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Kasalapo - A CHEP Success Story

This is Kasalapo Lungu, who has just qualified as an accountant in Kitwe. He was supported by Cecily’s Fund as part of the Peer Health Education programme, and recently wrote to tell us how positive an impact this had on his life. Kasalapo lost his father whilst studying at primary school, and his mother worked so hard that he didn't always have the support he needed. Studying as a PHE helped him realise his potential and gave him the confidence to follow his dream of becoming an accountant. “I am where I am today because of the knowledge I acquired while serving as a Peer Health Educator at CHEP under the Cecily’s Fund Programme,

and all the people who have been there for me along the way. My journey to where I am today has not been easy at all, a lot more negative than positive factors have affected the rate at which I developed my career. I decided to study accountancy while in primary school, when after my father’s death, I got access to an annual report from a company in which he was a shareholder. Annual reports, precisely the financial statements, performance reviews and company performance forecast and projections sections really drove me crazy. I kept asking my mum about the people that prepare such kinds of reports, until one day she told me that they’re prepared by accountants. From that day, I always wanted to be an accountant. After having a rough experience through school, I somehow managed to have results acceptable by university. While in my gap year, I volunteered as a Peer Health Educator at Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) [one of Cecily’s Funds’ implementing partners]. While at CHEP, I realised that there was more to accounting

than just preparing financial statements and other accounting reports that fascinated the teenage me. In 2008, I applied for admission at the Copperbelt University under the School of Business for studies in accountancy which was a success. However, I applied for government financial support under the bursary scheme but was unsuccessful. My dream of becoming an accountant was seemingly not coming true. I never lost hope, knowing that there was no better alternative than attaining tertiary education at the university. During my third year, I had the privilege to intern for Mopani Copper Mines PLC for 4 months and then towards the end of the final academic year, Deloitte & Touche Zambia offered me the role of ‘audit associate’ beginning January 2013. I willingly accepted this role, as the scope of their work is within what I have always wanted to do. My current career position may be considered a success by some: I consider it work in progress. ” Thank you for all your donations which have allowed young people like Kasalapo to achieve their dreams.

Christmas Challenge 1st-7th December Can you help us raise £25,000 this Christmas for our programmes in Zambia? See your donation DOUBLE in value as we embark on our third annual matched funding challenge. Key donors have already pledged to match donations made between the 1st and 7th December 2013. To take part in the challenge, and double your donation, please go to www.mydonate.bt.com/events/cecilysfundchristmas between 1st and 7th December and donate! Thank you. You can contact us on tel: 01993 358 089, email: admin@cecilysfund.org or via our website: www.cecilysfund.org 1


Cecily’s Fund Christmas Newsletter 2013

Inspirational friends...

As part of our 15th Anniversary celebrations, we are encouraging all our dedicated supporters to do something Fabulous, Fantastic and Fun to raise money for Cecily’s Fund. We spoke to some friends who are fundraising for us, and to Lady Moody-Stuart, who has supported the organisation for the last 15 years. To follow in their footsteps and help change the lives of thousands of Zambian orphans, please get in touch!

Chris Childs

Esme Partridge

On the 6th October 2013, Chris Childs ran the Bournemouth Marathon in aid of Cecily’s Fund. “I took up running two years ago to

Esme is just 13 years old but is already a dedicated supporter of Cecily’s Fund. “I was performing at North Leigh village hall for a

get fit after I’d had a hip operation. Since then, I have run three half marathons but this was my first full

primary school concert, when Alison Eastwood came and introduced herself to me. She

Racing to change lives

You’ll never be alone

one. After signing up, I decided I asked if I would consider using my talent to write a song for Cecily’s wanted to fundraise for a cause that is close to my heart. As Fund. After speaking to Alison some more, I felt moved and inspired I am a teacher and I was also born in Kitwe, Zambia, Cecily's to write the song ’You’ll never be alone’. I have performed it on BBC Funds’ work strongly appeals to me. I am very grateful to all Radio Oxford and also at Cecily’s Day 2013. I hope the song will give my friends and family who sponsored me and it is such a hope to the orphans in Zambia and inspire people to donate to motivating and inspiring way to support children”. Cecily’s Fund as it is such a wonderful cause”.

Caroline Friend Every penny makes a difference A long-time, personal friend of the Eastwood family, Caroline has been raising money and awareness for Cecily’s Fund since the charity’s launch in 1998. “I have been friends with Alison and Basil Eastwood since we moved to Stonesfield in 1989. Everyone in the village was so shocked and saddened by the news of Cecily’s death, that when the Eastwoods created Cecily’s Fund, everyone myself included - wanted to do something. As well as attending the various fundraising events over the years, I have sold my hens’ eggs and given the profits to Cecily’s Fund. Having kept hens for a number of years, I decided to start selling the eggs at my work, then, at the end of each year, I would take my collection tin to Cecily’s Fund and present them with roughly £70. Although not a huge amount, it was enough to send a child to primary school in Zambia for a year. This year, for the 15th Anniversary, I am involved in a production of Alan Aykbourne’s, ‘Absent Friends’. We will be performing at Wotton House on 23 March 2014. Look out for more details!”

Get active for Cecily’s Fund Hold a Fabulous, Fantastic & Fun event Run your own fundraising event and raise money and awareness for Cecily’s Fund! Whether it’s holding a bake sale, performing with your local drama club or even a throwing a clothes swapping party, you will be helping raise vital funds for Cecily’s Fund. If you have an idea in mind or would like some inspiration, please let us know! We can provide you with a fundraising event pack and support you along the way. We can also advertise your event if you would like, on our website and via social media. Take on a sporting challenge and raise money for Cecily’s Fund! We are always excited to hear that our dedicated supporters want to take on sporting challenges to raise money for Cecily’s Fund. So far this year, our amazing volunteers have raised over £17,000 in sponsorship from completing various sporting activities. Well done and thank you to all of those who took part! To get involved, and take on a sporting challenge in 2014, please get in touch.

