We are very excited to announce that Our Annual Christmas Challenge begins on Tuesday 1st December. The fundraiser is made possible by a very generous couple who have pledged to match every £ raised during December up to a total of £3,000.
Our fundraiser is the biggest event of the year and a crucial part of our funding. If you are new to the Christmas Challenge you can read all about it here. This year we need your support more than ever. Much of our income in the months of December, January, February and March comes to us with visitors to Mango House and Fundraisers in Goa. Not only, do our generous visitors give money but they give many gifts in kind too which means that we don't have to spend money buying those items. Unfortunately, as a result of the pandemic, all tourist visas remain suspended, with the exception of a few special flights, all international flights remain banned and Governments continue to advise against all but essential travel to India. There is no escaping the fact that the Charity will be hit hard by the loss of visitors to Goa and the support that many gave us.
We have set an ambitious target for the Christmas Challenge. Our first target is to raise £3,000. If we do so, that sum will be matched and we will receive another £3,000. But we need to go further. In total we aim to raise another £4,000 on top of this making a total of £10,000 in December. This won't include our regular donations but it will include all other donations, grants and fundraising. In recent years we have always managed to do this, sometimes literally by a few pounds but this year, above all others, we have to. We know it's a fortune but we have to try our best.
Please help us if you can. We know that many people are themselves struggling at the moment. But if you can help us please do. If you had planned to visit Goa and would have popped in to see us with a donation, please don't let the fact that you can't go stop you from giving. The income we raise in one year goes towards funding the next. We will still need exactly the same amount of support to do all that we do next year.
Please don't think what you could give wouldn't matter - it really does matter that disadvantaged children get the opportunity to go to school, that they get tuition classes to help them succeed at school, that they get a nutritious meal every day, have a uniform, a school bag and the stationery to take part in their classes. No amount is too small to make a difference. Remember £5 could buy a school uniform. £10 a school bag filled with stationery and toiletries. £50 could provide every child with a meal and £100 could pay for a teacher for a whole month. You really can make a difference and we very much hope that, it you can, you will.