News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust
We are pleased to report that the second of the two John Allinson Memorial Walks, which was delayed to Oct 23rd due to Storm Alex, was successful in attracting over 20 participants who split into 4 groups for a walk from Epsom Race Course to the Langley Vale Centenary Woodland. Unfortunately the return to the start point was punctuated by very heavy rain showers so the walkers really did earn the sponsorship money they raised which together with the first walk generated well over £3,000.
Our Financial Year finished at the end of September so most of the money raised by the two walks will actually contribute to 2020/21. However due to the generosity of our donors our Treasurer was able to report to supporters that in the year 2019/20 we were able to provide all the financial aid we had previously promised to our projects (over £27k) which broadly matched the income we had received from donations during the 12 months and the events that had taken place from Oct. 2019 to March 2020.
We were recently able to organise a 4th presentation via Zoom to give some of our supporters an opportunity to hear directly from another of our projects, on this occasion Papua Partners. Our support has facilitated both healthcare and social development amongst some of the least developed communities in the world on that part of the island of Papua which is under Indonesian administration.
As we enter the second lockdown it is not obvious when our normal fundraising events will be able to resume but we hope to be able continue to run our online auctions which have so far raised over £500 thanks to the generous offers of items or services we have received from supporters and local businesses. Please contact us if you think you might have something suitable for us to auction. You can find details of the current auction via our web site www.TWOAT.org where you will also be given notice of any further Zoom presentations from our projects which we are able to organise.
We plan to provide our supporters with electronic images showing Christmas Greetings from some of the children helped by our projects which they might like to use as part of the greetings they send to their own friends and families. The idea is to help spread awareness of what we do and generate contributions to our Christmas Appeal which this year is on behalf of all the children we are currently supporting across 4 different continents.
Chair Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust