A novel read
The Wind That Blows Before the Rains is a gripping debut novel written by ex-SAS serviceman Michael Anthony. His vivid page-turner tells the story of a group of people whose lives intertwine when they are caught up in the Bush War that transformed Rhodesia into Zimbabwe. In an unprecedented move for a first-time author, Michael is kindly gifting all of the book’s profits to SOS Children’s work in Zimbabwe. You can order a copy at most online bookstores.
The game that keeps on giving
Everyone’s a winner with Baby Nom Nom, a brilliantly simple but insanely challenging new app where players must beat the clock to feed a hungry baby. Thanks to its creators Playrise Digital, 15% of net revenues from the app will help SOS Children. The partnership was enabled by Playmob, a company that links game developers with charities. Nick Burcombe of Playrise said:
“We are thrilled to be helping SOS Children’s important work. Every player will contribute to a very special cause.”
Available for iPhone and iPad, just head to the app store to give it a go.
Baby’s first birthday
Online baby clothing retailer and accredited social enterprise, from babies with love, celebrated its fi rst birthday in May 2013. With 100% of its profits donated to SOS Children, you can be sure that anything you buy will be helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Take a look at www.frombabieswithlove.org
Broadcaster’s appeal for Syria
You may have seen Jackie Long reporting on TV about the situation in Syria, a role she combines with acting as an SOS Ambassador. She has spent two decades as a journalist and presenter for Channel 4 and the BBC on shows including Newsnight and Five Live. So we were delighted that Jackie could take some time away from the cameras to speak about her current role as Social Affairs Editor on Channel 4 News at an event to raise funds for babies, children and their mothers in Syria. The event was kindly hosted in Cambridge by long-standing supporter and former Chair of SOS Children UK, Lady Chadwyck-Healey and her husband Sir Charles.
Suzgo strides out
When science teacher Suzgo heard that an SOS Children’s Village had opened in Chipata in eastern Zambia, the town where he grew up, he wanted to do something to help. A lifelong admirer of our work, Suzgo taught at an SOS school in Kitwe before moving to the UK. So in May he got out his trainers to run the 10k race at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
“It was an opportunity for me to do something special for orphaned children.”
He crossed the line an impressive 63rd out of more than a thousand competitors and raised a much-appreciated £640.
This summer, 14 teams of intrepid students from the University of Cambridge signed up for the SOSscape Challenge. After being dropped on the Essex coast with no maps and no money, they had to get home within 24 hours. To raise the stakes, they also had to take a detour via Stonehenge, adding 120 miles to their trip. Four teams made it back in time and together everyone raised a whopping £2,379.
On your marks
If you’re looking for something new to aim for in 2014, how about running the British 10k on Sunday 13 July for SOS Children?
Our dedicated page has all the details...
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