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Everyone has at least one special Gift don’t they? Can you tell when someone’s lying? Can you add up like Carol Vordeman? Can you name every manager in the Premiership? Are you so sexy you can raise the heart-rate of our (married) presenter by more than 5bpm?
On Thursday October 31st we’re hosting a groundbreaking new fundraising event for The Gifty Foundation called Gifted? It’s not a charity quiz night, it’s a full-on live gameshow spectacle with a mildly cheesy presenter, a pile of prizes (think Bullseye), trophies, and twelve teams of ten (you lot), battling it out after some free food and drink to become 2013’s Most Gifted.
It’s going to be an evening of fun, foolishness and great generosity. You’ll be fed with incredible modern Ghanaian flavours courtesy renowned pop-up restaurant Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.
You’ll be looked after by our hosts and most importantly, you’ll help us raise £20,000 we need to launch the first phase of The Gifty Foundation’s sickle cell education and testing programme in Ghana next year.
TABLES / TEAMS OF TEN
If you know 9 other people that would make a good team, make yourself Team Captain and buy a table now. Get your credit card out and buy a table (£1000 through Paypal), then get your friends to pay you back.
If you’re a smaller group, or on your own, buy individual tickets (£100 each, Paypal) and we’ll match you up with some great team mates.
If you can’t come but would like to buy a ticket anyway, or if you want to buy a handful of tickets, please click here to make a specified donation through Paypal.
Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute to get your tickets, the auction event totally sold out in May and this will do too! Just reply to this email if you have any questions or you want to organise payment by another method.
Tom, Jess, Kit, Muffin, Kwame, Helen, Joe & the whole Gifty Foundation team.
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— Sandra Dee, Accra, Ghana.
— Gifty Foundation Focus Groups, Ghana 2012-13.
— Gifty Foundation Focus Groups, Ghana 2012-13.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
You haven’t heard from us for a while, but we’ve been busy. Over a year has passed since we officially launched the Gifty Foundation at the Africa Centre in London so I felt it was about time we give you a little update on the work we’re doing.
Over the course of the year we became a registered charity, established a board and then hired a research company in Ghana to run a series of focus groups across the country in order to gauge attitudes, awareness and knowledge of sickle cell. A few weeks ago, Helen Platt who coordinated the project for us, completed her report based on those interviews. The results are illuminating and concerning. There is scant knowledge and almost universal misunderstanding of how the condition works. Very few people know their genetic status meaning that some of them will have children with sickle cell without having been aware of the possibility. Given that this is arguably a bigger problem in Ghana than HIV, why sickle cell gets such low levels of attention and investment is still puzzling to me.
One of the research insights was that those few people who knew about sickle cell and had tested to see if they carry the genetic trait, had done so because someone they trusted took the time to explain it to them. We’re now embarking on a pilot project which involves making a short film with a series of well known, respected people from sport, entertainment, even politics, who will explain the issue and encouraging young people to take a simple test. When shown in classrooms or community centres, we’re then giving them vouchers to take a free test. Counselling is then made available after testing for those who test positive for the trait.
The aim is to measure the effectiveness of that approach, and to gauge what portion of people shown the film will take a test, and where they will choose to go for that test - clinic, pharmacy, community centre etc.
Once the pilot is completed we hope the results will provide a business case for much greater investment from organisations like the World Heath Organisation, UN, the Ghanaian Government and corporate donors. We intend to roll out the programme regionally, then nationally, while simultaneously publishing our handbook for other organisations to use in their own countries. We’re going to ‘open source’ the results.
In other good news, we’re having a fundraising event later in the year in London, and we’re aiming to use that money to make the film and do the pilot in December or January. The event is in the planning stages and already looking like a lot of fun, so stay tuned for an invite soon.
I wanted to firstly thank you for your support and secondly ask that you keep supporting us. For the next year every penny counts and we’re grateful for anything you can give through the donate button on the right.
Chairman, The Gifty Foundation