A great turn out of members of this thriving WI in the beautiful Writtle village, together with a wonderful warm welcome made a lovely evening as Lin returned to Writtle where she taught horticulture for 20 years. Thanks to the ladies for such a supportive response to Lins presentation on the work of the charity and for the fantastic interest in supporting children in Gorkha through the School Sponsorship programme. £150 was raised on the night from speaker fees, plant sales and donations.Thanks to everyone who helped organise and who attended and supported GDS
GDS Quiz organisers, Zoe, Lin, quizmaster Olivia, Naomi and Jan. Thanks too of course to Geeta and Amir for making 300 delicious momos, we loved them.Our third Quiz Night in Writtle, Chelmsford was a great success so thanks to everyone who came to support this fundraising event and Alans team – winners for third year!
Olivia was once again the quiz master doing an excellent job with questions from Mark, Naomi and Zoe sorted out the marking, Jan sold her range of excellent home made cakes, Geeta and Amir had made the absolutely delicious momos which were enjoyed by all, and Lin did a presentation with update on the fundraising and more importantly, what a difference the funds have made to the Gorkha community supported.
For many years Lin has made fresh foliage Christmas wreaths which have been sold through Jacky Wrights art classes in Hanningfield. This year the group has raised nearly £300 (which will be £350 with Gift Aid) and this will be used to fund Womens Health awareness for rural women of Gorkha in the New Year which we will report later.
Thank you to everyone for their support this year and happy to see that the fresh foliage wreaths found many uses and some fabulous art.
Linda Blunt presented her talk on Nepal plants, people and running a Charity to a lovely audience of 40 ladies to give an insight into Nepal and then the work of GDS.
With explanation of how funds can help children study, the group bought plants and gave generous donations which, together with speaker fees meant that enough was raised on the night to see one of the girls through two years of A level equivalent study ( £60 per year), plus enough to sponsor one other child of 8-16 for £30 per year.
Many thanks to Sue Stevens for organising the talk and to all the ladies for their support.
If you are in a social group in the Essex area and would be interested in having a speaker talking about Nepal and the charity then do contact us