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TLBPET Family Fun Day 2015

TLBPET Family Fun Day has taken place, Saturday 18th July 2015, 11:00am to 6:00pm!

As the event took place during the summer holidays, it benefited from the presence of friends, relatives and visitors with close links to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust.

Indeed, the event was well-attended with a truly multi-cultural and international crowd – people came from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Switzerland, Reading, Birmingham, Oxford and of course all parts of London, all in support of TLBPET and the work we undertake.

 

 Multi-cultural and international crowd

The event was organised in partnership with the University Academy of Engineering (UAE) in Southwark. The term’s work ‘Our World’ Module included work for the Family Fun Day and Sierra Leone. Staff and pupils enthusiastically embraced the study of all aspects of Sierra Leone, and all efforts, enthusiasm and wonderful ideas evolved to make the theme of the term’s work ‘Our World’, become reality.

Posters designed by UAE Students advertising TLBPET 2015 FFD.

                    

 

FFD Posters designed by UAE Students

The ‘leaders’ were Sharon Kelly (teacher), Rachel, Kamal, Yaseem and Sasha (pupils).

Here, we must mention Jane Rowlands, (Head Teacher) and Dan Smith (Business Manager) whom without their permission and diligence, the event could not have taken place.

 

Taking a break from a hectic afternoon, the Trustees unite for a group photo! 

 

There were many opportunities and activities for children to participate in, such as novelty races including sack race, egg and spoon race, three-legged race, penalty shootout.

TLBPET FFD 2015 HD Time-Lapse Video Highlights

 

The Fusball and Table Tennis together with Minecraft build-off were very popular as was the Lucky Dip and the Bouncy Castle, manned throughout the day by Leslie Leigh.

 

A small group of UAE students ran one of the most successful stands of the day selling home-made snacks and drinks at the same time having great fun.

UAE Students Stall

 

UAE Students Stall

Our supporters were very generous, we received many different donations that we were able to raffle on the day.

The prizes ranged from makeover sessions, Mary Kay Voucher, two tickets to the next Nostalgia Night, books by Sierra Leoneans, pottery, a wall clock, a 30 minute trial flying lesson donated by Pilot Flight Training, flying over beautiful Oxfordshire in one of their light aircrafts and many others.

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There was a good selection of children’s prizes, including Lego – expand the battle, Connect 4, Frozen Glitter Puzzle, etc.

 

As always at the Family Fun Day, there were a wide variety of foods being sold on the day – including the traditional homemade ginger beer – donated by Alafia Gabbidon.

 Food on the day

Popular Sierra Leone dishes, Jolloff rice, chicken stew, “beench” with all the trimmings, vied with barbecue chicken and pork, curry goat, rice and peas, slices of fish, rice sticks, sandwiches, sweets and crisps, providing a wide range of  eating experiences, which went down very well with children and adults alike.

 

Video of FFD Stall Holders

There was a sweet stall, run by one of our supporters, Donna Cox. Bologie plants, tenderly grown and nurtured by Gussie Harleston, Rita Elba and Joyce Joko-John (supporters of our charity) and were sold on the day with the stall manned by Christiana Hyde.

Bologie Plants

 

Delicious Cakes!

Joyce Joko-John, made and donated her usual ‘Rice Bread’, a firm favourite with everyone not only Sierra Leoneans! A variety of delicious cakes from Saf Samura, Dilia Laux (Casho Macauley’s daughter), and Sydnella Terry, Lottie’s sister, who never fails to support our Family Fun Day, with the ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition, a sponge cake this year: won by one of the day’s volunteers – Sebastian, with a guess of 3.1 kg, closest to the actual weight of 3.35 kg.

 

UAE Students creating their own playlist

DJ Lorin, was our DJ on the Day.  He was fantastic from start to finish, encouraging the young people to get involved, choosing their own choice of music. He played appropriate hit after hit playing music for the audience that kept people dancing if they chose, or just happily enjoying in the background as they sat, walked around or chatted with their friends.

 

The Fadojutimi singing sisters, Lola and Folake, are talented girls from Essex.  They began singing to gospel tunes in their local church and competing in talent shows.  They have since moved on to performing a variety of tracks and covers of many soul, pop, R’n’B greats including Etta James’ At Last and Judy Boucher, Can’t be without you Tonight, in various charity events including TLBPET Family Fun Day.

 

Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim

Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim, generously sprinkled some glamour over proceedings. A vibrant entrepreneur and model, she demonstrated her affinity for the charity and children in her opening speech. Her philosophy in life is, “if I can do it, anyone can”! When she is not giving back to the community in her monthly soup kitchens, she is championing the causes affecting women and young children.  She is passionate about helping those less fortunate to change their lives.

 

Video of Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performing at TLBPET FFD 2015

Cow Foot Prince, Usifu Jalloh - Storyteller

Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performed his traditional, energetic and deeply inspiring mix of drumming, singing and music which captivated the audience and encouraged some women and children to show off their ‘Gumbe dancing skills’ for all to see – with no shame or embarrassment, just pure enjoyment!

