David Rose, GETA Chairman successfully completed the half-marathon this morning. He found it tough going at times because of the strong headwind, but thankfully it was dry under foot and overhead as well - the sun broke through just after he crossed the finish line. David recorded his time as 2h 00m 23s.
On International Women's Day, GETA is proud of the impact that St Theresa's school is having on the lives of the young girls in rural Kibaale, Uganda. With continued support, the school will continue to empower more young girls on the path to a life of independence and further education. Thank you to all our supporters for making this possible. #IWD2017
Congratulations to Ingrid McKendry who wins the £10 Book Token for her entry in our recent competition. You can see her winning design below. Thank you to all the entrants, and look out for future opportunities to show off your creative skills. All of the cards have been sent to St Theresa’s School.
Congratulations again to Ingrid, and thank you everyone for your continuing support.
I came across this very interesting article in The Guardian from 2015 https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/apr/23/uganda-succes.... It describes the many reasons why children drop out of education at a young age. Some anecdotes describe: not having a school uniform, which can then prohibit access to school.
GETA is inviting all children from Year 1 up to Year 6 to design a Christmas card to send to St Theresa's School in Uganda. The card (in an unsealed envelope) should be a maximum of A5 size (210 x 148mm) when folded in half, and can have whatever illustration you like on the front and a greeting inside. There will be a £10 National Book Tokens spend card for the best design, so get creative.
GETA chairman David Rose & his daughter Rachel ran the Cabbage Patch race to raise much needed funds for St Theresa's school in Uganda. David and Rachel completed the race in an impressive time of 1hr 39m 56s.
Harris + Hoole very kindly supported our fundraising Afternoon tea with complimentary brownies and coffee. We would like to pass on our thanks to them for assisting us with our event and helping raise over £500 for our cause.
On Saturday 27th August, GETA and the parishioners of St Margaret's parish warmly welcomed our Patron Fr Paul Bigirwa to join us for a late summer afternoon tea. This was the first time Fr Paul had been back to visit since making such an impact on his initial placement here two years ago.
GETA and Fr Paul extend grateful thanks to the parishioners of St Monica's, Palmer's Green, for their very generous donations at their Coffee Morning Fundraising event after all their morning Masses on 14th August 2016. It was a joyous experience being able to share in both their 10.30 Mass and the coffee morning afterwards, to meet so many inspiring members of the St Monica community – and chance to catch up with Fr Paul as well.
I was recently moved by a facebook post about a young Malawian man called William Kamkwamba. After having to leave school due to a severe famine in the area which meant his family couldn't afford the $80 annual school fees, William embarked on a journey of self-education. He borrowed library books from his former primary school and taught himself how to build a windmill out of junk and bring power to his village. He then built a second, larger windmill to power irrigation pumps and carried on making huge improvements to the lives of the people in his village.