By Ed Fletcher, Head of Fundraising & Communications
On Saturday 23 September, Hope for Children launched the Head Held High appeal, and we were thrilled to do so with the support of the UK's debut Wanderlust Festival in Victoria Park.
Over 2,000 people flocked to East London's Victoria Park to take part in the world's only 'mind triathlon', the signature triathlon from Wanderlust (producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world), produced in partnership with adidas, consisted of a 5k run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class, and a guided meditation soundtracked by live music and DJs.
Wanderlust 108 had already been supporting Hope for Children, donating £1 for every ticket sold, and in addition, invited our team of volunteers from Your Uni, Their Lives and Your Business, Their Lives partners to help launch the Head Held High appeal.
The 3-month Head Held High appeal will run until 23 December 2017, and is raising funds for vulnerable children in Africa who are being denied their basic right to education. Through the UK Aid Match scheme, every pound donated or raised by members of the UK public during the appeal, will be matched by the Government.
Without an education, children as young as 6 years are often forced to work in fields, pick scraps or are exposed to the daily dangers of wandering the streets or slums they live in. Aid match funds will support the charity’s education based projects in rural, northern Ghana. In this region, children are 4 times more likely to be out of school than the rest of the country, and a shocking 1 in 5 are still involved in hazardous forms of child labour.
The Head Held High appeal will fund activities including providing school books and uniforms, as well as running teacher training programmes to improve the quality of education available – only 53% of teachers have any formal training in Ghana. Public donations will also be used to support the charity’s education projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Our team were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of festival yogis, and taking into account that all funds raised on the day will be matched by the UK Government, our partnership with Wanderlust has raised an amazing £2,807. To put this into perspective, this could provide 116 children with the school books and uniforms they need to attend school and receive a quality education for a whole year.
We'd like to say an enormous thank you to the organiser of Wanderlust 108 and everyone who came to this incredible event. And if you didn't get a chance to donate on the day, it's not too late; follow th link below.