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Another Update on your Fantastic and Gracious Contributions

on Thu, 24/04/2014 - 13:33

What a difference a year makes!  Thanks to your fantastic fundraising efforts, the Sarah Hardie House in Tanzania is now a reality.  These photos (visit our gallery) show how it has grown from its foundations to where it is today - a substantial, quality home for 32 vulnerable childrenThe final pieces of furniture are being made by local craftsmen and the first children will be moving in very soon, in July. Our thanks go to the Vine Trust Charity for all their contacts, energies and expertise in helping us make this happen. 

Our next challenge is to raise money to buy all the little things that will turn the Sarah Hardie House into a real home from home for the children – toys, books, soft furnishings etc.


   In June this year Marc and Steven Turnbull (Ryan and Sam’s dad from DJ @ Dunfermline) will bedoing a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro can be seen rising up from the clouds behind the Sarah Hardie House.   It is the highest mountain in Africa and, at 5,895m above sea level, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.   Marc’s carbon knees will truly be put to the test as he and Steven trek their way to the top.   They are funding the trip themselves so that every single penny of sponsorship goes to charity. 

They will be splitting all monies raised 50:50 between Sarah’s Promise, and another charity which is very close to Steven’s heart.  The Nicola Murray Foundation was formed in October 2010 to fund research projects that will ultimately impact on better detection, treatment, services and outcomes for young women with Ovarian Cancer.  Steven’s sister-in-law, Nicola, carried a faulty gene, which around 1 in 10 young women with Ovarian Cancer is known to have, and is that this time,under investigated.  The monies will go directly to Professor Charlie Gourley and his team at Edinburgh University Cancer Research Centre who are currently making great headway, with the Nicola Murray Foundation’s support, into improving the outcome for women in their 30s and 40s with this faulty gene.  For more detailed information please visit our website:

Please sponsor them in this very special challenge by donating online to:-   Or


When they are there, they plan to visit Fuka to see the results of all your fundraising efforts.   And, again, this is where we need you.

They’d like to tell the children of Fuka about you and to leave behind a memory of all the children at Destination Judo.  So, here’s YOUR challenge. 

We would like each of you to write a 1 page story for one of the children who will be living in the Sarah Hardie House.  What would you like them to know about you and your life.  What do you imagine they would find interesting about life in Scotland and England?  And, if you could ask them one question, what would it be?  Feel free to be as artistic as you like.  Marc and Steven will choose the best letters to take with them to Tanzania and to leave with the children in the Home.  Can you please submit your stories directly to your coach no later than 19th May.  We’ll let you know who are the winners before Marc and Steven leave for Africa.  So get writing!!!!