Skydiving for CWUHA
Over the years CWUHA trustees and supporters have done wacky and physical challenges to raise much needed funds for CWUHA - but Julie Upton, CWU Executive Member went one step further by hurling herself out of a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money for the CWUHA-supported Kilima Hewa School in Moshi, Tanzania.
“Well, it was 3rd time lucky with the Lancashire weather, and I finally got to 'jump' on Sunday 24th November. Whilst the two postponements played havoc with my nerves and adrenalin levels, they were a blessing in disguise for my fundraising - and for the kids at the CWUHA sponsored Kilima Hewa School in Moshi, Tanzania. I am so thrilled to say that, beyond anything I had hoped for; I have now reached my revised target of £1,500.
The whole experience has been amazing. The fabulous support of my CWU colleagues, friends and family has truly "raised me up" (sounds corny I know, but true!). That said, my immediate family continued to show their solidarity "remotely" and, even on the 2nd & 3rd attempt, couldn't bring themselves to come and watch me hurl myself towards the ground from 15,000ft. I can't think why!
The freefall was breathtaking (literally). The senses overload as I fell for approx 50 seconds at 120mph and -10 degrees (I'm told) does a bit more than catch your breath. But, when the shoot opened and you have about 6 minutes to soak in the view and the sense of achievement, it is out of this world. I was even allowed to steer myself for a while and promptly turned 180 degrees, away from Blackpool and towards The Lake District (too many memories of former NCU conferences came to mind and, if I was going to die, I didn't want it to be in Blackpool!)
Thank you to everyone for their support (moral & financial). When Mr Massawe, the Head Teacher and owner of the farmland, where the Kilima Hewa School is built, messaged me to say "Well done and Thank you on behalf of the children", on the evening of my skydive, I thought my heart was about to explode, and I'd have willingly done it all over again for him.
One day I hope to pluck up the 'emotional' courage to actually visit the school and meet the children who we have helped to have a better future, or maybe climb nearby Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise more funds??! Watch this space . . ! !
Alex Pearson, the CWUHA Project Manager with responsibility for the school said “Julie is a veteran fund raiser for CWUHA but she has never done anything this extreme before, which has resulted in her raising an amazing amount of money that will be spent on sponsoring children’s education, buying uniforms, books and equipment for the Kilima Hewa school – Julie you are one in a million”.
You can still sponsor Julie by sending a cheque made payable to ‘CWUHA’ writing Julie on the back and sending to ‘CWUHA, 302a Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 8AY.
CWUHA Charity Hike
On Saturday 21st September, a small, but, as they say, perfectly formed, group of CWU T&FS Executive Members, Branch Reps, family, friends and one enthusiastic pup, embarked on a hike over the Longmynd Hills in Shropshire. This annual event (now in its 4th year and already most definitely a firm fixture in the diary for next year) has become a much loved, and valued, tradition for everyone who participates.
Strong friendships have been formed, or sealed, during this weekend of "glamping", BBQ-ing, and, most importantly, walking - all in the name of fundraising for the CWUHA, It has always been billed as a 20 mile sponsored hike. However, GPS tracking has confirmed that the route taken is actually 22.5 miles - but what are a couple of miles between friends?!!
Even CWU NEC Member, Julia Upton's, 1 year old puppy, Buddy, (who had never walked more than 10 miles previously) entered into the true charitable mood and won over the least dog-friendly within the party, with his sheer energy and instinct to protect and round up all members of the group, continually running backwards and forwards checking that no stragglers had gone astray! If Buddy had been GPS tracked, it is suspected he had walked / ran well in excess of 30 miles.
This year was especially poignant, as all involved took time out during the walk to remember their special friend and former CWU Mid Wales & The Marches Branch Officer, Ian Mason, who very sadly and suddenly passed away earlier this year. Ian had been a key member of the CWUHA 'Happy Hikers' in the previous 3 years, and the fun and laughter, which will forever be synonymous with Ian, was recaptured as everyone remembered their absent friend and the Longmynd Hills gained an extra tree!"
Also, please see the link below:
CWUHA 16th May 2014 Convoy
To: All Interested Parties - CWUHA 16th May 2014 Convoy
We are now seeking volunteers for the CWUHA MAY 2014 Convoy –
destination to be announced.
• The convoy will consist of 6 vehicles.
• You will be away for just over 2 weeks (all drivers to be
prepared for 3 weeks away in any event)
• Each vehicle has two drivers, so we are looking for duos.
•All drivers must be confident, competent and licensed to drive
a 7.5 ton vehicle.
If selected you will be provided with a vehicle, fuel card and
insurances (not aid), it will be your responsibility to raise the
funds and aid for your vehicle. If you work for BT or RM you will
get paid release for the duration of the convoy, but be WARNED you
will have to do a lot of work in your own time i.e. fundraising,
collecting/buying aid, packing the aid into boxes, completing a
manifest, loading your vehicle, picking up and returning your
vehicle from a depot anywhere in the UK .
It’s hard but very rewarding work, and your reward is to see the
smiling faces of the children you are helping.
The selection of all convoy participants is at the absolute
discretion of the trustees. They will consider all applicants using
the following criteria:
Business Plan: You will be required to submit a business plan
that will show how you will raise the aid for your vehicle and
funds to finance your ferry and your subsistence. The ferry is
approx £550 and subsistence is £500 per driver.
Volunteer Form: All drivers are required to complete a volunteer
form and this can be found on www.cwuha.org website, please return
form via email to me at the address below. Or call me for a form to
be sent to your home address. Volunteer Forms to be returned...