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28 November 2017 - #GivingTuesday - what will you give?


It's #GivingTuesday so please consider giving to African Children's Fund so that we can in turn continue giving to the projects we support in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

So, what can you give?
* You could give money by making a donation to our Christmas Appeal or by visiting one of our shops and decorating our Christmas trees with coins!
* You could give good quality second hand items to our charity shops in Faringdon, Grove or Witney.
* You could give old Tassimo discs, biscuit wrappers and cleaning 'triggers' to us in Witney that we can turn into cash through recycling.
* You could give us your time by volunteering in one of our shops or by collecting shop donations in your area.
* You could give us a free donation that won't cost you a penny when you shop online via Give as you Live.
* You could give us your commitment to fundraise by running, cycling, trekking or skydiving in 2018.

Of course, don't hesitate to get in touch if you have your own ideas about what you would like to give, as we would love to hear from you!

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20 November 2017 - Give a Child a Chance this Christmas

This Christmas, African Children's Fund is aiming to raise £1,000 to give the 2,500 children supported by our projects even more hope and opportunity for a prosperous future without poverty.



By helping children regularly attend school, upholding children's rights and providing social care, we are giving vulnerable children the chance to improve their lives and move out of poverty.  

There are lots of ways you can get involved in giving a child a chance this Christmas:
  • * Instead of dressing down (or up!) at work or school, consider donating £3 to provide 40 mugs of Porridge through one of our Kenyan Porridge Clubs.
  • * Instead of holding a Secret Santa event, you could donate £5 to provide a girl with sanitary towels and a social education programme.
  • * Instead of sending Christmas cards, why not donate £10 to provide stationery to a class of Zimbabwean school children?

  • African Children's Fund supports a range of projects which include:
  • * Porridge Clubs and the provision of sanitary towels to Kenyan primary school children, increasing school attendance & academic attainment;
  • * A nursery school and vocational training scheme for teenage girls in Tanzania;
  • * The provision of educational resources and counselling for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe; and
  • * Slum dweller education forums in Uganda to promote children's rights.

Will you help us raise £1,000 this Christmas to ensure the continuation of these valuable projects? You can donate online by clicking here to find our Christmas appeal page or you can text ACFX86 to 70070 followed by the amount of your donation (ie. ACFX86 £10).

Our shops in Faringdon, Grove and Witney are also getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of decorations, outfits and unusual Christmas presents already on sale. 

This year, our shops also need your help to decorate our giant Christmas trees with gold & silver coins! 
Remember, it costs just 7p to provide a child with a vital meal through our Kenyan Porridge Clubs - which is why we are encouraging people here in Oxfordshire to help children in Africa by bringing in their pennies and pounds for porridge.

If your children's school, Brownie Pack or Scout Troop would also like a giant poster to decorate, please share this page with them and don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

We would love to hear from you so please get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter if you would like to join in or indeed ask any questions. Remember to use the hashtag#ACFXmas2017 on social media! 

Thank you in advance for your support.

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13 November 2017 - Choose African Children's Fund! - Waitrose Faringdon Community Matters

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We are very pleased to confirm that we have been selected as one of Waitrose Faringdon's 'Community Matters' charities for the month of November, and we will receive a share of £1,000 depending on how many green tokens we receive.


This means we need your help! If you live in or near Faringdon and shop at Waitrose, please remember to pick up your green token and put it into our box when you leave the store. You can collect tokens every time you shop so hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities for you to visit in the next couple of weeks! Thank you in advance for your support.



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29 August 2017 - Old pound coins for Porridge

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Help us fill a porridge pot with 14 old £1 coins and provide a mug of porridge to 40 primary school children for a whole week in one of our Porridge Clubs!

If you would like us to post or email one of these collection posters to you, please contact us with your postal or email address and we'll do the rest. Alternatively, you can pick them up from our shops in Faringdon, Grove, Lechlade or Witney.

Maybe you would also like to share posters in your workplace, church, club or school? In this case, just let us know how many you would like when you visit or contact us and we'll be very happy to provide them to you.

#oldpoundsforporridge

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05 July 2017 - Oxford Half Marathon Returns!

Following the success of the 2016 & 2017 events, the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon returns to the city on Sunday 8th October 2017 and African Children's Fund is delighted to have once again secured six charity places for the event.



We are looking for existing or would-be runners to represent #TeamACF on the streets of Oxford.

Why join #TeamACF?

  • * Free charity technical t-shirt for all participants to wear during their training and during the race.
  • * One free coaching session with a British Athletics-qualified running coach in Witney, Oxfordshire (Date TBC) plus pre-race coaching support.
  • * Pre- and post-race meeting point in central Oxford with food and drink provided.
  • * Full fundraising support to help you quickly set-up your online fundraising page, with advice from sign up to race day and beyond!

There is no deposit or registration fee to be paid, and we simply ask that our runners raise at least £100 each in sponsorship.

To take up one of  #TeamACF's charity places, please get in touch and we will send further instructions to you. If you have already signed up directly with Oxford Half Marathon but would still like to represent #TeamACF, we'd also love to have you on board so drop us a line with your address and we'll pop your t-shirt in the post.

African Children's Fund's six places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so get in touch to reserve your place today!


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