We Did It!
After almost two years of fundraising, planning and preparations we finally left for Kenya on Thursday 15th February. Greeted at the airport by Moses and then by Tatu at St. Anna’s guesthose after 22 hours travelling was a great joy.
Twelve days of travelling, hard work, great fun, worship and fellowship followed. We left a permanent mark on the Isaiah Trust’s new land at Kakamega in the form of irrigated raised beds ready for planting, a solar powered water pump and water tank storage and the people we met and places we visited left a permanent mark on us as we travelled home.
Kenya 2017 became 2018 as our trip was postponed due to the re run of the elections in Kenya in October 2017. Our trip has been rescheduled for early 2018. Fundraising for The Isaiah Trust continues with over £5000 having been raised. We are looking forward to working with the Isaiah Trust on new projects and seeing an expanded outreach at Kachok during our visit.
Challenge 2017 – mileage update
End March 2017 – over halfway through our challenge. Almost into Nigeria. Our first personal challenge completed too with Max swimming 50 lengths.
Challenge 2017 – mileage update
End October 2016 – half way through France
End November 2016 – made it to Barcelona
End December 2016 – across the Mediterranean into Africa (just)!
Raising funds for our Kenya 2017 project work with the Isaiah Trust in Kisumu, Kenya. All money raised through this challenge will go to the Isaiah Trust.
Our challenge began on the day of our Battalion Founder’s Day Parade 2016 (2.10.16).
We aim to walk, run, swim and cycle the distance from Ackworth to Kisumu, Kenya – a total of 6618 miles. Each of the ten members of the Kenya 2017 group has their own personal challenge within this bigger challenge.
1st Ackworth’s Kenya 2017 team members are George, Thomas, Ollie, Max, Colin and Paula
And helping us add some miles, Rev. Naomi, 1st Ackworth’s chaplain
Our individual challenges are:
George – cycling 40 miles to Huddersfield University and back.
Thomas – a 30 mile bike race
Ollie and Max – a 100 length swimming relay all in one go.
Colin – 3 half marathons in 3 days along the Yorkshire section of the Liverpool to Leeds Canal
Paula – 662 miles (10% of the total) in triathlon percentages = 20 miles swimming, 126 miles walking and 516 miles cycling (indoors).
1st Ossett’ Kenya 2017 team members, James S, Declan, James B and Sandra, are undertaking a group challenge, walking the 14.5 miles from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough.
Fundraising for our trip is in full swing with many bag packs and other smaller events helping with our efforts. We have been fortunate to receive grants from our own Circuit, Methodist Women in Britain and The King’s Way church in Ossett for which we are extremely grateful.
As the new year approaches our thoughts also turn to raising funds for the project work we shall undertake whilst out in Kenya. Watch this space.
Our plans for a second visit to visit the Isaiah Trust in Kenya are now beginning to take shape. 1st Ackworth are joining with 1st Ossett Boys’ Brigade to enable more boys to be involved in what is a fantastic opportunity to learn a little about the work of the Trust, be of some practical help and share fellowship with the boys and adults involved in the Trust’s work out in Kisumu.
Following on from our extremely successful visit to the Isaiah Trust in Kisumu, Kenya, in October 2014, our support of the Trust continues.
Since returning from Kenya, individuals and 1st Ackworth as a whole have raised over £2000 for the Trust. Our fundraising efforts will continue into 2016. Our thoughts also turn towards a second visit in 2017.
Details of the Trust’s work can be found at http://www.outofthestreets.blogspot.com. The blog is written by Tim Broughton, one of the founders of the Isaiah Trust.