We are thrilled to announce that our 8th annual Boo Charity Ball smashed all records this year, with a whooping £27,000 raised on the night, with one generous doner pledging £10,000 alone!
The black tie event took place on Saturday 3rd June at AFC Bournemouth, welcoming over 130+ attendees. The night saw live music by BB3, reception drinks, a three-course meal and the charity auction that was so successful this year. We were also delighted that our special guest Elisha Abuonji could join us, all the way from Africa. Elisha was Sarah’s nurse and so has always had a special place in our hearts at Boo. Recently Elisha has joined us on a more formal basis, to help the work of Boo in Kenya, and we are thrilled he was able to join us.
All donations made on the night will be going to two main projects, the Seed of Hope Project and the Kibera Childhood Development Project, both of which are aimed at supporting the education of hundreds of children in Kenya.
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Ruth is a graduate of Nyamache Seed of Hope, whom we are pleased to announce has received a small grant to boost her business after meeting Boo Trustee, Russel Hicks. With this grant she was able to purchase the necessary licence to allow her small business to operate legally, as well as been able to boost her stock by buying new fabrics and materials.
We wish her all the best and hope to meet up with her soon to talk about her progress and growth with Boo’s support!
Delighted to announce that preparations are well underway for the 8th annual BOO Charity Ball, to be held in the Balfour Suite at the AFC Bournemouth stadium on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
The black tie event this year will be focused on supporting two main projects, the Seed of Hope Project and the Kibera Childhood Development Project, both of which are aimed at supporting the education of hundreds of children in Kenya.
The Ball will include reception drinks, a 3 course dinner, a charity auction and live music by BB3. Tickets are priced at £65 per head, with tables of 10 available.
In previous years, the Ball has attracted 150+ attendees and last year raised over £18,000, 100% of which was invested directly into the projects the charity supports.
Russell Hicks, founding trustee of the BOO Charity, has just returned from visiting many of the sites BOO supports in Kenya:
“To see first hand the work being undertaken as a direct result of BOO’s support is overwhelming, knowing that we are really making a difference to hundreds if not thousands of children’s lives. The Ball is a fantastic way for us to say thank you to all our supporters, and to raise funds to continue the brilliant work that is ongoing. I hope many of our supporters can come to the Ball and enjoy what should be a fabulous event”.
To buy tickets, or for any other queries, please contact Lou Squires at email@example.com.
See you there!
The education system in Kenya consists of 3 terms within the academic year, pupils usually break for the holidays in the months of April, August and December. During these holiday periods children are at a higher risk as they are frequently left without parental care. As well as an increased risk of exploitation and abuse, they can easily get involved in dangerous conduct (this is especially true in the Kibera slums and other informal settlements). As a result, the Kimmta management team in partnership with sister organisations try to plan timely activities that will help mentor and empower both children and teenagers. These activities include mentorship workshops and sports, particularly football tournaments.
This year, the activities started on the 8th of April with the mentorship programme, the participants were divided into groups according to their ages and different locations due to the large number of youngsters that turned up for the activity during the registration process.
The division of groups consisted of boys and girls from under 12 years of age to under 23 years of age in different venues and 40 mentors who were organising the conducting sessions on the following topics: tobacco use, physical activities, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and sexual behaviour.
The activities were created for young people between the ages of 10 to 24 and in this occasion the number of participants made a grand total of 368 girls and an astonishing 1050 boys.
“We are really overwhelmed by the number of youths who have turned up for the activities. It is very positive.” – said one of the football tournament coaches.
The football tournament started on 10th April having boys and girls participate in the games. The teams were sub divided into categories during the matches with each team having 15 players. A fee was requested for the teams to register as to avoid overcrowding and to help cater for general expenses.
We are really happy at Boo with the high number of participants, the increasing number of girls getting involved and the success of the activities.
Photo: Jo West, Director at Rubicon Recruitment Group; Jeremy Gill, Boo Charity & Emma Rhodes, Financial Controller at Norco Holdings Ltd.
We are delighted to announce that Rubicon, a Dorset based recruitment agency, has chosen Boo to be the recipient of its March Charity award, of £200.
We are always incredibly grateful to receive this type of support from local businesses in the UK. Every single one of these donations make a significantly positive impact and help us continue making a difference in the lives of children and families in Kenya.
Rubicon, established in 1982, is a trusted recruitment partner and staffing supplier to numerous successful businesses in the south. From their offices in Poole, Dorset, they work alongside businesses across the UK to find them talented people who will help their businesses grow.
A big thank you to supporter Mark Northey, of Norco Holdings Ltd, who was responsible for submitting Boo’s name to Rubicon. If you know of any similar schemes run by local businesses, please put our name forward!