For more information on sporting challenges or fundraising events, please email admin@cecilysfund.org or call us on 01993 358 089. 2


Cecily’s Fund Christmas Newsletter 2013 Lady Moody-Stuart, Cecily Eastwood’s godmother, tells us a bit about her personal connection to Cecily’s Fund and why she has stayed committed for the last 15 years. “I have known Cecily Eastwood’s parents, Alison and Basil, for over 30 years, so when I was asked to be one of Cecily’s godparents, I was proud to accept. I watched Cecily grow up into the energetic, bouncy, talented, active person whose spirit has inspired our organisation since its beginning. At eighteen, Cecily was set to enter Newnham College Cambridge to read modern languages, but decided to first spend some time in Africa, contributing to youth in the developing world through a ‘gap year organisation’. She worked hard to raise money and was sent to the Zambian Copperbelt, to teach at a prestigious school in Kitwe. Cecily wrote letters, signing the squiggle that has become the logo of Cecily’s Fund, and told us of her experiences, really enjoying the opportunity and busy with teaching, including coaching the staff’s children in German. Motivated to contribute something deeper and beyond her main school commitment she volunteered to help at an after -school club and spent most evenings with AIDS orphans who were shunted around the country from aunties to grandparents, without school or security. It is a strange thing to say, but despite our loss, Cecily’s fatal road accident has brought so much good, a structure and a future to thousands of young people, and I am really proud to have been in at the start of the Trust that was set up in her memory. Our first partner organisation CINDI - Children in Distress, was started by Irish nuns, and subsequently run entirely by Zambians, and this was the start of a guiding principle of Cecily’s Fund: to only have Zambian staff and partners in Zambia and that it is Zambians on the ground who do the work themselves. I was a founding trustee of Cecily’s Fund, and although no longer in that role, I am honoured to now be a patron. I admire the organisation’s control and use of money, and hope to give more myself. Zambia provides an NGO-friendly environment and regular visits by Cecily’s Fund staff and trustees to our partner-organisations and the schools which are educating the orphans, means that as donors we can be sure that every pound is spent properly on the young people’s needs: enabling development, not just glossy admin. I have a dream, to build on the initial impulse that Cecily had, to change the world. Making informed career choices through guidance…

Swiss Friends of Cecily’s Fund Concert raises £2,350!

Fresh Start engages young people at risk of dropping out of education and those who have been unemployed for over two years in learning entrepreneurship skills. The programme, largely funded by DFID, currently works with 968 vulnerable young people in Zambia. As part of the programme, careers fairs were recently held in both Kitwe and Lusaka; this was a rare opportunity for young people who may lack support and information at home to find out about potential careers, and to receive guidance on the process of choosing and entering a career. Students were able to gather information on, and ask questions about, a variety of different fields, including education, health, business and mining to name but a few. The day was split into two sessions: the first covered entrepreneurship and how it can be beneficial in all fields to learn the fundamentals of running a business, whilst the second session looked at the different career choices available in more depth. Issues such as what qualifications are required, where you can attain them and how to find specific jobs were addressed. The sessions were designed to be as interactive as possible, allowing students opportunities to talk to all the presenters and ask as many questions as they wanted. Well done Fresh Start! 3

On Sunday 13 October, the “Synagogue Music of the Romantic Period” concert was held in the Heiliggeist Church in Berne, Switzerland. 230 people gathered to be entertained by the works of Bach, Purcell, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. Pieces were performed by the Louis Lewandowski chamber orchestra and by the vocal ensemble Suppléments Musicaux. Basil and Alison Eastwood were present, and prefaced the concert with an explanation of the work of Cecily's Fund. Guests were presented with a fine balance of music, from Purcell's dances from the Fairy Queen, through Mendelssohn's setting of some of the Psalms and Louis Lewandowski's Zakarti lach: a 19th century piece for the Jewish New Year. British hearts were stirred, by the final piece, Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of Psalm 100, composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. At the end, there was a chance for guests to enjoy refreshments and hear more about Cecily's Fund. Congratulations to the team who organised the event – it was well worth it! Thank you Swiss Friends of Cecily’s Fund!


Do your Christmas shopping online and raise money for Cecily's Fund! Will you be shopping online this Christmas? Did you know that every time you buy a gift online you could also be raising money for Cecily's Fund? Over 2,700 well known online-retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a percentage of what you spend this Christmas to Cecily's Fund to say thank you for shopping with them. It's a really simple process, all you have to do is: 1. Register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk 2. When you're asked to choose your cause, select Cecily's Fund. 3. Get shopping - it couldn't be easier! Easyfundraising.org.uk has already raised over £5 million for over 50,000 good causes across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Head to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and fundraise for Cecily's Fund.

Christmas Cards & Notelets We have been fortunate enough to have a brand new Christmas card designed for us by Mella Shaw, a London-based artist and school friend of Cecily Eastwood. These beautiful cards come in packs of six and cost just £3 each! We also have lots of the stunning hand printed notelets

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available too. These come in packs of five and cost £5. To order these simply visit our online store at www.cecilysfund.org or call the office on 01993 358 089. We also have a limited selection of old Christmas cards available for just £1 per pack. Please call for more details.

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To see more of mellas work, go to www.mellashaw.co.uk.

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Cecily's Fund Christmas Newsletter 2013  

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