On Friday 28th October from 3 – 5pm there will be a very special Halloween Party at St Alban’s Church Hall in Westbury Park.
The Party promises to be brilliant fun for children under 8 and families and includes a fancy dress competition, face painting and Halloween-themed games, such as “mummies”, ‘ghost’ bowling, pumpkin races, guess the numbers of worms and more!
But, as well as being great fun for all who come along, the party will also be fundraising for an ongoing project organised by the UK based charity, Play Kenya, which helps children in Kenya, who have suffered trauma and loss, through play therapy.
This project I'm supporting, Rafiki Mwema, is a safe house for children as young as 2 to make sense of the damage and trauma experienced from horrific sexual abuse, often from their parents.
Rafiki Mwema – which means ‘Loyal friend’ – provides a home, therapy and support from schooling, apprenticeships through to re-integrating back in to ‘normal’ life and living. It also provides support through the court system, access to medical treatment and essential therapy.
It's a cause that has become close to my heart initially because I'm a mum to two daughters, but also because I have gone through a lot of pain in my life and I'm ready to help others to help heal myself. I have the opportunity in January to meet the children at Rafiki Mwema and so will see the great work and profound impact this little known entity has.
The Halloween Fundraising Party is all about providing lots of fun for children at Halloween during half-term and to also help some less fortunate children at the same time. The event will also be an opportunity to bring together parents and children in the community and get them into the Halloween spirit!
However will all this comes the costs to run the event and these sustantially impact the final amount I can actually send to the charity. The money raised will pay for the following items:
Decorations, games and prizes
Food and Refreshments
Atthe moment the projected 'profits' after the above expenses mean I have to have at least 40 children attend the party just to make my break even. Ideally I'd like to be making at least £500 from this event so it can be a worthwhile afternoon for everyone involved. The expenses make this a completely unreasonable expectation and this is already going low key. I want to make this party a worthwhile event for those attending, something the kids and families can really enjoy and not walk away from with a bitter taste in their mouth, believing it was a waste of time and effort. Children deserve some good, old fashioned fun that does not involve a hand held device!
This week I intend to go and meet with the supermarket managers in the local area to see if they would be willing to donate their Halloween themed baked goods and decorations for the event providing their support for this cause.
Any help to cover the costs and fund this fun filled event is gratefully received.