Supporters’ News

As this will be the last HHI newsletter for the year 2008 we would like to congratulate you all on the tremendous amount of support we have received both financially and in terms of practical help however large or small. It never fails to amaze Ron and all the team to what lengths supporters will go to raise funds for HHI either individually as a group or as a congregation. We would like to share with you some of the wonderful ways our supporters have excelled themselves.

* Pam Mc Carthy, who many local HHI ladies will know is a careful hairdresser in her day job but having trained for a year, completed a Charity Challenge trekking in Vietnam and raised £4,560 for HHI.

* Carol Cain celebrated a special birthday this year and in lieu of gifts asked for dona­tions to be given to HHI which in turn raised over £2000. Carol has recently visited India and met Tom Sutherland.

* Two Abersychan residents Hazel Jenkins and Ceinwen Parker hold weekly table-top Tombola stalls in their area and since Jan 08 have raised over £4,500 some of which we are saving to cover the cost of the 2009 container.

* Six Bells Bethany Baptists have donated £2,700 towards the development of the Christian Village in Kollenkavu, India.

* NoIton Haven URC were able to collect £1,200 as part of their 150th Church Anniver­sary which has been dedicated to water and well funding in India and Zambia.

* A ‘Round Strathaven 50km Bike Ride’ organ­ised by lain Park raised £3,000 for the Thejas orphanage which is in Pastor Anthony’s care. This money complements the excellent sum raised by the Newport Scouts earlier this year.

These are just some of the amounts raised recently but by including these it no way denigrates the smaller amounts and regular giving that is so much appreciated.

In addition

HHI in North Wales and Wirral sends greetings. It has been a time of ‘firsts’ for the new region - first contacts made with potential supporters; first presentation; first craft stall and first attendance at the management meeting. We have a few dates in the New Year to present the work of HHI when we hope to encourage more people to help our work.

It is a blessing to know that people are praying for HHI because it makes the things that appear impossible more reachable — Jesus said, ‘What is impossible with people is possible with God.” (Luke 18 v 27).
We may not become ‘mighty oaks’ but with God’s help we will grow.
June & Chris Byrne

June and Chris are the HH1 newly appointed North Wales and Wirral representatives and we are so grateful to them for their enthusiasm for our work and their immediate assistance.

On the Fast Track

HHI on the Fast Track On October 24th half a dozen HHI volunteers spent a tiring day at the Newport Velodrome. This is where some of our medal winning Olympic track cyclists trained prior to Beijing. It’s a very impressive track and the corners are very steep! Now, don’t get the wrong impression. We weren’t cycling; we were manning an HHI stand at the NGB2B exhibition (Newport and Gwent Business to Businesss, a new name for the South Wales Chamber of Commerce).

We have around two thousand individuals who have so generously supported us over the years, but we thought it was about time we made contact with the business community of South Wales. What we wanted to do was to make ourselves known, raise our profile in the community, attract business sponsorship, and advertise some of the services we can offer to businesses (such as corporate Christmas cards, printing, and using our Indian bags with logos on the sides).

We attracted around one hundred visitors to our stand, and they all went away with one of our Indian hand-made paper bags containing our literature - and a mandarin orange. One of the themes of our stand was to persuade organisations to sell a small number of our Christmas cards; the money raised being used to buy oranges for children in Zambia and India.