Haven't updated this page for a while. In 2012 we had the Annual Football match this time for Help for Heroes. This was followed by an Abba tribute Night for the same charity which raised £1,200 in total.
This year we will again be supporting Help for Heroes with the Annual Football Match. This will be held on Saturday 27th April at 3pm at the East Thurrock United FC ground. Players and supporters entry fee is £5. See you there come rain or shine.
On Father's Day some of us did the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation and also Cancer Relief. Haven't got the exact figure but the Bike Ride and Freddie concert raised around £1,300. Here are some photos from the day and some of Dennis & Andy in training.
The "Magestic Two"
A fine team
On the Prom
Our Charity Football Match at ETUFC raised £876 for St Luke's Hospice. Well done to all those who turned out to play and support in the freezing cold and wet conditions.
Children in Need 2009. This year's event has been organised by Sam Quinn. There is a sponsored exercise challenge for children taking place at dojo week commencing 16th November.
Here he is.......the person behind all those fiendish exercises. Sam organised this year's Children In Need Fundraiser...and he'll be collecting in all your money so please pass you sponsorship money to him or to your instructor. When we get all the raffle tickets in we will announce the draw and the winners. We will let you know how much all the classes raised as soon as possible. (£715.46)
Members of the Friday Class at Eversley in the following photos
Well done to all who took part. We raised over £700 for St Luke's Hospice without any of the hospital cases from last year - see report below. Once again ref Danny's decision making was spot on throughout the match.
During the week beginning 11th February 2008 Sessen Ryu Children did a sponsored training session to raise money for the New Blue Cross Rehoming Centre at Thirsk in N. Yorkshire. We managed to raise £332 which we have sent off to get our name put on the commemorative plaque of contributors. Well done. Copy of the cheque is on the Eversley Centre Wall
CHARITY DONATION TO THE WILLOW FOUNDATION
As a result of our Christmas Dance and the Seminar conducted by Sensei Terry Wingrove, we have been able to make a donation of £390 to the Willow Foundation which provides special days out for seriously ill young patients and their families. A special thanks to Terry Wingrove who conducted his seminar sharing a lifetimes wealth of martial arts experience free of charge.
We are fortunate to host seminars by Sensei Terry Wingrove. Proceeds from these seminars are sent to Richard House Children's Hospice - thanks to Sensei Terry's Wingrove's generosity in giving up his time.
While we often take part in specific Uk based charity events we are proud to have been sponsoring a young boy Onito in war torn Mozambique through Worldvision for the past 5 years. Regular members of our association will get updates on his welfare. We have also been sponsoring a Kenyan boy Ochieng for the past 10 years. He has now grown to adulthood and has found employment so that he can now provide for his family and no longer needs our support.
The money that goes to these children and their villages allows them to have basics such as clean water, medical care and education. It costs around £18 per month.
Many people give blood regularly but did you know that by joining the Anthony Nolan register you can help people with leukaemia by donating bone marrow, or by a process of donating stem cells which is similar to a regular blood donation. For further details or to put your name on the register check out the Anthony Nolan Trust website.
"After seeing an appeal on TV, I put my name on the register about 2 or 3 years ago. I was aged 39 at the time. After around 18 months I was contacted to say I was a possible match for somebody and had to go to my local hospital for a blood test. About 6 months later I was informed that I was an almost definite match and could they have another blood test. As I was found to be a perfect match I had a choice of either giving bone marrow, or the much simpler affair of donating stem cells. I opted for the latter.
A district nurse was sent to my house and place of work to give me injections on 3 consecutive days. On day 4 I had to go to the Royal Free London hospital to asses the effect of the injections and return again on day 5 to start the process of harvesting white cells. It just meant being attached to a machine for 4 hours during which time you get spoilt rotten by very nice nurses. As I'm only little I had to go up again on day 6 so they could take a few more as it was supposed to be for an anonymous but normal sized bloke. It was a little bit of a chore going up and down to London but if I'd wanted they would have paid for me to stay in a nice hotel. While you are at the hospital you are donating cells in a ward shared by people going in to have their Chemo therapy so it gives you a good sense of perspective on what you are doing and the difference it can make to lives of others.
As an Anthony Nolan donor you are treated with great kindness and respect by all the hospital staff and the Anthony Nolan workers. I would recommend that anyone under or around 40 years of age put their name on the register. You will get an immense sense of self worth and pleasure to know that for a slight inconvenience on your part you have provided a family with real hope - and often the only last hope- of saving a loved ones life. The first step is just to put your name on the register". ...........Jill O'Connor PS. I dont think I've got any adverse side effects but you'd probably have to check that out with Albie