Soweto Connection's annual table quiz will be on January 29th , and we're grateful to Bobby Byrne's Bar for hosting us again. As usual, we promise a fun night with all our prizes sponsored so that all money raised on the night will go straight to work where it's needed most, in the South African township communities.
So please, put it in your diaries and plan to beat the January blues while supporting a good cause.
One of our partner groups in South Africa, the Raphael Centre, now has a new and exciting website which we encourage you to take a look at. Its http://www.raphaelcentre.co.za, and it gives a great insight into the work and the values of this great organisation which Soweto Connection is proud to support.
Situated in Grahamstown, the Raphael Centre is an HIV/AIDS-community initiative. It was begun by local volunteers in 1999 as a support group for about thirty adults. In September 2002, the Centre began offering voluntary counselling and rapid HIV testing, and offers these services on an immediate walk-in basis.
We'd like to give a huge thank you to the 2012/2013 Third Year students of Coláiste Chiaráin who did a sponsored sleepover in their school in aid of Soweto Connection for their CSPE action project. Overall €700 was raised to go towards the refurbishing of the Power of Women and Children Centre in Tshepisong. The picture shows the successful students and their CSPE teacher Mr. Conor Power handing over the cheque to Sheila Killian.
Photos illustrating Raphael Centre's work
We'd like to share an email we got today from one of our partners, Power of Women and Children. They operate a small daycare centre in Tshepisong, a township Northwest of Johannesburg. Mufumbe writes:
I would like to inform you that PWC has a new baby boy aged 7 to 8 months brought by the police. The abandonned child was found aroung Bramfish 3 kms from Tshepisong, a child dumped by the mother, found near a small marsh. We have named him Sihle Molefe ..., Sihle means gift. We are waiting for the social workers to come back from holidays and together with the police to lodge the matter to court and once the case is finalized then the child will be PWC legal child.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Table Quiz in Bobby Byrne's on Thursday November 29th, or who donated remotely from this website.
.It was a really fun night, with intense competition. Despite being neck and neck for most of the second half, Pat Hayes' team from Coláiste Chiaráin stretched away at the end as a worthy winner.
We have received an urgent request from Annalie van Niekerk who is the director of one our partner groups, the Raphael Centre in Grahamstown. They are in dire financial difficulty and as a result there is a serious danger that they will have to end the services they provide.
Soweto Connection has been raising funds for South African groups helping people affected by AIDS for almost 10 years.