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Glorious Garden Events

August (despite the less than great weather) gave members the opportunity to support a number of weekend social events in the wonderful location of Club Membership Officer Jane’s beautiful garden in the Cathedral Close. The first two were Silver Salisbury-branded events led by self-styled ‘Friend of the Club’ and Older People’s Champion, Irene. She and Jane reached out specifically to the ‘international’ community here in Salisbury, translating the poster and online adverts into different languages and visiting speciality shops. Members were delighted that there was a warm response from those from different parts of the world who have chosen to make Salisbury their home. It made for some really international-themed events and the Club hopes helped let everyone know that they are very welcome here in our city!

Garden party group

The events culminated on Saturday 28 August in a fundraiser for EdUKaid, the small local charity working in Tanzania and run by IPP Teresa, which the Club supports in a number of ways each year. Many Club members as well as EdUKaid trustees and supporters helped to raise an amazing £2,500 on the day. These funds will support EdUKaid’s new Inclusion Project which, 3 months ago, looked like it would not go ahead due to UK Overseas Aid cuts.  This money will give an additional 500 adolescent girls and 40 disabled children the chance of a better future.

Guests were able to buy a range of Tanzanian goods including beautiful, handcrafted bags made EdUKaid’s Women’s Cooperative, paintings by artist Freddy Chrispal Mmole and carved wooden items made by villagers in EdUKaid’s base Mikindani.  Swiss sunglasses were also available for a bargain £10 donation.

Club members sold refreshments, books, and puzzles to raise funds for the charity. Local restaurant Pizza Venti donated sweet and savoury pizza which was enjoyed by guests in exchange for a donation to EdUKaid.