Katapult’s England vs Slovenia Event 2010 – South Africa Charity Update

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Images courtesy of Magical Moments

We would like to thank everyone again for their donations at our football event back in the summer, we managed to raise a fanastic £543 which exceeded our fundraising target. The  money raised went to two South African charities;  Magical Moments which runs fun and creative activities for underprivileged children and FreeMe a charity that exists to rescue, rehabilitate and release suburban indigenous wildlife.

As you can see from the images above, Magical Moments have put on some great events since the money was donated – from puppet shows to art workshops. We are really proud that the money everyone helped us raise has gone into creating lasting memories for children less fortunate than our own.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your very kind and generous donation made to Magical Moments. Your thoughtfulness and compassion will put thousands of smiles on little faces, treats in many little tummies and tickle lots of little taste buds. There are so many worthy organisations in need worldwide and in our beloved country and we acknowledge with thanks that you selected Magical Moments, a charitable organisation “Proudly created with love in South Africa”, as a beneficiary of your generosity. Your investment will help us create “Magical Moments & Extra-ordinary Days” for abused, abandoned, disadvantaged, neglected, orphaned, underprivileged and vulnerable children in Johannesburg, of all cultures, race and religion – “rainbow children”; uplifting their spirit, giving them hope and exposing them to a world beyond their own.”

“Please know that when you see the delight on the children’s faces in the newsletter and on our website, that you have all been a part of creating those magical moments.” Ilana Friedman, Fairy Godmother and Chief Operating Fairy.

If you would like to know or donate more to the charity, contact Magical Moments.

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As we have already created our own wildlife sanctuary in our back garden here at Katapult, we thought we would give the rest of the money kindly donated by you at the event to FreeMe, a South African wildlife charity. The charity’s aims are to…

Rescue -
Orphaned, abandoned, injured and displaced indigenous birds, mammals and reptiles are brought to the FreeMe centre in northern Johannesburg. We treat approximately 10 000 animals each year.

Rehabilitate -
FreeMe is run by a full-time manager and a dedicated group of volunteers and the centre is open from 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year. With the help of local veterinarians we provide specialised treatment, care and rehabilitation.

Release -
The ultimate aim is to release wildlife back into its natural habitat. Releases take place in carefully chosen areas including reserves and conservancies.

As you can see from the images below – a hand reared Glossy Starling, baby Crested Barbets, a Meerkat and a Honey Badger – the money raised has gone into helping all kinds of wildlife in towns and rural areas of South Africa.

If you would like to find out how you can help further, go to www.freeme.org.za.

You can also help with local conservation by looking out for the wildlife on your doorstep by contacting the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Thanks again and we hope to see everyone again at our next fundraiser; watch this space…

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Images courtesy of FreeMe.

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