Design a Christmas Card (and win a prize!)

Thu, 27/10/2016 - 4:18pm

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.

Thanks to Harris + Hoole

Wed, 31/08/2016 - 4:52pm

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.  

St Monica's Coffee Morning - 14th August 2016

Amount raised 

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.

The Power of Education

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.

GETA & St Monica's Welcomes Fr Paul

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:15pm

GETA was founded to support the work of Fr Paul Bigirwa in Uganda, where he helped to set up St Theresa’s Nursery and Primary School.. Fr Paul is currently in the UK until 6th September on a “working visit” to St Monica's Church in Palmers Green. As always, Fr Paul is an inspiration wherever he goes and the Faith Sharing Groups at St Monica's are pleased to have the opportunity to support Fr Paul's work through GETA.

Book Sale after 10.30 Mass on 17th July

Amount raised 

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this very successful event. The total is made up of £67 from sales, £168 from donations and £40.50 from Gift Aid on eligible donations. This last amount highlights the benefit of increasing the value of donations with donors not having to pay any more - the extra comes at the rate of 25% from HMRC - the Tax Collection service - and is very much appreciated.

How to help support the Children at St Theresa's school

Since the inception of GETA in 2015, the team in association with the support of the Lenten project at St Margaret's parish, Twickenham, has managed to raise over £5,000 to support the running of the school.  These funds will be put towards acquiring additional teaching staff, completing the building work and decoration of the classrooms & school buildings, paying off the loan for the school van - the list is endless.