We raised £1,100 for our charitable causes. What did we spend it on?
We hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about each of the IS Oxford team each day. The prize draw was fun, as always, but the best bit was raising funds for our chosen charities.
With your help we have purchased the following:
9 specially trained dogs
The gift of a specially trained dog can make life less frightening for an autistic child, providing a familiar and reassuring presence in the outside world. This will help both child and family achieve a calmer life.
5 Tent Schools
The gift of a tent school can vastly improve the future for children of India's lowest caste itinerant workers. Until now, enrolment in school has not been an option, so they grow up without literacy or numeracy skills, drifting into begging gangs or sexual exploitation. Tent schools, established in squatter slums, offer access to reading, writing and arithmetic plus a hot meal and lessons about basic hygiene.
Gifted 72 patients “Chemo on the go” for a week
Chemotherapy treatment usually confines patients to a hospital room. But now a brilliantly designed backpack allows patients to stroll about, meet friends or even sit in the open air during treatment. The backpacks last for years. At an estimated cost of £4 a treatment, this gift is a small price to make life a little easier during these difficult times.
8 Safe havens for children
At the end of a South African township school day, many children are forced to wander the streets till parents return from work. But the streets are dangerous and the school children could be co-opted into gangs or even sexually exploited. This gift provides safe havens by paying township mothers to operate afterschool clubs in their own homes, offering a meal and activities to up to four children. Much needed income for them, and safety for the children.
All are gifted through the www.goodgifts.org scheme. We couldn’t do this without your support – thank you so much.
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It is the fourteenth year that IS Oxford have donated to charity through the Good Gifts Catalogue.
Our annual order always consists of our own personal choices together with the supply of a school library in a poor neighbourhood in India. Our donation will establish the library, including a termite roof, and supply cupboards and books. In addition this year we have chosen to refresh three established libraries with one hundred books in each.
Our individual choices covered 45 different gifts. A new one this year is to supply a backpack to chemotherapy patients to enable them to move around whilst having treatment and not have to be confined to a hospital room. Another is an ingenious device to warn dolphins, porpoises, seals and even sharks in UK waters to move away from fishing nets and so help with the diminishing numbers off of our shores.
In Africa we chose to de-worm 1000 children, to train a nurse for one year and a nursing assistant for one year and supplied six health workers giving pregnant mothers in rural Africa help during childbirth.
In the developing world we have given the gift of sight to twenty which gives the recipients an unmeasurable amount of joy and we have also transformed the life of a child in Ethiopia with a cleft lip and palate operation.
Across Africa clean water is at a premium and low tech solutions are available so we have supplied a treadle pump which is person-powered and offers a cheap low-maintenance solution to drawing water, we have also supplied a water tank which can collect whatever rain water there is.
On the theme of education we supplied a year’s schooling for five children in Africa and girl-friendly schooling for five girls in South Sudan.
In the UK we chose to help regenerate four bluebell woods and three areas of meadowland, which creates a playground for bees and butterflies. We purchased twelve square metres of greenbelt land to preserve the urban creep and planted 25 meters of hedgerow. We also planted ten trees (beech trees which help with carbon and sulphur dioxide and alder trees which help combat local flooding). To help the elderly in the UK we have also supplied three Christmas hampers, two cats and two dogs for comfort. We have also supplied the care for three abandoned pets and respite to one family with a disabled child suppling them with a special babysitter for an hour.
This is a selection of our choices and as always our order was very much appreciated by the Good Gifts staff.
As part of our highly regarded support service we send a weekly hints and tips email to all institutions using Heritage Cirqa. This week we outline some suggested housekeeping tasks you might want to be considering as we approach the end of the year.
As part of our highly regarded support service we send a weekly hints and tips email to all institutions using Heritage Cirqa. This week we explain how to display your Christmas opening times on Heritage Online.