The Food – Ethiopians are renowned for their hospitality and ensuring that their guests are well fed. Needless to say, food is a very important part of the events that we put on. Taste for Ethiopia is a fabulous way of combining Ethiopian food with the opportunity to find out what the charity has been doing in the past year. Much as we’d like to host a Taste For Ethiopia banquet every year, we sometimes just can’t find the volunteers (or the cooks) to make it work. However, the summer fete in July is fast becoming a staple of the For-Ethiopia events calendar and combines that great British tradition, the cream tea, with the opportunity to find out a bit more about the projects in Ethiopia, all within a relaxed and fun setting. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself yet, do mark Saturday 6th July in your diary and join us for tea at St Matthews Church, Kingsdown.
The Babby – ‘Babby’ or ‘Babber’ is how a Bristolian would refer to a baby. Back in 2011, three of the trustees became first time parents, so babies (well, toddlers now) are often seen at For-Ethiopia events and part of the reason why more of our events are family friendly! One of our more imaginative fund-raising efforts came from Mark and Suzie Bowers who held a sweepstake on when their baby would be born. The grand prize was a pair of gig tickets. The winner would even have a choice of which gig to go to, with a selection including Coldplay, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Keane and Wretch 32. Susie gave birth to a son last year and they helped raise well over £1000 towards a water well project in Ethiopia. You can have a look at the original website post here and the link to the Bristol Evening Post Story here.
The unusual – When trustee Paul Ng and his wife Ally got married, guests were given the option of donating to For-Ethiopia instead of selecting something from a gift list. This raised several hundred pounds for the charity. Although relatively unusual at the time, donating to charity instead of buying something from a wedding gift list is something that is becoming a bit more common-place. It’s certainly something Paul and Ally haven’t regretted doing. Or, if you’re feel like becoming a more active supporter, maybe you’ll be inspired by the people who have cycled, run or even rowed to raise money for us. Fundraising is something you can do, no matter what age you are too. The children of St Josephs Primary School have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to us with their water walks and links with the Efa Beri junior school in Addis Alem.
If you’d like to raise money on behalf of For-Ethiopia, please do contact us with your ideas! Whatever they are, I’m sure they’re better than this post’s rather tenuous link to a film title.