 

The Mayor of Southwark

The Family Fun Day was graced with the presence of The Mayor of Southwark, Honourable Dora Dixon-Fyle, dressed in her mayoral regalia. She joined us in the middle of the afternoon, chatted with guests, went on a brief tour of the school and sampled the food and local drinks (ginger beer) being sold. We are very grateful for the Mayor taking time out in her very busy schedule to join us.

 

Young People Take The Floor!

Amongst the various activities that took place at the Family Fun Day, we had our own celebrity dancers – Diandra, Laura and Racquelle. Three young girls who confidently performed their routine – it was amazing to watch them. They not only performed this as an act which they had been rehearsed, but it was wonderful that these three young girls could create an atmosphere for the children in the audience to feel able and freely join them!

 

One young student, Kevin, was so moved by the Family Fun Day, he wanted his feelings and happiness expressed openly!

Video Feedback from UAE Student Kevin

 

What would we do without our able and ever willing volunteers – Linda Thomas, Asha Leigh, Victoria and David Akeredolu who were stalwarts from start to finish.

The clearing up process, always needs many hands and on this occasion to hand were Emile and Lisa Richards, Leslie Leigh, Asha Leigh (no relation).

A BIG Thank You to everyone who in various ways contributed to making the 2015 Family Fun Day a huge success.


TLBPET Family Fun Day 2015

TLBPET Family Fun Day has taken place, Saturday 18th July 2015, 11:00am to 6:00pm!

As the event took place during the summer holidays, it benefited from the presence of friends, relatives and visitors with close links to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust.

Indeed, the event was well-attended with a truly multi-cultural and international crowd – people came from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Switzerland, Reading, Birmingham, Oxford and of course all parts of London, all in support of TLBPET and the work we undertake.

   Multi-cultural and international crowd

The event was organised in partnership with the University Academy of Engineering (UAE) in Southwark. The term’s work ‘Our World’ Module included work for the Family Fun Day and Sierra Leone. Staff and pupils enthusiastically embraced the study of all aspects of Sierra Leone, and all efforts, enthusiasm and wonderful ideas evolved to make the theme of the term’s work ‘Our World’, become reality.

Posters designed by UAE Students advertising TLBPET 2015 FFD.

                    

 

FFD Posters designed by UAE Students

The ‘leaders’ were Sharon Kelly (teacher), Rachel, Kamal, Yaseem and Sasha (pupils).

Here, we must mention Jane Rowlands, (Head Teacher) and Dan Smith (Business Manager) whom without their permission and diligence, the event could not have taken place.

 

Taking a break from a hectic afternoon, the Trustees unite for a group photo! 

 

There were many opportunities and activities for children to participate in, such as novelty races including sack race, egg and spoon race, three-legged race, penalty shootout.

TLBPET FFD 2015 HD Time-Lapse Video Highlights

 

The Fusball and Table Tennis together with Minecraft build-off were very popular as was the Lucky Dip and the Bouncy Castle, manned throughout the day by Leslie Leigh.

 

A small group of UAE students ran one of the most successful stands of the day selling home-made snacks and drinks at the same time having great fun.

UAE Students Stall

 

UAE Students Stall

 

Our supporters were very generous, we received many different donations that we were able to raffle on the day.

The prizes ranged from makeover sessions, Mary Kay Voucher, two tickets to the next Nostalgia Night, books by Sierra Leoneans, pottery, a wall clock, a 30 minute trial flying lesson donated by Pilot Flight Training, flying over beautiful Oxfordshire in one of their light aircrafts and many others.

4. IMG_2605..

There was a good selection of children’s prizes, including Lego – expand the battle, Connect 4, Frozen Glitter Puzzle, etc.

 

As always at the Family Fun Day, there were a wide variety of foods being sold on the day – including the traditional homemade ginger beer – donated by Alafia Gabbidon.

 Food on the day

Popular Sierra Leone dishes, Jolloff rice, chicken stew, “beench” with all the trimmings, vied with barbecue chicken and pork, curry goat, rice and peas, slices of fish, rice sticks, sandwiches, sweets and crisps, providing a wide range of  eating experiences, which went down very well with children and adults alike.

 

Video of FFD Stall Holders

There was a sweet stall, run by one of our supporters, Donna Cox. Bologie plants, tenderly grown and nurtured by Gussie Harleston, Rita Elba and Joyce Joko-John (supporters of our charity) and were sold on the day with the stall manned by Christiana Hyde.

Bologie Plants

 

Delicious Cakes!

Joyce Joko-John, made and donated her usual ‘Rice Bread’, a firm favourite with everyone not only Sierra Leoneans! A variety of delicious cakes from Saf Samura, Dilia Laux (Casho Macauley’s daughter), and Sydnella Terry, Lottie’s sister, who never fails to support our Family Fun Day, with the ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition, a sponge cake this year: won by one of the day’s volunteers – Sebastian, with a guess of 3.1 kg, closest to the actual weight of 3.35 kg.

 

UAE Students creating their own playlist

DJ Lorin, was our DJ on the Day.  He was fantastic from start to finish, encouraging the young people to get involved, choosing their own choice of music. He played appropriate hit after hit playing music for the audience that kept people dancing if they chose, or just happily enjoying in the background as they sat, walked around or chatted with their friends.

