The Tunahaki Ball & Auction
In February 2007, almost 400 people came together at The Radisson Hotel in Glasgow for One 4 Kids. The highlight of the evening was the auction where bids were placed for numerous donated items including a hot air balloon ride for two, a Rangers European Cup Winners top signed by John Greig, golf and dinner for four at Loch Lomond Golf Club and a signed Sharleen Spiteri platinum disc, amongst other things.
In addition to the evening charity event, a Shoebox Appeal was launched. Before the team visited the centre, everybody in the Group came together in an effort to truly make a difference to the everyday lives of children in Tanzania.
Over 30 boxes were collected at the Glasgow Head office and shipped out to the children and their families in January. Some of the items donated included toothbrushes, toothpaste, painting and art materials, games and flip flops.
In support of Tunahaki in Tanzania, One Solution’s One 4 Kids challenge was climbing Kilimanjaro. The sponsored challenge took place during February over seven days.
After completing the climb, the team made a visit the Tunahaki Centre to see the set up for themselves and to meet some of the children.
By the end of 2007, One 4 Kids had donated £73,000 to Tunahaki Foundation.
The Tunahaki Foundation is a non-profit organisation which empowers orphans and vulnerable street children in Africa to become self-reliant, thus ensuring basic human needs, including food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and the right to a secure future.
The Foundation works in partnership with the Tunahaki Centre for Child Development, an arts-based shelter for AIDS orphans and street kids in Moshi, in the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. Tunahaki is Swahili for ‘We have a RIGHT’, and it is a phrase that the street children of Moshi came up with themselves as they set about to find a better life. The Tunahaki Foundation agrees with them, and therefore adopted it as the name of the Foundation
The aim of the One 4 Kids fundraising efforts was to contribute and assist in the building of a new centre to accommodate 20 children living in the shelter and 80 more like them who were living on the streets. In addition to this, One 4 Kids bought the centre a mini bus. Prior to this, they had no means of transport.
CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association for Scotland)
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
CHAS offer care for the whole family in their two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. They also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.
CHAS support over 250 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. Their services are funded mainly through the generosity of supporters who help to raise over £7 million needed each year to provide these hospice services.
All funds raised from the Kilimanjaro challenge and other charity events throughout 2007 were split equally between these two charities.