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Stephie Butler

Stephie Butler's Goal for The Gambia

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I can't thank everyone enough for the generosity in helping to raise money on my last fundraiser. All your donations went towards buying the batteries to get the solar up and running in the Somita clinic. It was such a fantastic achievement and I felt so proud that we all helped get it there, so a big thank you to you all. The winners video is on my website [url=http://stephiebutlerstudio.wixsite.com/stephiebutler/charityfundraing]HERE[/url][/p][p][i]*Amongst all the emotions we felt throughout that day, one of the things that struck, was the transparency of how this charity is run and being able to see that for ourselves first hand. 100% of every donation goes where it is supposed to.*[/i][/p][p]There is so much that needs doing urgently, it's hard to choose what to aim for next. I will be visiting again shortly and will see for myself what needs doing and try and decide on the next project. [/p][p][img]https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/resources/fundraiser-images/3af62760-cfce-4b55-ac57-a7fb824f85c1.jpeg" style="font-size: 19.008px;[/img][/p][p][img][/img][/p][p]They are building a Nursery school at their project at Kitty School and it will need tiling. At Tanji School they need to repair all the classroom floors and hopefully tile there too. They also badly need desks and chairs along with the money to ship them over. When I come back I will update which project we are aiming to help first. [/p][p]Meanwhile every donation is very much appreciated, no matter how little it may seem to you, it goes a long way in The Gambia. [/p][p][u]How it all began. [/u][/p][p]Back in 2015 I went The gambia for a holiday where we visited a local school and a family compound amongst other places. The people and especially the children of this country stole my heart. I still get emotional on each visit, as I see children run out to wave as we drive past, see them playing with simple things found lying around, old tyres, buckets to name a few, perhaps a water bottle if they are lucky to get hold of one, they have little or in many cases, no toys, yet still they smile.[/p][p]I quickly learned that they are so many children that don't go to school, mostly due to having no money to pay the fees. From that moment I decided I wanted to sponsor a child, I wanted to help make a difference to someones life. I had heard of people doing this in many countries and started to look into the cost of it. [/p][p][img][/img][/p][p]When I returned home I spent a long time researching for the right Charity and all my searches came back to one charity, Goal for The Gambia. We got in touch with Sandy who on our next visit took us out for the day to show us the work they do.[/p][p]Amongst all the emotions we felt throughout that day, one of the things that struck, was the transparency of how this charity is run and being able to see that for ourselves first hand. 100% of every donation goes where it is supposed to. They do not fundraise for administration costs, instead relying on Gift Aid to fund these essential overheads. You can read more about them and the work they do by visiting their website www.goalforthegambia.co.uk [/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

31 Aug 2018

Charity

GOAL for The Gambia

GOAL for The Gambia

Supporters

21-Feb-2018

Kempy

Stephie and Dave

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

21-Feb-2018

Yvonne

Yvonne K

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

21-Feb-2018

Pat

Pat R

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid