Members of the SFHHI Committee at their stall at a Christmas Fair where they were promoting their parent Charity, Health Help International. A good number of Christmas cards, craft items and Iain Park’s book were sold on the day.
‘Eye to the Hills’
is a personal account of Iain Park’s lifetime of climbing experiences and relates mainly to his climbing over the past 60 years with several generations of Scouts.
In that time Iain has climbed nearly 1300 Munros.
He has been a member of the Scout Movement for 70 years.
Although it is a personal account the book will be of interest to other Munroists and the photographs of Scottish Mountain Scenes will appeal to climbers and non climbers alike.
All copies of the first print run have been sold and a
second impression of the book has now been printed.
Priced at £25, all the profit of £10 from each book
will be given to the Charity
Health Help International
of which Iain is a Trustee.
Have a look at the stunning photographs!
HHI have been supporting the Tuition Groups run by the Banyan Tree in Kerela for many years but at the end of 2017 financial restrictions resulted in the number of these groups having to be severely reduced despite the high demand. To combat this reduction Strathaven friends of HHI created a system to ease the financial shortfall.
It costs £30.00 per month to maintain each tuition group which supplements state education and with this extra help school pupils have achieved academic success beyond their expectations and given life changing choices to deprived young folk.
HHI recruits and pays the salaries of the teachers and at the start of the school year, provides the funds for the students to be given school supplies including notebooks, pencils, pens and other learning aids.
At the beginning of 2018 we thought we might be able to fund two tuition groups for the year by raising £720.00. We asked supporters to contribute £1.00 per month to the Tuition Fund but as always the support exceeded our expectations and £1441.00 was raised allowing four tuition groups to be financed by Strathaven supporters for the whole year. In December 2018 we made an appeal for the year 2019, hoping to equal or even surpass this level of funding. I am delighted to record that by the end of September 2019 a total of £1658.00 has been sent specifically to finance the Banyan Tree Tuition Groups and we are on target to fund five groups by the end of this year.
The Ragbag scheme has provided a regular source of income for the work of Health Help International over the past ten years and has been well supported by the members of both the Avondale and Trinity churches and by the Strathaven community generally, raising around £1000 per year. Now, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Hamilton Bridge Club and St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hamilton, SFHHI hopes to increase the amount of money raised in this way for HHI. An external collection unit has been set up in the car park of the Bridge Club and this is easily accessible to both its members and to the members of the adjacent Church.
£3000 was recently donated to Health Help International from this year’s Round Strathaven 50 annual charity cycle event.
This has already put to use and was the answer to HHI’s prayers in enabling a much needed borehole to be drilled in the ground’s of the Charity’s HQ building in Monze.
Zambia is currently experiencing a severe drought causing famine and hardship in many areas of the country and those working for HHI in Monze and many of those whom the charity helps have been without a regular supply of water for many months.
The photos show the borehole being drilled and it should produce water shortly.
The annual bridge drive organised by SFHHI to raise funds for Health Help International which was held at the end of August proved once again to be a great success. It was well supported by players from the two Strathaven Bridge Clubs and also from the Hamilton Bridge Club. The committee thanks those who took part and all those who gave donations or who provided prizes for the raffle and helped raise the excellent sum of £1,065 for HHI.
The money has been used to purchase a defibrillator which will be used in a new hospital nearing completion in Zambia . Dr John Phiri, the District Health Director responsible for the new hospital was supported through medical school by HHI and some of its loyal supporters.
The SFHHI Committee has been strengthened by the addition of a new member, Margery Menzies. She has agreed to take on the role of Treasurer.
The recent Silent auction was a great success, allowing SFHHI to pass the money raised to HHI to be used in their work supporting sick and disabled children. We are delighted to share their thanks.
Dear Friends at SFHHI,
Thank you so very much for the cheques we have just received from you for the amazing sum of £700 raised from your recent Silent Auction. Thank you, too, for agreeing to Gift Aid some of the money…the additional income will make a real difference to our spending power.
We understand that the event was very enjoyable and that many interesting high-quality items had been donated. To collect and store such a large number of items requires a lot of hard work so thanks must be given to those who work quietly ‘behind the scenes’. We also heard that the range of refreshments which were served were wonderful and typical of the hospitable nature of the generous Str’aven supporters. Thank you very much.
As a result of all your hard work, many children who are needy, sick and disabled will be given more hope, health and healing.
On behalf of everyone at HHI, may |I again say a huge thank you and send you our Christian love and best wishes,
Diolch yn fawr a chofion gorau,
Hilary and Jute and the Newport Team