I’m afraid that we’ve just been told that our bid for Comic Relief funding has been unsuccessful. It’s true, of course, that Comic Relief gets far more requests for funding than it can satisfy. Still, the focus of our application – providing medical supplies , improving water and sanitation and funding educational outreach work to help mothers cope with malaria, cholera, dysentery etc – was presumably just the sort of thing that Comic Relief wants to encourage in sub-Saharan Africa. We’ll ask for feedback, but doubt if we’ll get any.
So, if anyone knows of any other source of funding, large or small, that might be interested in the Link’s work, PLEASE let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org. Actually, there is a way that all our supporters can help us. I’ve signed the Link up as a beneficiary of ‘Give as you Live’. When I’m shopping on line, a lot of retailers including Amazon give a percentage of what I spend straight to the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, and doesn’t cost me any more than I was going to spend anyway. You go to www.giveasyoulive.com, say that you want any money to go to the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, and the retailer automatically sends the Link a percentage. Shopping through Give as you Live is no different to shopping online normally, it’s just as secure and shopping doesn’t cost a penny more. In fact, the only difference is the difference it will make to our donation total.