As the International Inner Wheel chosen project for the year, Luke Simon, Founder and CEO from School In A Bag (SIAB) met members of the Association of Inner Wheel Great Britain and Ireland to collect the final cheque for the funds raised.
Luke presented two certificates (one from School in a Bag and one from Jimmy Lama from HELP in Nepal) and also a boxed “School in a Bag”. He also presented Ann Acaster with a boxed Camon Bear and a thank you certificates for both Ann and the Association Office.
Together we raised enough money for almost 6,000 bags!!!
According to UNICEF figures, 20% of the world’s child population will never attend school.
School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world.
Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.
An education for these children could be their passport to a life out of hardship and poverty.
Each bag costs £20 and contains items as show in the image below. The items have been chosen for their value, durability and necessity to help poor, orphan, vulnerable or disaster affected children.
Warsop Club helped raise funds, and contributed to that amazing total, by hosting a ‘Camon Bear’ who became involved in their daily lives and raise awareness. These are just a few of the images of Camon enjoying his stay with members of Inner Wheel.
Everyone knew Camon would fit in perfectly. He’d arrived on a sunny Sunday afternoon and joined in with family time on the patio, sunshades on and a cheeky little rum and coke to celebrate his arrival.
The following day, Camon went to work, but decided against wearing is new suit. He ate in the canteen with the other staff and enjoyed a healthy light bite salad before facilitating a team building exercise and taking notes at a board meeting…. collecting one pound donations as he went along, which were all stored in his personal SIAB rucksack.
Having settled in to work and home life, Camon spread his wings and decided to meet some of the locals. He poddled off to the local pub and began to make friends. He was such a hit with the locals and even gave the chef a few pointers in the kitchen.
Things were going great until Camon was found drinking one of the local ladies wine, she shouted ‘oy bear, get your own’; it was time to make a quick exit.
The next morning, Camon was up and about early starting with a hot bath, clean teeth and a spray of his favourite Prada aftershave. Camon had a coffee date with Mabel from the office.
At first a little shy, Camon dare not approach her; so he watched Mabel from behind a plant. He then realised how wierd this was and went over to say hello. They got on like a house on fire. Several lattes later, they said their goodbyes and decided they were having such a great time, they would book a holiday for their next get together.
Camon was so excited he dashed off home and began to pack his swimwear.
But sadly his time with Warsop Inner Wheel members came to an end and he had to return home. He sat down to count his fund raising efforts and then went over to see President Sharon (now Past President). She was delighted and gave Camon a big thank you.
For more information about SIAB and how to get involved go to their website.