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Neston Based Charity Raises More Money for Children in Sierra Leone

Published: 3rd April 2012 11:07

OAKS (Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone) is a charity based in Neston that raises funds to improve the lives and support the needs of children of Sierra Leone.

At last year's Neston Village Fair, a balloon race raised some £2250 for the cause.

OAKS Spring BallGuests enjoyed a presentation on the work of OAKS

Recently, the charity held a Spring Ball at the Grange, with over 170 people attending.  The evening had an African theme, with the 17 tables decked out as the 17 countries of West Africa, with printed displays of each individual country, an Africa-themed quiz, Africa place mats alternated with Sierra Leone mats, individual flags and much more, including profiles of some of the children the charity supports.

Organiser Nic Phipps said: "After our meal we had introduction speeches as to how the charity is progressing and a short DVD presentation. Then we had entertainment from a band and a disco by Dave Bladen.

"The ticket sales, auction, raffle and gift aid donations raised just over £5,000 which was tremendous!

"Many of the guests were supporters from the Neston area and all went away throughly entertained after a value for money night, having given to such a worthy well run cause (teaching 256 kids for £10,000 per year).

"We will be holding a balloon race at the Neston Village Fair again on Saturday July 7th,  when we want to set off 5,000 balloons (the target to hit when you have to let air traffic control know - to make allowances for air traffic).

"This could again raise in excess of £5,000 which we would use to start to build a secondary school adjacent to our site in Bo Town, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Having just got all 33 kids through the senior school exam, the community now want our help to build a new senior school.

"With the increasing number of supporters coming on board we're up for the challenge."

For more information about OAKS, visit their website here.

OAKS Spring Ball17 tables were decorated on the theme of the 17 countries of West Africa.


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