Our fundraiser took place last Friday the 3rd of June 2011. It went very well. We decided to hold a fundraising event following a training course we did about women’s groups in Ireland and Tanzania. This came out of an Exchange to Tanzania that training coordinator Aoife Cooke went on in 2007 and again in November 2010. We have been learning about women’s issues in Tanzania and looking at the similarities and differences to women’s issues in Ireland. The money we raised is to go to the Kivulini Women’s Rights Organisation in Mwanza, a city in the north of Tanzania. We have been in touch with Mary Kabati, who visited Ireland and our community centre in Ballymun in October 2009.
It was January when we all got together in St Margaret’s and decided to do a fundraiser for women’s groups inTanzania. We all thought it would be a good idea to base the event in St Margaret’s Community Centre. We decided to do a fun theme and arranged games and raffles. We decided games like jigsaws and ball games were a good idea. All the women’s group from St Margaret’s and staff had a hand in organising the event.
The aim of the fundraiser was to collect money to support the Tanzanian Women’s Rights Group. It was five euro entrance fee. The day itself included games and quizzes which were organized by the women’s education group in St Margaret’s. Other women’s groups came to support us. All the groups got involved and had a laugh. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
On the morning of the fundraiser, we shared some of what we have learned about Tanzania with a photography exhibition in the community centre. We also decided to do a raffle for the fundraiser. All the prizes we got were donated. The prizes were two hanging baskets, a bottle of Baileys, a plant, a hamper, vouchers for a spray tan and getting your nails done and a lot of other prizes.
There were teas and coffees and lovely scones made by Moll, one of the workers from St Margaret’s. We had sandwiches donated by Supervalu, Ballymun. There were two trophies as first and second prize. The day was a great success and the women of St Margaret’s were all pleased with themselves.
Nora Lawrence, Noreen Maughan, Anne McDonagh, Aoife Cooke