NXL fundraising auction Nov 28

Running the annual New Cross Learning auction at the Hill Station for the first time was a big success. The auctioneers (Andrew and Audrey) sparkling wit and charming presentation was complemented by the usual great food and wine on offer by the cafe team. The tension was high as competitive bidding set in for the most cherished lots. auction 2014 c

And most important of all, the lottery raised a record amount of funds for New Cross Learning – over £3000.

Well done to all who donated prizes, bidded, won, ate, drank, auctioned… great team work for a great cause.

Free money for Bold Vision

give as you liveDid you know… You can now help BOLD VISION – just by shopping online.

Thousands of stores will donate to us a percentage of every pound you spend online when you shop with Give as you Live.

To join in just click here and go through 3 easy steps

  1. Sign up to Give as you Live on your desktop, tablet or via the mobile app. It’s fast, simple and 100% secure.
  2. Shop for millions of products at over 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Expedia and more.
  3. The retailer will donate a percentage of the purchase value to your favourite cause. It won’t cost you a penny and you’ll be contributing to keeping us open for business.

Maybe you’re booking a holiday anyway, buying a book on Amazon for Father’s Day anyway… we don;t want you to buy things you weren’t going to, but when you have to get your credit card out, why not let this throw us a few pennies – it will all add up! We’ll keep you posted on what we earn.

To join in just click here

Twin your loo for lent

St Catherine’s is running a Lent Loo Twinning Campaign. toilet_twinning_logo
If you are up for it, decide how you’re going to raise £60 and get ready to bring your pledge to the Not a bog-standard service on Sunday 6th April, 10am.
The goal is 50 households/places on Telegraph Hill – will you be one?
So how can your loo can change the world?

2.5 billion people – that’s 40% of the world’s population – don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. The human impact of this scandalous stat is enormous: nearly one in five child deaths each year is due to diarrhoea.

Lack of access to clean water and effective sanitation impacts the health of a community as well as their ability to develop economically. Here are some of the hard facts:

• 2.5 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO / UNICEF)

• Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest

• Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation (WHO)

• Right now, more than 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water

(UNDP)

• In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water – often from many miles away – or because the school hasn’t got a basic toilet.

• The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night

• Many women get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass to go to the toilet

• For every £1 spent on a water and sanitation programme, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs. (UNDP)

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Twin our toilets! Toilet Twinning is a quirky and rather personal way of helping the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t have access to a safe, private and hygienic loo. It is a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund to raise funds to help provide access to better sanitation, clean water and hygiene education

For £60 people can twin a toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in a variety of countries overseas. The exact location of the twin latrine can be pinpointed using Google maps. Each toilet twinned is awarded a Toilet Twinning certificate, with a photo of its twin latrine and exact GPS coordinates.

Poor sanitation causes more than bad smells and embarrassment; it is one of the world’s biggest killers, hitting women, children, the elderly and sick people hardest. More than 433 million school days are lost each year because of water-borne disease.

WHAT’S THE PLAN?

We want everyone in the local community to think about twinning their toilet – in their home, school, cafe, pub. The cost is £60, which is not cheap, but not impossible. We want people to give up something in Lent which will save them £60 over the 40 day period. That’s just over £1 per day. The goal is to save or make £60 during Lent – so you could give something up, or you could wash cars, sell jam… doesn’t matter – the focus is on making £60, so you have the dosh to twin your toilet with a toilet in a developing country and help them to complete a toilet building project.

NOT A BOG-STANDARD SERVICE on Sunday April 6th, 10am on Festival Sunday, during the Telegraph Hill Festival, we will hold a special service called “Not a bog-standard service” and at this service we’ll celebrate how many people have twinned their toilet. Our target is 50 toilets! Can you be part of the dream to help 50 villages in developing countries have their own toilet?

So what do you need to do?

• Decide what you’re going to give up as an individual, household, organisation, that will save you £60.00 over Lent

• Start saving the money and get ready to come to the “Not a Bog-Standard Service” with your pledge.

• Visit www.toilettwinning.org for more information

• This will make a difference if we commit to it and believe our little loo could help change the world

Revd Sheridan James, Vicar at St Catherine’s

Are you a Lewisham home resident

Bold Vision Common Growth April 2011

Community Gardening and Cooking in and around New Cross

Did you know there is currently funding for both Gardening Projects and Community Projects available through Lewisham Homes?
‘Lets Get Gardening’ Fund to develop community gardens, food growing areas, hanging baskets, wild flowers etcIts a very simple application all you need is two named Lewisham homes residents on the application to express interest.We would love to see more planting in the New Cross area either for food growing or for wildlife. Could you continue 1000 Sunflowers for New Cross where you live?Deadline Monday 17th February
For further Question call Lewisham Homes Community Involvement: 0208 613 7664see document here.
Community Fund 2014
Got an idea that will improve the community, environment or safety in your area? Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Lewisham Homes
Community Fund 2014.Last year, the Community Fund helped kick-start 16 local projects, ranging from street dance lessons in Sydenham, a business enterprise course for young people, improving the Heston Nature Garden, sporting activities for 8-14 year olds in Deptford to a family and neighbour activity weekend for residents on the Kender Estate.What you need to knowYour project must benefit Lewisham Homes’ residents, and meet one of
the following criteria of:
* Improving the community
* Improving the local environment
* Improving safety in the areaApplications open 3rd March and closing date 14th April
Would you like Grow Wild to deliver workshops? These could be community cooking sessions, pick and preserve workshops or something else!Get in touch with Sarah at Grow Wild if you would like to discuss either of the above growwildlondon@gmail.com
Grow Wild is a community food growing, cooking and sharing project in New Cross and the surrounding areas. Grow Wild is out to make a difference by working in partnership with local organisations to initiate and run community food growing and cooking activities. 
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