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10th November 2014

 

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Orphans of Ghana get’s support from across the pond

Two American runners took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon to support our work as part of their challenge to run a half marathon on each continent.
 
Denise Seldenrust, a mum of three andLaura Ware Doerre, a corporate lawyer, both live in Texas in the USA and travelled to London joining over 16,000 runners on October 12 to run 13.1 miles through Central London and raising more than £1000.
 
Speaking of their London –running experience, Laura said: “Combining our love of running with our love for travel, we have set a goal to run a half marathon on every continent and when we didn’t make the lottery draw of the Royal Parks Half Marathon, we started looking at charities. The last half marathon we ran in, Bryan College Station Half in Texas, raised funds to support orphans in Ghana and the philanthropy for my fraternity supports abused and neglected children, so I have a natural draw for anything to do with children; Denise's husband also owns a company that has built power plants in Ghana, so we both immediately felt connected to the charity’s cause.”
 
The Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in the UK, starting
in Hyde Park the course passes Buckingham Palace travelling through St James's Park, past the Houses of Parliament on to the Embankment, before going back through Admiralty Arch, Green Park and Kensington Gardens. To prepare fort he race, the duo followed the guidelines and training programmes of Runners World magazine writer Hal Higdon to be in tip top shape.
 
Gizelle Thorpe, Orphans of Ghana CEO and Founder said: “It doesn’t happen very often that we have runners who come all the way from the US to fundraise for us and as a charity which is solely run by volunteers, we are incredibly grateful to our supporters who go the extra mile to make our life-changing work possible. The Royal Parks Half Marathon was a brilliant success this year, with our fundraisers raising a total of more than £6500 which we will use to for the building of the new home, providing materials including bricks, cement, wood and infrastructure. Part of the money will also be used to pay for two months wages of for the teachers at the Royal Seed School which amounts to just over £2000 and to meet their everyday needs by providing food, water and continuous healthcare support. The total cost to build a new home for the 172 children we look after is estimated around £300,000. £6,500 is a fabulous amount to contribute to this and we will continue to raise awareness and do what we can to reach our goal.”
 
Feeling inspired by Denise and Laura’s story? There are many ways to get involved- you can meet a personal challenge, or just have lots of fun while raising money to support the children at the Royal Seed Orphanage in Ghana. Why not have a look at our fundraising page to find an activity for you or if you have any questions contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
 
Brighton Marathon
02.04.14
26.2 Miles

Sign-up deadline: February 2015

The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK's favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country'smost vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year. 

Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support, the course winds through the city streets, finishing up on the spectacular Brighton seafront.


 

Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100 
02.09.14
100 Miles
We are very excited to be able to offer you a chance to join Orphans of Ghana on the third Prudential 100 event, a 100 mile sportive cycle event (created by the London Marathon organisers).
This challenge is equivalent to the World famous London Marathon but on wheels – it’s a closed road event so if you’re aiming for a personal best than this is for you.

Orphans of Ghana Updates

A new student have joined us. Her name is Naomi and she is about to start High School.

We already have 8 students in High School and four more will be completing next year. 

Also two are studying at the University: one of them Medicine and the other to be an Accountant.

 
 
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11 October 2014 

“Runners for life’ take on London half marathon

 

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A team of four friends form Italy will take on the Royal Parks half marathon in London on 12 October in aid of our charity’s work. 

Giovanni Panconi, Chiara Chicca, Catia Pardini and Paolo Veronesi, all part of the Runner’s for Life team, will make the journey from Italy to London to take part in the event this weekend, after they were inspired by our passion to ensure that orphaned children have a fair start in life. 

Giovanni said: “This is the first marathon for Paolo and I but Chiara and Catia took part in other runs in the past so I’m hoping that this will keep us motivated throughout the run. We decided to race for Orphans of Ghana because we were looking for an organisation that is involved with children and after we heard about the experiences and history of why the charity was founded, we knew we wanted to help!

 “We are really looking forward to the race and to finally meet some of Orphans of Ghana’s team face to face and hopefully in the near future we’ll be able to spend some time in Ghana and see how much our contribution is helping the children first hand.” 

To help their fundraising efforts the Runner’s for Life team organised several events in their native Italy, selling Catia’s bags and homemade jam at a local market while they also organised a lottery event and a dinner party including a buffet and live music which was attended by more than 100 people. 

Gizelle Thorpe, Orphans of Ghana CEO and Founder said: “As a charity which is solely run by volunteers, we are incredibly grateful to our supporters who do so much to make our life-changing work possible. Every child has the right to a fair start in life and with the continued dedication of our supporters we are able to provide much needed help to the Royal Seed orphanage to ensure that the children can fulfil their potential and have the chance to establish a successful future.” 

To support the Runner’s for Life team you can visit their fundraising on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/runnersforlife or if you would like to take part in any of our fundraising challenges visit our ‘Get involved’ page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 

01 October 2014 - NEWSLETTER TIME EVERYONE!!!

 
 

Meet Joyce

Story of one of our kids...

