Reports on how charity work and development continues at the childrens and young women's residential boarding school in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India.
By Malcolm Harper
We have various items of news about charity fund-raising and a separate invitation to our AGM on the 26th of June. Overleaf, you will find some sobering but heartening stories from three of the children you support. In the news today we read that several hundred people have died in the current heat wave in Orissa, with temperatures up to 47.5 degrees, or 118 Fahrenheit. Our English summers are perhaps not so bad after all !
All the places for our chamber concert on 27th June were taken within four days of the announcement. Thank you to everyone who is coming, apologies to those who were not able to get places, but we plan to have a similar event next year, probably with Indian food and music. There is one minor change in the programme: Ravel's quartet in C is replacing the Italian Serenade by Wolf. If any one feels strongly enough about this to want to withdraw, there are plenty of other members who will gladly take their place.
We have two other charity fund raising initiatives:
Three Peaks for PUSS
Caroline Beddoe of Filgrave is undertaking the three peaks challenge later this month. She will be climbing Britain's three highest mountains, all in the space of 24 hours. Her team of three climbers, supported by one driver, will start the four to six hour ascent of Ben Nevis at 4 p.m. on Saturday 14th June.
Then, they will drive down to the Lake District, and climb Scafell Pike, another four hours or so. And then to Snowdon in Wales, for the three to four hour final scramble. Caroline seeks sponsorship on behalf of the PUSS charity. May we suggest ten pounds for each of the three peaks, plus maybe a bonus if she completes the ascent (and descent) of Snowdon 24 hours or less after starting the climb up Ben Nevis ? Let us know what you can manage.
Puppies for PUSS
Jet, our labrador bitch, has decided to do her bit. On 25th May she produced three exact miniatures of herself, all equally black, female, and apparently as sweet-natured as she. The father, Billy by name, has an excellent pedigree; Jet is less certain of her exact provenance, but is adjudged by all who know her to be an excellent specimen. Jet is generously donating all three puppies, and Peter Cook of Sherington, Billy's owner, has kindly waived his right to a puppy. One puppy is already reserved, anyone who can offer a good home for one (or more) should let us know right away; the price is 250 pounds each, which we are assured is a bargain.
Filgrave, June 2003, Malcolm Harper
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