Can you believe it’s been six months since we opened our charity shop in Clapham – how time flies!
In those past 6 months things have constantly been changing; from new interns and volunteers to the donations we receive in our our shop. But there has been one person who been there from the very beginning, and that is Eugenie – our Operations Manager.
Eugenie has spent a lot of time and effort with Children of the Mekong and has been here from the beginning! All her hard work has paid off; since opening the store we have raised over £18,000 from selling donated items!! The money raised has helped fund projects in Southeast Asia including Samrong, Cambodia where volunteers and project managers are currently building an education centre for 360 children.
Being a charity shop we receive a wide range of items: from quirky items like wigs, an old school suitcase to extravagant ones such a Dolce and Gabanna sunglasses and a chandelier! The donations we receive never cease to amaze us!
In addition to the shop the interns have helped organise events and activities to help raise extra money. In March we teamed up with LK Bennett in Clapham where we had a fundraising event. LK Bennett donated 10% of the total proceedings they made which totalled to £150!!
More recently, we have started making street collections! So if you’re around Clapham you might see two green dinosaurs roaming around. Street collections will help us become a more established charity in the local area as well as help us raise more money for the charity, so it’s a win win situation!
We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few months. For starters, Children of the Mekong will be taking part in the British 10K run again this year. Last year 15 runners participated in the race and raised over £15,000! This year we hope to emulate the same success.
Moreover, we hope to start a brand new project in Cambodia. The project is still in the planning phase but keep your eyes open and we’ll be updating you with details later on in the year.
If you thought the last 6 months were great then you’re in for a ride as we have a lot of upcoming events for you to support starting with the British 10K run. For the second time, Children of the Mekong with be participating in the British 10K run. Last year we raised over £15,000 and we’re hoping to do the same this year.
The money raised from the 10K run will be used to a brand new project in Cambodia. The project will be organised by the interns with Eugenie so everyone is really excited! We can’t tell you too much as this stage except that it’s for preschool children. We will keep you posted with more details in the near future!
That was just a short update six month update about the Children of the Mekong! Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up-to-date with our progress and please do send us your thoughts and opinions.
We are always on the lookout for more interns and volunteers so if you are interested in joining our team (even if you can only volunteer for a few hours a week) send us an email. You can also get involved by sponsoring a child for £24 a month which will contribute towards his or her school fees, supplementary food and medication, hygienic products as well as pocket money. We also accept donations, no matter how big or small as we sell a wide range of items in our shop.
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