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2017 Fun Runs

IMG_0806Raising funds for TASTE via a sponsored Fun Run has become something of an annual event. Despite the humbugs who claim that fun run is an oxymoron, every year hundreds of people turn out in Sheffield and Wrexham to run, walk, stroll, pedal or push (buggies that is) around a 5k course. 5k, or roughly 3 miles to the uninitiated, is typical of the distance walked by women and children in rural Nigeria in their search for clean drinking water. Not for them the luxury of simply turning on a tap.

The dates for this year’s Fun Runs have been confirmed as follows:

North Wales 5k Fun Run at Alyn Waters – Saturday 29 April 2017

Sheffield 5k Fun Run Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park – Saturday 13 May 2017.

Click on the above links for further details and to register online.

The courses are along footpaths and are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. If preferred, participants can run on the grass alongside most of the paths.

Who Participates? The short answer is everyone! We have serious runners who are training for other events; we have family groups who race between themselves; we have parents with buggies; we have dog-walkers. Some run, others stroll.

If we want to help more communities this year, your participation in the event is crucial and raising sponsorship is vital.

 

 

 

 

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London Fundraising Dinner

 

“All Hands to the Pump”: “ordinary people”, “ordinary skills”, “extraordinary impact” Campaign!

dinnerOur Fundraising Dinner at the spectacularly beautiful Stationers’ Hall was attended by 70 guests from London, Dorset, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Kent and Ascot. They were all personal contacts, some existing supporters some new to TASTE.

Guests were welcomed in the Courtroom with drinks and canapes, music provided by Cantuari Quintet. Steve Horton was the MC for the night. The Nigerian and British National Anthems were played followed by thanksgiving for the meal given by Rev Spencer Cunnah (Kensit Evangelical church, London). Our guests then sat down to a lovely 3 course meal by Stationers Hall in house caterers Chester Boyd. During the first course the Quintet again played. After the main course Inua Ellams, a Nigerian Poet recited several of his poems. We then heard a recorded message from our Patron, Dan Walker. Steve gave a presentation – “Our Journey so far” highlighting particularly how God has used “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills”, to make an “extraordinary impact” in TASTE and in needy communities across Nigeria.

We launched our “All Hands to the Pump” Campaign to raise £200,000 over the next 5 years with the aim of looking again to God to continue to use “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills” to make an “extraordinary impact” to raise this colossal amount of money.

We received, by popular request a brief presentation about the history of the Stationers’ Company and Stationers’ Hall from the Clerk of Stationers’ Company, William Alden. The evening finished with the London African Gospel Choir singing a number of songs.

If you missed the evening then you missed a truly magnificent evening, but don’t worry, you can catch our next one – Watch this space!

In the meantime why not join our “All Hands to the Pump”: “ordinary people”, “ordinary skills”, “extraordinary impact” Campaign!

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Running a half marathon for TASTE

 

Peter Akrill_Cardiff World Half MarathonHere’s Peter Akril who completed the IAAF Cardiff World Half Marathon 2016, raising £1081.53 so far for TASTE. He set himself the target of beating his record of 1hr 53mins set when he was 15 years old. Now 30 years later he finished the race in 1hr 35mins only about 35 minutes behind the World Champion Mo Farah. Very Well Done Peter!

It’s still not too late to show your support for Peter via his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Peter-Akrill. You can also read his blog at www.running-h2o.blogspot.co.uk..

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Sheffield Fun Run 2016

 

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Saturday 9th July 2016
Weston Park, Sheffield

TASTE Sheffield Fun Run 2016 saw about 50 intrepid supporters brave the cold, wet morning to complete the 5k circuit to raise an incredible £1,280.

The North Wales Fun Run in April went really well raising £605 so far. Now it was Sheffield’s turn to step up to the starting line.

5km, or roughly 3 miles to the uninitiated, is typical of the distance walked by women and children in rural Nigeria in their search for clean drinking water.  Not for them the luxury of simply turning on a tap.

Who Participated? The short answer is everyone! We had serious runners who are training for other events; we had family groups who race between themselves; we had parents with buggies; we had dog-walkers. Some ran, others strolled.