Joyce was admitted to the home due to the old age of her parents and their inability to care for her. 
"
I am really happy about everything at the home aside that I get the best care protection good health, education. To shape my life in future 
I want to become the best musician in the world
", Joyce says.

News on our Website

Have a look at our new section in Orphans of Ghana web: news! You will find Orphans of Ghana Stories, News, Fundraisers, Press and General Chat. Click on each link to find out what we have been up to!

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Run to the Beat 2014

Congratulations to all our supporters on completing the run! Thanks for your great effort! 

Last 14th of September London held the Run to the Beat half marathon, with 96,000 runners, live DJ´s around the route and a festival atmosphere. 
THANKS FOR TAKING PART IN THE RACE!

A team of four from a West London construction company took part in a bid to raise money to support our work.  
 
Harris Calnan, a construction and building company who’s offices are on Scrubs Lane, signed up for Wembley’s Run To The Beat after they were inspired to raise vital funds for us to ensure we can continue to build new homes and classrooms for the 170 orphans at the Royal Seeds Orphanage.

“As a construction company I wanted to find a charity we could relate to. When I came across Orphans of Ghana I was inspired by their goals and aspirations to design and build a bigger and better school and home for the children in Ghana to enjoy", said Hannah.
 

Hannah and her colleagues Victor Brzozowski, Sean Casalaspro and Ruairi Bray have so far raised over £600 and are hoping to reach their final fundraising target of £800.


David Odimba, who brought her daughter to the run, went finishing in 53 minutes-
THANKS TO ALL OUR RUNNERS!

Get Involved

By running for Orphans of Ghana you are directly contributing to saving lives and improving the lives of orphans in Ghana by helping to build a home, supplying food and maintaining health care.

We are very excited to be able to offer you a chance to join Orphans of Ghana on the 35th London Marathon!

 

The London Marathon is by far one of the most talked about marathons in the world and is absolutely amazing!

All the money raised for OoG will go directly towards helping to provide children with opportunities to life. Via water, food, educationa and health care. Please help us to help them...run for us! 


Date: 26/04/2015
Sign-up deadline date: February 2015

Who do I contact?
Sara Sophia:
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We are very excited to be able to offer you a chance to join Orphans of Ghana on the first Vitality North London half Marathon! A trafiic free event on the closed roads of North London!

It will take place in the Boroughs of Brent and Barnet and start/finish from Allianz Park (the new 10,000 seat stadium and home of Saracens Rugby). It will also form part of the Vitality Run series; a major new UK wide running series that initially features eight major events during 2014/15, including some of the leading half marathons and one 10k event. 

Date: 15/03/15
Sign-up deadline date: January 2015
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Sara Sophia:
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SOUTH LONDON PRESS TODAY | NEWS | Cycling cash aids children in Africa | 2014
 

A financial worker finished a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride to help a friend’s charity.

Trader Craig Pearce, of Croxted Road, Herne Hill, was among the 20,000 riders who crossed the line at the Prudential RideLondon earlier this month.

He committed to completing the distance without water but had to stop for one bottle, which cost him a £50 donation from his own pocket.

Craig has so far raised more than £600 for Orphans of Ghana, which helps lone children in the West African country.

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22nd September 2014

WEST LONDON CONSTRUCTION TEAM ‘RUNS TO THE BEAT’ TO SUPPORT ORPHANS IN GHANA

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A team of four from a West London construction company took part in a 10k run on 14 September in a bid to raise money to support our work.  
 
Harris Calnan, a construction and building company who’s offices are on Scrubs Lane, signed up for Wembley’s Run To The Beat after they were inspired to raise vital funds for us to ensure we can continue to build new homes and classrooms for the 170 orphans at the Royal Seeds Orphanage.
 
Hannah Davies, team captain and Architectural Assistant at Harris Calnan said:RTTB2014 1
 
“As a construction company I wanted to find a charity we could relate to. When I came across Orphans of Ghana I was inspired by their goals and aspirations to design and build a bigger and better school and home for the children in Ghana to enjoy. At Harris Calnan we design and build spaces that improve people’s lives every day, ranging from homes and offices to art galleries and even the occasional school, so to us the charity seemed to be a cause we can really relate to. Alongside raising money for a great cause, I was also looking for a personal challenge to help me improve my physical fitness so I asked some of my colleagues to join me”
 
Hannah and her colleagues Victor Brzozowski, Sean Casalaspro and Ruairi Bray have so far raised over £600 and are hoping to reach their final fundraising target of £800.
 
Run to the Beat is the only UK event where runners can race through the iconic Wembley Park, while being motivated by the latest hits and best DJs.
 
You can still support Harris Calnan’s team with their fundraising efforts by visiting their fundraising pagehttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HarrisCalnan, or would like to run, cycle or just want to take on a new challenge check out out our ‘how to get involved’  page.
 
 

 

1st September 2014

SOUTH LONDON PRESS TODAY | NEWS | Cycling cash aids children in Africa | 2014

A FINANCIAL worker finished a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride to help a friend’s charity.

