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Fundraising Focus


SOS Mothers ready the children to arrive at the new SOS Childesn's Village Rustenberg, South Africa

Football frenzy stroms forward for SOS Children “6 villages for 2006” campaign.

At the end of March Celtic Football Club held a fundraising dinner as part of their support for “6 Villages for 2006”. To date they have raised £25,000 for the new SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg, South Africa.

School children and staff supporting the Keep Uppy Challenge for

By April the campaign was in full swing. Over 650 children from schools up and down the country took part in a world record attempt organised by The FA and England fans official fan club. A record was set on 26 April when 459 children successfully ball juggled for 10 seconds and set a new Keepy Uppy world record. Schools across England, from Doncaster to Eastleigh and Solihull to Wincanton, took part. Many thanks to all the children and everyone involved. Congratulations on the world record and for raising vital funds!

Wayne Rooney joins the SOS team and supports orphaned and abandoned children

In May, British schools supported our Keepy Uppy Challenge for a week of football activities and the winners will receive a signed England shirt! Winners will be announced in the next edition of SOS Children’s World.

Classic Response update

Nocky talks to the Classic Response audience in April 2006

Our second concert at the Royal Albert Hall attracted thousands of people and performers included Aled Jones, the Opera Babed and G4. Nokwanda Dlamini (Nocky), and SOS student from Swaziland who is studying in the UK, enthralled the audience, despite being incredibly nervous, about her life and living in an SOS family. Many of the performers and members of the audience were incredibly moved.

Stuck for a gift for that special occasion? has a selection of gifts supporting SOS, ranging from educational to health projects with 100% of funds coming to SOS (some alternatives charge for this). If you or your friends need a quick gift visit this site and support SOS at the same time.

Volunteer Regional Co-ordinators

After the first successful training weekend in March, Volunteer Regional Co-ordinators (VRCs) across the country are talking to their local schools, companies and communities about SOS Children. If you feel inspired and want to be a face for SOS Children in your area then call Hannah on 01223 365589 or email

Invitation to a Ball

Kathy Darley, one of our new VRCs, is arranging a ball at Leeds United Football Club on 2nd September 2006. You can be part of this glittering evening, hosted by ex-England rugby player Mick Morgan, which will be supported by the Leeds United football team and their management.
Tickets are £50 per person or £400 for a table of 10 people. For more information and bookings contact or call her on 07780 901141.

Recent fundraising events
Stephen Armstrong celebrated his 58th birthday in May by climbing 58 of the peaks in the Lake District. He raised an incredible £3,000 for an educational project in Costa Rica.


At class with SOS children in Costa Rica

The search engine that raises money for SOS

Google, Yahoo, MSN … How often do you use these search engines when you’re surfing the internet? Raise funds for SOS Children by using “Everyclick” as your search engine. It generates money for charity and you could sign up today at and choose SOS Children as your charity.

Running for change

Chris Atwell with her prized London Marathon medal

Supporters across the UK braved the weather in London on 26 April 2006 to raise funds for a number of SOS projects. Kelly Edwards, Lynne Barnes, Vanessa Crookes, Chris Atwell and Stuart Ward all ran the London Marathon for SOS and collectively raised over £6,000. At the end of April one of the new Volunteer Regional Co-ordinators, Lindy Gray, completed the Leeds Half Marathon in the top3%.

Rory Penn, Nick Gray and Will Burr, employees of the Grosvenor Group, raised £77,743.20 for the SOS Nursery School in Blantyre, Malawi by competing in the Marathons des Sables, a gruelling series of six marathons in six days.

Congratulation to ALL our runners!

Construction work at Blantyre. The Village is due to open at the end of 2006

30 runners took part in the London 10km Run for SOS on 2 of July, including a team from SOS. Thank you for runners, supporters and sponsors!

London Triathlon, 5-6 August - we have two spare places, so call us if you would like to take on this challenge and raise vital fund for SOS!

BUPA Great North Run
Karen Ignatowicz from Newcastle will be competing in the BUPA Great North Run in September. If you are running the Great North Run and have not decided which charity to support choose SOS! Call Caroline on 01223 365589 or email her at for more details.

World Orphan Week on 2 - 8 October 2006

There are many events in the pipeline including a Golf Day and Balloon launches. For more details see the World Orphan Week webpage. Together we can make this year's WOW even better.

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