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It’s long past midnight now in Kathmandu but I write from the transfer lounge in Abu Dhabi and will most probably have landed in Dublin by the time you read these lines. Who knows – I may even have reached my final destination of my hometown of Clonaklity where this year’s annual fund-raising trip is soon to kick-off.
It promises to be significantly different to my trips over previous years thanks mainly to the generous support of Etihad Airways who have very kindly provided us with complimentary flights this year – the one I’m currently mid-journey on right now and those two of my Nepali colleagues will be taking next month to join me on this year’s school visits and fundraising presentations.
Needless to say, Etihad’s incredible support is of immense value to the proudly low-budget grassroots organisation just-one continues to be and it’s central to helping ensure that the valuable funds raised over the next couple of months can be applied directly to the very core of our work in Nepal, rather than on secondary expenses.
I’m confident too that the presence of Sati and Bimal this year will prove invaluable in helping our slowly growing army of loyal supporters back in my native West Cork to gain a better and first-hand experience of the important work they’ve been so kindly empowering just-one to engage in over the last 10 years.
More about all that over the weeks ahead I’m sure but, for now, I’ve got a connecting flight to Dublin to catch so I’d best wrap this up lest I miss it! Huge thanks again to Etihad for coming on board and supporting our work in such a meaningful and valuable way by sponsoring our flight requirements like this. It goes without saying too that I also echo equally huge thanks to all those who’ve supported our ongoing efforts to date.
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So, with a new week already well under-way here in Kathmandu, a second decade has finally dawned upon just-one‘s humble operation! Saturday last, July 5th, saw our incredible team of staff host a truly beautiful party for dozens of children that we currently support and their families, all of whom were happy to come by to help us celebrate our big day – along with a number of past beneficiaries too, who we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.
It really was a wonderful day of signing, dancing, infectious laughter and beautiful smiles and was thoroughly enjoyed by the 100+ in attendance. As occasionally happens, knowing the individual backgrounds of so many of these children, I found myself in complete awe of the sheer resilience that shines through with each of their magical smiles. Smiles that never fail to help the entire just-one team to reaffirm just why it is that we do exactly what we do!
I’m hoping to get my hands on the various photos that were clicked on the day by a few friends who came by to kindly lend us their very valuable support and I’ll do my very best to share the best of those smiles with you over the next few days. For now though, I’ve got something even more special to share with you here - an appropriately ‘happy’ music video that’ll take a mere 5 minutes of you time - but could potentially add years to your life simply through the benefits of smiling! :o) If you enjoy it half as much as we imagine you might, please do help us in sharing it wide and far.
^ just-one‘s most recent 5-minute contribution to global happiness! ^
If you’ve contributed towards the work of just-one in any way, shape or form over the last 10 years, then you can watch the above video with the warm pride of knowing that you’ve helped us to achieve what we’ve achieved. If you haven’t, then don’t worry and know that it’s never too late to support our important work. It doesn’t take much to make a difference and you can rest assured that whatever assistance you might kindly choose to give us, will be hugely appreciated by all here.
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With July 5th next marking just-one‘s unofficial 10th birthday I’d like to take this opportunity to invite our friends and supporters from around the world to help us mark this somewhat momentous occasion by joining in our impending celebrations. We realise that simple matters of geography and the generally high cost of long-haul flights obviously mean that the vast majority of you won’t actually be able to join us in person, but we’re nonetheless hopefully that many of you will be willing and able to at least join us in spirit on this very special day.
If, like many folks, you like nothing better than an excuse to party then perhaps our cheeky birthday wish that we’ll be able to encourage as many friends and supporters as possible to use the occasion to kindly engage in some much needed fundraising on our behalf, then Saturday, July 5th next may well be the perfect opportunity for such a celebration…
A fund-raising BBQ with family and friends if the weather permits, or maybe an indoor coffee morning or afternoon tea party if you’re bound by rain patterns similar to Kathmandu’s monsoon. Invite a few friends ’round for dinner and explain the logic of the 10-candled cake you sell them for desert. Just 1% of your business’ profits our big day, or a quick whip-around amongst your colleagues at work and kindly donated in lieu of a birthday card. Suggest a sponsored sleepover or silence-athon or whatever to your own kids, or support these two brave young ladies who’ve already committed to jumping out of a plane in support of our work, or follow their lead and arrange to do likewise! Maybe a collection bucket on the bar counter of your local for the evening, or spend the night at home with the telly and simply make a once-off donation of the few quid you’ve saved.
The potential suggestions are as endless as the actual possibilities, but you’ll know best yourself just what you’ll be able to undertake on behalf of just-one and help our second decade start off on a positive note! As it’s good to be able to explain to people what you’re raising the money for, you might find this 3-minute film from last year helpful in that regard. There are another few films we had made over the years that can be found here that could also be of use if time permits and you’ll find information on the various ways to get money to us here on our Make a Donation page.
No need to RSVP but we would absolutely love to hear from you. so please feel free to share news of what you might be planning to do in our honour. It would be great too if you could help us spread the word wide and far. We’ve a facebook page here just waiting to be liked and shared, and the more people that know of this here website and sign-up for updates the better, so please be sure you’re as loud and vocal as you like about your support for all that just-one does! We certainly appreciate it and think that you’ve got every right to be proud of it too – especially when it might encourage others to do likewise!
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