
Here’s to there being many more years of Shambala Festival
Anita Smith MBE
Founder & Director, Bansang Hospital Appeal
We are pleased to pass on the following update from our friends at the ‘Association Aide pour L’Hopital Bansang Gambie’;
2014 proved to be a really successful year for fund raising in the heart of the Dordogne. We actually made an amazing 8865€.
We are a very small band of committee members, but we have some brilliant supporters. We raised the money by holding an annual plant sale in May, along with Vide Greniers (car boots), coffee mornings, a race night and the annual Marche de Noel (Christmas Market) In Abjat Sur Bandiat. We completed the year with a carol singing evening in our local restaurant, the Sense de la Terre in Piegut; capped with the usual seasonal cheer of mince pies and punch!
A huge thank you goes to all those who contributed and supported us. We couldn’t have done it without you.
On behalf of everyone in Bansang, thank you for making such a wonderful contribution. Donations of this magnitude really do make an enormous difference
We hope 2015 proves to be an equally successful year.
Many thanks to Jeff and Jan at www.admiraldesignandprint.co.uk. They very generously gave us free design and cost price printing on our new business cards and pamphlets. So if you have a fundraiser coming up, or know of someone that may be interested in supporting us, please feel free to pop by and collect some pamphlets.
As you may also have noticed, we have a new way to donate to the appeal. If you are in the UK, simply text the code ‘BANS14‘ followed by your donation amount (£1/£2/£5 or £10) to 70070. (eg BANS14 £10). This service is completely free, and is run by the Vodafone Foundation. 100% of your donation goes to the BHA.
You can also donate via our usual means by clicking on the Virgin Money Giving donate button below;
Event: Men’s Health, Survival of the Fittest (http://www.mhsurvival.co.uk/)
Date: October 12, 2013, 9:30am
My son Laurence and his good friends – Mark, Fernely, Tom & Umar – have all chosen to sign up for a last minute place in the Survival of the Fittest challenge in Nottingham this weekend (many thanks to Umar for sorting the four of them with places!). This is a 12km obstacle course that includes hauling themselves through a pool of ice, slithering under cargo netting in a muddy pond, swimming across a river , and clambering over all manner of other obstacles. Aside from Umar (and possibly Fernely) they are pretty much completely unprepared by the sounds of it (they are filling in for some other guys that dropped out of Umar’s original team), and have only been signed up for 6 days!
Although it is very last minute, they have nevertheless resolved to raise money for Bansang. Hopefully they’ll be able to reach their target in the coming days – and whatever the case, running for a good cause will no doubt given them a kick up the backside when they are shivering their way across a pool full of ice! They have set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving (our preferred donation platform), and would be extremely grateful for any donations that they receive.
If you would like to make a small donation, you can do so by clicking on the following Virgin Money Giving donation link;
We recently discovered a rather nice feature on Ebay UK – all sellers now have the option to give a proportion of their sales total to a charity of their choice. As we are now fully registered ourselves, should you wish to help us via Ebay for Charity, you can choose to do so with just a few clicks.
To get started, simply create a new listing;
Then scroll down the page to the payment options area, where you’ll see the charity option;
As my son Laurence has discovered, giving a proportion of an Ebay sale to charity is actually very beneficial all round. Should you choose to donate in this way;
This seems like a really positive development, and one which we hope may be of interest to some of our lovely supporters out there. If you would like to know more about donating to the appeal via Ebay, please feel free to contact me. Also, if you have any thoughts about this fundraising avenue, or have any other suggestions besides, please feel free to leave a comment below.
In just 17 days time, Dennis Robinson will be leading yet another team of courageous scooter riders through some of Africa’s most beautiful and challenging environments. They will traverse 7 countries, 1 minefield, 1 war zone and the Sahara desert – going through all this hardship in order to deliver their trusty Honda C90 scooters to Bansang Hospital.
For those that haven’t heard about the Scooters in the Sahara project, Dennis has been taking teams across the Sahara for a number of years now. The pizza delivery scooters that they have donated have become an absolutely indispensable part of healthcare delivery in Bansang. They have allowed us to reach communities that would otherwise remain inaccessible – giving us the scope to deliver vital healthcare education and vaccination programs that have saved countless lives.
The scooters are also used for a myriad of other vital things that would otherwise necessitate the use of the hospital’s costly 4×4 vehicles. In short, these scooters are fantastic – and we are forever grateful for Dennis and his teams for taking on this challenge each year!
How you can help:
Over the years, the various scooter teams have set off from Britain with adventure in mind, and come back with Bansang Hospital in mind. It has been quite a profound journey for many of the riders; the impact Bansang has had on their collective psyche is exemplified by the additional projects they have sponsored.
The hospital’s perimeter wall was entirely funded by one scooter team. The 4 oxen that are used to till the hospital’s community farming land were entirely funded by another. These projects have helped the hospital staff cultivate 100 hectares of land given to them by a local village chief. Now in its third year, the hospital’s ‘Charitable Farming Association’ has helped deliver huge amounts of food to the hospital; providing healthy and nutritious food to the patients (and in so doing, saving countless thousands of pounds that would otherwise have been spent on sacks of food)
The current scooter team would like to build on these successes in a big way. They would like to buy a tractor and trailer for the farming project. This will vastly increase the amount of crops that can be sewn and harvested, and in good years, give the hospital a crop surplus that can be sold in order to fund patient care. This is a wonderful project, and a real virtuous self-sustaining development circle. If you are as enthused about it as the scoots team, please make a donation at the link below;
You can learn more about the Scooters in the Sahara project by visiting their website; www.scootersinthesahara.co.uk
Dennis will also be updating his blog whilst he is on the road. You can follow the updates here; www.theoldgrumpy.blogspot.co.uk
For the third consecutive year, team leader Tors Burke, my daughter Alexia, son Grant and 17 willing and wonderful volunteers helped usher in 10,000 Shambala revellers to the festival site at Kelmarsh Hall. They worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk, strapping wristbands on to the eclectic and colourful mix of revellers, and then selling programs too!
Thanks to the teams sterling efforts, the Shambala Festival organisers have been able to donate a magnificent £800 to the BHA; money that will go directly into extending and upgrading staff accommodation. These renovations form part of our overall staff retention and motivation strategy – an ongoing effort that is helping Bansang Hospital retain 98% of its staff year over year. This success – as far as we know – is unparalleled in Sub-Saharan Africa! The quote below hopefully offers an insight into just how much all these efforts are valued by the staff in Bansang;
We say thank you every day of our lives…I say THANK YOU with the greatest sincerity on behalf of the wonderful staff at the hospital, for your time and commitment in helping us to ensure that our renovation work continues. With comfortable homes comes quality care for the patients.
If you would like to hold a fund raising event to help us with our staff housing renovation program then I would love to support and hear from you.