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The latest news from Kenyan Educational Support (KES)
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Students at Bahati Division Academy
As the festive season approaches, it really seems as though this year has flown. Here's a recap of what's been happening since we were last in touch:

·       Dovedale Dipper, success
·       Easy fundraising this Christmas
·       Rotary District Conference

Dovedale Dipper, team success and two new scholarships


They did it! Trustees, John, Sam and Steph completed the 26 mile trek in gorgeous weather and amongst great numbers. The route took in some of the most challenging parts of the White Peak but they survived, although there were quite some serious blisters!
 

Matlock Rotary President Jonathan Short decided that the proceeds of this year’s Dovedale Dipper should be donated to KES. The Dovedale Dipper includes a 26 and 15 mile circular challenge walk out of Hartington which takes place on the first Sunday in August every year.

Chair of Trustees John Pearce and fellow Trustees Steph Janes and Sam Pearce donned their boots to tramp the 26 mile course as did Rich Rooke – Trustee Hannah’s other half. Between them they raised over £1,000. With the £3,000 profit on the event and a further £1,000 by way of Rotary District Grant, we’ve raised just over £5,000 form the event.

This will enable KES to select two more scholars for the secondary school entry in January and see them through as Boarders for their 4 years of secondary education. The selection process is already underway.
The turn out on the day was fantastic and the event was run extremely well by the Rotary Club of Matlock. 


Here's the winning female veteran Claire Howard, who completed in an impressive 4 hrs 40 mins. Also pictured is Jonathan Short, President of the Rotary Club of Matlock and our very own Hannah.

Many thanks for all who helped on the day, members of Matlock Rotary and of course those who sponsored our intrepid walkers.

You can find more information about all the winners at the Rotary Club of Matlock’s event pages.
 
 
Easy fundraising and Christmas

As you're doing your online shopping for Christmas, you can help boost our funds and it doesn;t cost you a penny extra. By signing up at www.easyfundraising.org.uk and selecting to support Kenyan Educational Support, we can get money back from 100s of retailers. It doesn't cost you any more, but we get a little extra and we all know that every little helps.

£700 raised in 12 months through easyfundraising
Can you believe it  - it's just 12 months since Gill Ormerod suggested we register with easyfundraising and since then 28 of you/us have registered to make online purchases via www.easyfundraising.org.uk

We're just about to top £700 received by KES for the purchases made and a big thank you to you all for your help in getting this far – it truly is easy fundraising.
We receive quarterly cheques, which greatly helps the cashflow and enables KES to do those little extras for the students.

Particular thanks to Gill, who leads the table with just over £300 raised and to Bethan J at £112. Then comes Sue Watson on £88 and Nicky on £80. These are our four top stars though I am afraid I am trailing in 8th place just behind 'anonymous’!

If we could each persuade one more person to join? – that should not be too hard and would double our online supporters in the run up to Christmas – hope you may be able to do so and make a big difference this Christmas!

Simon
Rotary District Conference

As many of you will know Rotary has been a great supporter of KES. In particular, founding trustee Simon was asked to give a speech at the Rotary District Conference in September at Llandudno – this was the chance to address the key men and women in the 50-60 Rotary clubs in the East Midlands.

Given a good pre-lunch spot Simon was able to tell the story of Joseph and the success of the Bahati Division Academy and afterwards received lots of interest. So far he has 2 invitations to speak at other Rotary clubs – and is hoping for more in the coming weeks. A member of his own club was so moved by the story to agree to sponsor a scholar herself - as from January and so from January (the start of the Kenyan school year) we shall be sponsoring 53 scholars in Kenya.



And finally, Season's Greetings and here's to an even better 2015 for KES. Thank you so much for your continued support and keep up the good work!
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