In the first week of December, Friends of Kipkelion is taking part, along with many other UK charities, in an online fundraising initiative called the Big Give Christmas Challenge (www.thebiggive.org.uk). Friends of Kipkelion is doing this to raise funds for the Girls for Girls programme run by our sister charity, Friends of Londiani, at Kipteris School in Kipkelion.
The Girls for Girls programme addresses the problems faced by many girls in Kipkelion – the school toilets and washrooms are so awful (or non existent) that they can’t go to school when they have their periods – and they have no sanitary products either. So girls stay off school, fall behind and often drop out altogether. That’s one reason why only 20% of girls go to secondary school in Kipkelion. We’re aiming to raise money to enable the girls at Kipteris School to attend the school throughout the month.
But that’s not all. Corporate sponsors and other backers have agreed to match any amount raised from the public! That means that £20 donated to Friends of Kipkelion as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge will turn into £40. And all of it will go to support the project at Kipteris School. And (of course) if you are a UK taxpayer, Friends of Kipkelion will be able to reclaim the tax and boost the value of your donation even further.
It all happens over three days, which sounds ideal — but there’s a little catch: the match funding is released at 10 am each day and is limited. That means you’ll have to be quick!
This is what you need to do to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge:
- You can only donate online and you must make your donation on Thursday the 4th, Friday the 5th or Saturday the 6th of December 2014, from 10 am onwards, using this link:
- On one (or more) of those dates, visit the website and make your donation using a debit or credit card.
The important thing is to give as soon after 10 am as you can, as a separate tranche of match funding will be released at that time on each of the three days. So if you cannot take part on the first day, try 10 am on one or both of the next two days. But you won’t be alone. All the participating charities taking part will be encouraging their supporters to donate as early as possible. That’s why it’s called a “challenge”!
Bear in mind too that anyone can donate. However, if you are a UK taxpayer the benefits to Friends of Kipkelion are even greater. If your friends or colleagues might be interested in supporting this project, let them know about it.
And if they (or you) have any questions about the Christmas Challenge, or Friends of Kipkelion’s activities, we’d be glad to answer them. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.