The Christmas single, 'I'm thinking of you this Christmas', composed by Alison Lea and sung by Kings Junior School has raised over £1,200 for Destiny Garden School!
The video can be seen on this link - video on YouTube
For more details please see - Kings Junior's Christmas CD
Jane Ainsley, a representative of Destiny Children, gave a ’party’ bag to each of the children at Destiny Garden School. The ‘party’ bags included balls, pens, pencils, small toys and a small bag of sweets. These gifts were donated and made up by pupils Westende Junior School in Wokingham, which Jane’s children attend.
Jane is a keen supporter and sponsor of DGS and has visited the School on several occasions - reports of these can be found on the school website, news section, where you will see she also took part in the KG3 graduation ceremony, presenting all the certificates.
Organised by Destiny Children Committee Link to photos of the event
A very successful event which raised over £2,400 for Destiny Garden School.
The event was held at the Macclesfield Town Hall with a fabulous live 9 piece band
Following his visit to Destiny Garden School, Matt Mcguinness, one of our Sponsors, braved doing a collection at his local Arndale centre to raise funds for school. He raised nearly £200 and managed to recruit two new sponsors!
Kim Roper, keen supporter and sponsor of Destiny Garden School, together with Luke Beale raised £50 roasting chestnuts at the Exmouth Christmas Cracker Fair on 3rd December 2010 for Destiny Garden School.
Amidst the worst snow seen in Devon for 60 years over 7,000 people attended the annual Christmas fair, Luke had great difficulty keeping up with demand for the little warm treats, and people were often seen holding the packets between gloved hands for a while before eating them, nature's small hot water bottles certainly went down well.
Destiny Children's committee raised funds for Destiny Garden School at the Kings School Christmas Fair. For more pictures please see the link Photos of the Kings Fair
The Kings Junior Division children sang their new Christmas single at the Kings School Fair 'I'm thinking of you this Christmas' and many of their CD's have now been sold in aid of Destiny Garden School. If you would like to order a CD, please see the link on the right -
Destiny Children's first Annual General Meeting took place 17th November and their successful year was celebrated with a cake baked by Kathy!
Matt Mcguinness, one of our Sponsors, visited Destiny Garden School on 3rd November 2010. He raised funds before his trip to go towards new desks, which were to be made by a local carpenter. He also collected many different football shirts from friends and family, and there was great excitement amongst the DGS children when he delivered them.
Matt says "It was good to see the desks being made, and to know that ALL the money raised goes to the school, and isn’t swallowed up in admin etc."
"I am used to poverty, having been well traveled in the past, but I was still shocked at just how little these children have ....... and to anyone who reads this and is thinking about helping out … please, please go for it."
For Matt’s full report on DGS Website, please see this link
The shipping container to Mombasa was finally released, having been stuck in customs for a couple of months!!
Kings School Junior Division, Macclesfield, originally helped get this project underway, and it was completed by supporters of Destiny Children - our grateful thanks to all those who helped.
When the pencil cases were delivered to Destiny Garden School, there was great excitement amongst both the children and staff; Jacob said “ the children and teachers were full of joy and the school has been blessed by your efforts ... we received items beyond our expectations ... it brought a ray of hope to the teachers’.
Full report and photos - Pencil Case Project.
Destiny Children took part in the Marlborough School Car Boot Sale to raise funds for Destiny Garden School. Many thanks to all those who donated bric-a-brac and books!
Val held a dinner party for her friends to raise funds to provide First Aid Training at DGS
Whilst Val was doing voluntary work at Destiny Garden School one of the children broke his leg. It was a very bad break and took place in the playground when two children ran into each other. Val was concerned that none of the teachers, other staff or children knew any first aid and this inspired her to fund raise to pay for the Red Cross to give First Aid training to some of the staff and children at Destiny Garden School.
The Dinner Party was a great success and, thanks to Val for all her hard work, she raised £300 to provide this First Aid Training, as well as a new First Aid box!
This took place at the Gawsworth Methodist Church Hall, which the Church very kindly let us use free of charge.
Thanks to the support of Gawsworth community and to our friends who baked cakes and donated books and bric-a-brac, we raised over £250 for Destiny Garden School.
After successfully competing in the District, Regional and Provisional competitions, 2 choirs from Destiny Garden School qualified for the Nationals of the Kenyan Musical Festival Competition 2010. These were held in Kakamega, Western Kenya, about 14 hours drive away from Mombasa, in August 2010.
The choirs came 6th and 7th, a remarkable achievement for a small school in a poor suburb of Mombasa, who had only formed the choirs in March 2010. Also a huge opportunity for these children, many of whom have never traveled away from their villages before.
The £700 needed to cover transport, food and accommodation costs for the two choirs to compete in the Nationals, was very generously met by the Martyn Donaldson Music Trust, MDMT. The children benefited tremendously from the experience and we hope they will have the opportunity to enter again next year!
Val Lear, Destiny Children committee member, and her daughter Nadine worked at Destiny Garden School for three weeks over the Easter break.
Val, pictured left with the school choir. She bought the choir’s uniform and helped them practice for the George family’s visit. For her report of this visit please see this link to the DGS website.
Nadine, pictured on the left, is teaching the baby class how to play parachute games. She donated the parachute to the school.
Val said "We had made many friends in and out of the school environment and we even managed to see some of the countryside and explored Mombasa. My overall impression of DGS is that it is a school of smiles but also a school of hard work. It deserves to do well".
For Val’s full account of her time at Destiny Garden School please see her report on the DGS website - Val’s report and photos
During March/April 2010, Children at Kings School Junior Division, Macclesfield wrote letters to the children at Destiny Garden School. Val, Committee Secretary, and her daughter, who did voluntary work at the school during the Easter period, supervised the replies to these letters.
The Poynton Male Voice Choir and The Occasional Trio kindly gave their time and talents to entertain us at the Methodist Church in Macclesfield. The concert was a great success and raised over £750 for Destiny Garden School.
Guy Tolhurst, a keen supporter of DGS, escaped cold and snowy UK and spent it in Mombasa working at Destiny Garden School and having, in his words, ‘the most rewarding time of his life.’
Guy brought with him Christmas presents of Magic Slates for each of the 180 children and also provided the school with a goat, which gave them a delicious and nutritious Christmas dinner.
After the Christmas celebrations and during the school break, the school became a holiday camp. Guy therefore had plenty of playtime with the children, teaching them many different games. Two football matches were organised against other schools, the second one being won by Destiny Garden School!
See this link for Guy's report on the DGS School website - Guy’s Full Report and photos