This sponsored event annually raises enough money to provide a rural community in Nigeria with a borehole that will give clean drinking water throughout the year to every man, woman and child in the village.

You can pay your sponsorship money in cash, by cheque,
or on-line at www.taste.org.uk

cardsThe TASTE Trustees are grateful to God for your support

Please send to TASTE, 15 Hawthorn Road, Sheffield, S6 4LG
Tel: 0114 233 7617, admin@taste.org.uk, www.taste.org.uk, Facebook: TASTE Charity, Twitter:@taste_safewater

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Project Updates in Nigeria

TASTE Drilling Team is currently working at Dalo Memorial High School on the States of Guernsey funded project to provide the 800 strong school community with 4 boreholes and 10 latrines. They have completed the drilling of the boreholes and have successfully carried out the pump testing stage and installation of some of the pumps. They are now gearing up, to the construction of the latrines. The construction works were proceeded by an enthusiastically welcomed but very important Water Sanitation and Hygiene Workshop, delivered by our Community Development Officer.

Drilling Stage 24 Pump Test 1WASH Workshop 15 WASH Workshop 03

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Help our lorry reach Nigeria

Fudge Replacement our tanker is ready to go

We are grateful for the donation of a lorry by Lawsons, a Building Materials Supplier based in and around London; our previous lorry, Fudge, had broken down after ten years of service. Emmanuel Evangelical Church (Baptist) Newport graciously paid for the tank. The vehicle is parked at a farm near Dorking – a mere 50 miles from Tilbury Docks, from where it will carry out its journey to Nigeria.

We still need £4,000 before it can become fully operational in Nigeria for TASTE.

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UK updates – 2015

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These pictures show our CEO Ben Udejiofo at the Nigeria High Commission, where he met
with the Nigerian High Commissioner and his senior staff to tell them about TASTE and to see whether they can help us reach more Nigerian in the UK.

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BeVox Choir festive concert for TASTE

A  joyful night of festive entertainment, inside the beautiful historic surroundings of All Saints, Ecclesall Parish Church, in Sheffield.  BeVox Choir are performing a special fundraising concert for TASTE on Monday 1 December starting at 7:30pm.

This celebration of festive music has a programme ranging from the traditional ‘O Holy Night’ to the modern ‘Let it go’ (from Disney’s Frozen). The concert includes a full programme from the choir, as well as songs from some of their soloists.  There will be some surprises thrown in too, and BeVox promise a night of festive entertainment that will stay with you well into the New Year!

Tickets are £6 on the door

The compere on the night will be TASTE’s Patron, the BBC Sport journalist Dan Walker.

For further details about this concert, and more information about BeVox Choir, please click here: BeVox festive fundraising concert.

Poster for BeVox Choir festive fundraising concert, Monday 1 December 2014

BeVox Choir festive fundraising concert

 

 

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Saltram House Fun Run

Saltram HouseIt’s Saturday 20 September …. welcome to the newest Fun Run on the block !

TASTE supporters in Plymouth are meeting together in the picturesque setting of Saltram House to raise funds for the community in Rahwol Chom.

The difference between Saltram House and the houses in Rahwol Chom could not be bigger!Rahwol Chom

Rahwol Chom is  a poor Rural Community in Central Nigeria which needs a clean water supply as their two existing wells are not sufficient to meet the needs of its population. During the dry season there are long queues as one of the wells always dries up. The problem of long queues is exacerbated by the community being situated close to Plateau State Polytechnic which has a large student population.

This Fun Run is part of the fund-raising activities that will result in the construction of two hand pump operated boreholes which, as well as serving the needs of the local community and supporting local construction businesses, will benefit current students and help attract prospective students.

We really need you to get your friends involved with sponsorship and by far the easiest (and least painful) way is by setting up a Justgiving page.  That way, you just need to e-mail your friends and they can get out their plastic and support you …job done!  And, help to allow you to make the most of the Justgiving resource is here.

But, if you’d prefer the original face:face ask, then we’ve got a downloadable sponsorship form below:

For all the arrangements, click here.

To download a sponsorship form

To register, just complete the form below.

 

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