Fundraising for our two charities
From a Dragon Boat Race which kicked off proceedings on September 15, to the Folkestone Half-Marathon on September 30, 2012's fundraising fortnight featured a whole host of fun activities which raised money for the Saga Respite for Carers Trust and the Saga Charitable Trust.
And it's not just the staff who went that extra mile. Cruisegoers aboard our ships did their bit out on the high seas and even the children and toddlers from the Saga Crèche helped to raise money.
Funds raised for the Saga Charitable Trust went towards the following projects...
The Haller Foundation, Kenya
We’d already seen the positive impact on local communities by funding a well and dam, so being able to fund a further two dams for the drought hit community in the Kashani area of Mombasa was very rewarding. Rainwater is precious and when its collected local farmers have a chance of better crops, providing not just valuable food but a source of income to help communities become more self-sufficient.
Mukuni Chiefdom, Zambia
We'd been supporting projects in Mukuni since 2007 including a two-year malaria prevention programme. Malaria is the biggest killer in children under five in Zambia but households only have access to one mosquito net even though three are recommended to protect a whole fanily. Nets cost less than £5.00 so money raised from Fundraising Fortnight was used to buy 2,750 more nets that helped to significantly reduce the malaria risk to adults and children.
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Clinic, Nepal
The Community Medical Assistant at the Tharu Lodge clinic in Nepal is, quite literally, a life saver for villagers who couldn’t otherwise afford medical treatment for snakebites, rhino and bear wounds, harvesting injuries and winter illness. Money raised from Fundraising Fortnight was used to replace the old clinic built of elephant grass, cow dung, wood and mud with a more robust cinder block construction, for the benefit of the entire village.
Berber Education Programme, Morocco
Over half the population of Morocco are Berber, most of whom live in the mountains where very little Arabic is spoken. Although Berber (Amazigh) and Arabic are both official languages in Morocco, all government schools are taught in Arabic, so Berber children, especially girls, are disadvantaged from the start and often don't complete their education so the cycle of illiteracy and poverty continues.
We were able to use funds raised to establish a learning centre in the village of Agounsane that prepares young Berber children for primary school by teaching them Arabic. The centre has also helped to improve literacy rates among women, support school children with homework and provide a library with books and computers.