First of all I would like to say a massive thank you for your tremendous support. Thanks to your generosity we smashed our original target and revised targets and have now hit over £7, 000 in fact the cycle challenge fund has now reached £7,128 and with gift aid of £1,339 the total increases to £8,467. (This has increased the overall Rosie fund to just over £50,000!)
It was an incredibly tough 10 days (we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way) but we reached Bungoma on time and in one piece. When struggling to get up the never ending hills I thought of Rosie and your messages of encouragement and they gave me the boost to keep going. Yet no physical pain can ever get close to the sadness of Rosie not being here with us. But Rosie was with me. I saw her through the beauty of the Kenyan countryside and I saw her smile on the faces of the children in the villages we passed through.
I always expected making it to the South End Academy and meeting Brenda (the teacher we are all funding) and the children, would be the highlight of our trip and I was right, they were amazing. I was overwhelmed by their love, energy, creativity and passion. Their room is called “The Rosie Dwyer Art Room” and her photos and artwork adorn one big notice board. All this was the reason I was there, it was hard to contain such powerful and very mixed emotions.
I had no doubt that Rosie’s fund was making a big difference but I never thought that the funding had and will continue to have such a big positive impact on the lives of so many children.
As soon as we can get a chance, Jacob and I will put together photos and a short film of our visit to the school, which will tell the story and show you how your generosity has transformed the lives of so many children.