Trader Craig Pearce, of Croxted Road, Herne Hill, was among the 20,000 riders who crossed the line at the Prudential RideLondon earlier this month.

He committed to completing the distance without water but had to stop for one bottle, which cost him a £50 donation from his own pocket.

The 26-year-old has so far raised more than £600 for Orphans of Ghana, which helps lone children in the West African country.

The volunteer-run charity was founded in 2009 by Craig’s former neighbour Gizelle Thorpe, 28, after a volunteering trip.

It was set up to support the Royal Seeds Home Orphanage and School in Okaafor, currently home to more than 170 children.

Craig, an experienced cyclist, told the South London Press: “Orphans of Ghana is the only charity I know where all the funds go directly to the people who need it, which was great motivation for me.

“The Prudential RideLondon was definitely challenging, especially because of the wet weather.”

Mrs Thorpe added: “We rely on selfless volunteers like Craig who make it possible for us to support the children at the Royal Seed Orphanage with projects that can improve their lives and help them build a successful future.”

To see how you can raise money for the charity through bike rides and other challenges, visit www.orphansofghana.org/get-involved

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31st August 2014

Thanks to everyone for your enquiries into Run to the Beat 10K Run on Sunday, 14th September. We are now fully occupied and look forward to working with our fundraisers to ensure you have everything you need for race day, This week you will receive your thank you packs from us alongside your running T-shirts to wear on the day! Yay!

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 News Update: July 2014

A massive thank you to Lizzie Delalande-Zankor for her time, effort and thoughtfulness this month! Here is Lizzie's story...

"I started my role here at Clear Channel in October and wanted to pilot the advantage of offering our employees with cheaper books through ‘The Book Event People’ a specially tailored service dedicated to bringing the very best of British publishing to a select group of the UK's larger employers. Every event they organise has 10% of the proceeding’s going to a charity of the Company’s choice; I chose Orphans of Ghana simply because of the ties I have with the country (my Dad is Ghanaian) and it proved a success. We raised £713 on the day and as such 10% is issued to yourselves at the charity. I plan to run another one closer to Christmas and will continue doing so and forwarding you more cheques in the future"

WELCOME RAMONA!
Our new PR & Media Relations trustee

I came across Orphans of Ghana by chance when I was looking at a fundraising marathon in London and I felt like it would be a match made in heaven!
I’m half Ghanian half German so I was immediately interested in the work of Orphans of Ghana, especially as I regularly visit Ghana to see family and friends and always wanted to get involved in a charity that is giving back to a cause I can connect with in a personal way.
I studied journalism and human rights and I’ve always had a huge interest in politics and international development. I’ve worked in PR and media relations for the last four years and I’m currently the PR Officer at charity Action on Hearing Loss ( formally RNID) where I lead on fundraising PR, two health campaigns, case studies and deal with all other incoming media enquiries. I’m looking forward to use my skills and experience to help build Orphans of Ghana’s brand awareness so we can continue to support the children and help them to  live a high quality life!
On a personal note, I grew up in Germany and have lived in the UK now for 8 years , I guess once I’ve been here for 10 years I can officially call myself a Londoner !

FUNDRAISER PACKS
On their way to you!

Our Director has packed all the relevant materials and t-shirts and popped them in the post to you in time for your race! So face we have posted out the packs for our next two upcoming events! The Prudential Ride London 100 taking place Sunday, August 10th and The Royal parks Half Marathon which takes place in October! Registration is closed for both these events! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE TAKING PART!

GOOD LUCK PRUDENTIAL CYCLISTS!

On Sunday, 10th August our cyclists our taking part in the Prudential Ride London 100 to help raise money for Orphans of Ghana! We want to say a huge thanks to all of you! Please look out for your supporters who will be wearing OoG T-shirts on the day! This includes our Director & please contact her if you need anything: 07545 373245!

Take part!

LONDON TO BRIGHTON
Ride and Rise for Orphans of Ghana!

7th September 2014
56 Miles
From London Clapham Common
To Madeira Drive Brighton Sea Front
RUN TO THE BEAT
Run 10K for Oprhans of Ghana!

14th September 2014
Wembley
Epic Music 
Starting and Finishing at Wembley Park
15,000 runners
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07/25/2014 - Our July Newsletter and story of the month!

05/19/2014 - Royal Parks and Run To The Beat Newsletter

04/27/2014 - Prudential RideLondon Newsletter

12/24/2013 - Happy Holidays!

12/16/2013 - Orphans of Ghana - December 2013

09/06/2013 - Orphans of Ghana update

05/07/2013 - A Spring Update From Orphans of Ghana

12/20/2012 - Wishing You a Very Happy and Healthy Christmas!

11/24/2012 - Orphans of Ghana Newsletter

08/21/2012 - August Newsletter

08/03/2012 - Two places made available for Royal Parks Half Marathon!!!

07/19/2012 - Trustees Wanted to Join the OoG Team

06/29/2012 - Orphans of Ghana June Newsletter


Please take a moment to watch the above video to see some of the children we have already had the chance to help.