On the 4th of June we held an Art sale including pieces from a local artist, John Scarland, and traditional African artists. Thanks to the generosity of the community we managed to raise an awesome £1370!
Below is a selection of the wonderful art that was on sale!
After some very tricky administration problems, as of today Champion Chanzige is a registered charity in Tanzania. This is an exciting move forward and will hopefully create some fabulous funding opportunities! Thank you our Tanzanian friends for your hard work!
In February we hosted one of our now traditional Quiz Night Fundraisers
We managed to raise an amazing £1,775.00 plus one AK47 five pound note that apparently is worth more than £5!!
A big thank you so much Richard, Caroline, Helen, Will, Rosie, Bruce, Mathilde,Cecilia and Elaine, it would have been an impossible task without your help.
On October 16th Caroline and Phil set off to Tanzania. The flight was uneventful, apart from the cost of three gin and tonics at our stop over in Istanbul, £39!!
We were met by George and Madadia at 3am at Dar es Salaam airport, the early hour did not dampen any of our spirits, only made us all the more excited to be there..
The most important thing to check out, first thing the next morning was the newly renovated community center. The Judy James Community Center. It is conspicuous by its beautifully plastered walls and it's doors and windows. It is better than we could have ever hoped for and as an added bonus we could not go inside as it was being used by 'Feed the Children' for a training event. This is exactly the sort activity we hoped to promote.
Getting into the classrooms is the thing we enjoyed most, as always the children were excited to see us and the welcome we received was colourful and tuneful!
On the afternoon of our first day we were treated to a celebratory lunch. The lunch was in honor of the fact that Champion Chanzige has now taken the neighboring school under its wing. This doubles the amount of children that CC hope to make a difference to.
Working with another charity 'Legs for Africa' we are working towards getting one of the teachers at Chanzige a prosthetic leg. John lost his leg as a result of a long battle with an infection. A prosthetic would change his life. This involved a trip to a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Those of you that think we have a problem in the UK with our amazing free NHS please think again, we really are tremendously lucky. The ball has started rolling and we hope that lovely John will have a new leg in a few weeks!
A highlight of our visit was the two days that sixth form students from Imberhorne secondary school were invited into the school.
Polydron, a UK based, educational resource supplier had donated over £500 worth of their fabulous maths equipment.
The Imberhorne students were tasked with planning and delivering lessons, across the school, from Standard 1 to Standard 7. In some classes there were over 70 children!
This did not phase the students at all and they worked together to deliver interesting and creative lessons. Click on the pictures on the left to see the full slide show.
Whilst at Chanzige this year we introduced a new project for the girls only. We took resources with us that enabled us to show the girls how to make their own, washable sanitary towels. Currently the girls have no access to any sanitary protection and spend up to a week each month at home whilst they have their period. It was very humbling to see the enthusiasm and excitement that was created by this project.
Looking ahead, we have plans to renovate an unused classroom and turn it into a library. The children want to create a garden for growing vegetables and a tree nursery and within the next few weeks we have arranged for some artists to visit the school and complete an art project with the children.
We are already thinking about our visit next year, we will be travelling out in September and spending approximately ten days away. If you fancy an adventure, an experience you would never get from any travel company and you want to see what we have achieved first hand please get in touch ASAP to be considered for the September trip.
What a fabulous weekend we had. The weather was so kind and everyone was in the mood to have a wonderful time and to be generous with their donations. The final figure raised was £1,876.58. We could not be more pleased. Thank you Bodiam Boating Station for hosting such a great event. Click at the side of each pic to move it on!
When we decided to renovate the community centre it was the biggest project we had taken on thus far. The difference, a usable facility within this community could make, was obvious. The task of raising £12,000 to complete the job was quite daunting but your generosity has left us speechless. The pictures speak for themselves. Thank you!
The entire Kolter family, Annabel, Giles, Lucy and Grace undertook a mammoth family challenge in aid of Champion Chanzige. Annabel ran the Brighton marathon whilst her husband and children undertook an incredible swimathon. Between them all they managed to raise over £1000 for Champion Chanzige. We are so grateful, such a huge amount of money will make such a difference. Thank you all so much for the gargantuan effort that you all put in.
Thank you so much Hidden Tiger books for your fantastic fundraising efforts. The charity publication of Avergerworld, Two Against the Underworld, Requiem for Sherlock, was published in March. All the contributors to the book agreed that it should be a charity publication and chose Champion Chanzige as their charity. The book has raised over £600 and has enabled us to buy and install a rainwater harvesting system to the newly renovated community centre. Thank you so much Avengers fans. http://www.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/
The lovely Kolter family are supporting Champion Chanzige with their amazing challenge. Please click on the picture to read the write up in the local paper.
Champion Chanzige could not be more delighted to announce that they are the beneficiaries of the book Avengerworld-The Avengers in our Lives, edited by Alan Hayes. This is a charity publication with all proceeds going to our charity. So exciting! Come on Avengers fans, order your copy by clicking on the picture below.
The recent fundraising quiz night raised a staggering £1351.00. We are so close to our target that the work can begin on the community center! Thank you so much to everyone that attended and to those that helped. What a fabulous evening!
As another year passes us by and a new one begins the children of Chanzige Primary School would like to thank each and every person that made any sort of contribution to the fund raising efforts of CC.
Having returned from Tanzania with a newly energized enthusiasm, trustees Holly Cadogan and Caroline Simons and Carolines lovely daughter Stephanie set about making Christmas Candles. The candles have been a great success, making approximately £2500 for the charity. They are fun to make and have the most wonderful scent, they make a great gift and compared to some designer candles are a fraction of the cost at only £5 each. If you would like to know more about our candles please email us, we are happy to post them out.
At the end of October a group of twelve individuals set off to visit Chanzige Primary School. The group was made up of charity trustees, school teachers, learning support assistants and a few other interested and willing volunteers.
The individuals were hosted by local families and spent most of the trip helping to renovate a couple of classrooms or working with the pupils to produce a film to raise awareness in the UK.
This was a " first" for Champion Chanzige and although the trip did present a few challenges, lessons were learnt and a great deal of fun was had by everyone involved.
Well what a fantastic night we had at the ladies bingo yesterday evening! Richard and Simon did a fantastic job calling the numbers and Ricky & Scott sold plenty of wine to get the ladies riled up and ready for a fun night!!
The bingo tickets, raffle and sales at the bar along with an unexpected auction for a boiler service combined made for a brilliant result of £1000 raised for the charity community centre.
Thank you so much to Kelly & Helen for organising the night, and to all the lovely ladies who attended and donated to make it a success!
We look forward to the next.
Tonight is the Ladies Charity Bingo night at Turners Hill Primary School from 7pm. Tickets are £10 per person which includes bingo games, a pen, cheese and biscuits and a free drink. 100% of the profits are being donated to the charity to help build the much needed community centre!
To book your tickets please call the school direct on 01342 715412 or you can pay on the door but would be an idea to let us know your attending.
We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your continued support.
We are delighted to announce that Emma Harding and Elodie Ansell are to be Champion Chanzige Junior Trustees. Anyone who has attended one of our fundraisers will recognise these two and know that their raffle ticket selling skills are to be applauded!!
Emma and Elodie will be continuing in their grandmothers footsteps by supporting Champion Chanzige. Their beautiful grandmother was our friend and trustee Judy James.
We hope the girls will offer a " younger" perspective on fundraising and will communicate with the Champion Chanzige Junior Committee in Tanzania.
They are happy, intelligent young people who will bring a lot to this small charity.