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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A Concert for TASTE

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Many thanks to all who attended this event. We raised £731.30 to support water projects in Nigeria.

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..

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.

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Help our lorry reach Nigeria

Help our lorry reach Nigeria

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.