 

The Fadojutimi singing sisters, Lola and Folake, are talented girls from Essex.  They began singing to gospel tunes in their local church and competing in talent shows.  They have since moved on to performing a variety of tracks and covers of many soul, pop, R’n’B greats including Etta James’ At Last and Judy Boucher, Can’t be without you Tonight, in various charity events including TLBPET Family Fun Day.

 

Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim

Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim, generously sprinkled some glamour over proceedings. A vibrant entrepreneur and model, she demonstrated her affinity for the charity and children in her opening speech. Her philosophy in life is, “if I can do it, anyone can”! When she is not giving back to the community in her monthly soup kitchens, she is championing the causes affecting women and young children.  She is passionate about helping those less fortunate to change their lives.

 

Video of Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performing at TLBPET FFD 2015

Cow Foot Prince, Usifu Jalloh - Storyteller

Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performed his traditional, energetic and deeply inspiring mix of drumming, singing and music which captivated the audience and encouraged some women and children to show off their ‘Gumbe dancing skills’ for all to see – with no shame or embarrassment, just pure enjoyment!

 

The Mayor of Southwark

The Family Fun Day was graced with the presence of The Mayor of Southwark, Honourable Dora Dixon-Fyle, dressed in her mayoral regalia. She joined us in the middle of the afternoon, chatted with guests, went on a brief tour of the school and sampled the food and local drinks (ginger beer) being sold. We are very grateful for the Mayor taking time out in her very busy schedule to join us.

 

Young People Take The Floor!

Amongst the various activities that took place at the Family Fun Day, we had our own celebrity dancers – Diandra, Laura and Racquelle. Three young girls who confidently performed their routine – it was amazing to watch them. They not only performed this as an act which they had been rehearsed, but it was wonderful that these three young girls could create an atmosphere for the children in the audience to feel able and freely join them!

 

One young student, Kevin, was so moved by the Family Fun Day, he wanted his feelings and happiness expressed openly!

Video Feedback from UAE Student Kevin

 

What would we do without our able and ever willing volunteers – Linda Thomas, Asha Leigh, Victoria and David Akeredolu who were stalwarts from start to finish.

The clearing up process, always needs many hands and on this occasion to hand were Emile and Lisa Richards, Leslie Leigh, Asha Leigh (no relation).

A BIG Thank You to everyone who in various ways contributed to making the 2015 Family Fun Day a huge success.


Upcoming activity

Provide solar panels to electrify the school and resource centre: stock with computers, printers, etc. The resource centre will be used by the primary school, nearby secondary school and the village community.


Raffle Prizes

March 2015

March 2015 in preparation for the Family Fun Day on Saturday 18th July 2015. We are appealing to you for Lucky Dip and Raffle Prizes. You can provide these by contacting us via email, Twitter and Facebook


Rice distribution

December 2014

Teachers have experienced hardship due to the school closures – we provided each one with a bag of rice to help them out .The teachers at the school.


Address Change

October 2014

Our address has changed. With immediate effect, please use

97 Chingford Lane, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9QS. Our email address remains the same.


Shipment on its Way!

The educational resources donated to the charity over the past few months are about to be shipped to Sierra Leone by Robert Claire Shippers.

The consignment includes clothing comprising of:

  • Girls’ blouses (long sleeves, short sleeves blue and blue and white checked, all still in original packaging)
  • School skirts (black)
  • P E shorts for boys (maroon and blue)
  • P E school gym skirts for girls (navy blue)
  • Jumpers (for the rainy season)

These items were donated to TLBPET courtesy of Jane Rowlands, through the goodwill of a school outfitter based in South London.

A variety of reading books were donated by the pupils of Brunel College, Dartford. The donated books are predominantly for primary school children but include reference books for teachers and adults to help aid learning/training. The Brunel College pupils also added filled pencil cases, a selection of games and sweets.

The shipment includes an assortment of IT equipment: desktops, monitors, printers etc., donated by  a supporter of the charity, Mr Abbess Watfa.  Isa Davies added an HP printer, new cartridges and several reams of white A4 paper.  Our Patron, Linda Dobbs, was kind enough to add two brand new printers together with cartridges.

Through long discussions and several emails, it was agreed that TLBPET should furnish Hamilton School with individual libraries for every classroom.  To facilitate this, included in the consignment are the castors, screws and all necessary equipment required for building these individual libraries.  The wood will be purchased in Sierra Leone and building work should commence soon.


Family Fun Day

We are bringing back the Family Fun Day.  As usual we expect to have stalls, attractions and activities to amuse a wide range of ages.  The FFD will take place in the grounds and buildings of the University Academy of Engineering South Bank, Trafalgar Street, London SE17 2TP.  The nearest tube and train stations are Elephant and Castle.  A number of buses go to the school including number 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 171 and 176 (East Street, Walworth Road) 21, 53, 63 and 353 Old Kent Road and 42 and 343 to East Street.  Please come and join us as we celebrate our Family Fun Day and help us raise valuable funds for the continued building of Hamilton Rural Primary school and future primary school projects.

 

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