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We can now take text donations

click for info MobileGivingText By Vodafone You can now make donations up to £10 by text. It’s easy just text COMH18 and the amount you want to donate to 70070. So if you want to donate £3 text: COMH18 £3 to 70070.

Awesome Donation -80,000 Books!

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School library already set up with books from Community H.E.A.R.T.
It is wonderful when businesses show their corporate responsibility by helping with charitable donations, financial or in kind but our Director was bowled over when Awesome Book asked if they could donate 80,000 books to our campaign and pay for the shipment. Nat Perez, Chair of Community H.E.A.R.T. and has probably packed and sorted more than a couple of million books was also amazed by this generous gift. “People are not aware that although it only costs us around 20 pence per book, there is a lot of volunteer time in sorting and packing, costs of transport and storage in the UK. This gift means we can send over 80,000 books quite quickly and not worry about where we can get the money for storage and shipping”

Th books left Awesome Books on the 14th of April 2011 and are now on their way to Gauteng in South Africa. 

Awesome Books, which is an on-line book seller, also plan to go to South Africa and film the distribution of the books to the schools, so we should be able to put a clip on the website later in the year.

Small Charity Car Draw

For the third year running we have registered fr the Small Charity Car Draw run by the Foundation for Social Improvement (Registered Charity No. 123384) and sponsored by Zurich insurance. 

Thr prize is a Fiat 500 1.2 Pop. Here are a few reviews: 

The Fiat 500 is both stylish and fun. The modest running costs complement the engaging handling. So, this nimble little city car can be enthusiastically thrown into corners and it should emerge grinning like a Cheshire Cat.”   rencontre entre deux furets

 I love my Fiat 500 1.2 Pop from the moment I drove off in it. Great fun to drive on the motorway and in town for parking into slots others can not!”   these details What Car?

 “It’s absolutely fantastic. It drives like a dream. Everybody admires it.”  Website Fiat Forum

This is a wonderful opportunity for small charities like Community H.E.A.R.T. Each ticket costs £2.00 and we will receive £1.90 for every ticket we sell! this means for every 2 tickets we sell we will be able to send 19 books to South Africa to set up school libraries.

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Child’s Play donation for the Book Campaign

On-line book company, Child’s Play, decided to support our Book Campaign as the Christmas charity. The company donated new books that we can send to South Africa and a generous donation of £200. Maggie Dunn, Community H.E.A.R.T. Vice-Chair welcomed the donation, “It is wonderful to receive new books which will brighten the lives of children in South Africa.”

Baroness Jean Coussins joins our sponsors

Community H.E.A.R.T. are pleased to announce Baroness Jean Coussins has joined our group of sponsors. Baroness Coussins entered the House of Lords in 2007 and is a crossbencher. She has had a long interest in South Africa and supported Community H.E.A.R.T. for many years.

Co-operative Schools join the Book Campaign

One of the schools in KwaZulu Natal.

Three Co-operative schools  are teaming up to send 50,000 books to their linked schools in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The three schools, Aire Valley School (near Bradford) Campstown Technology College (near Doncaster) and South Axholme School (Epworth) are going to encourage the public to donate books for the campaign. The three schools in South Africa Makhasa High School, Kwa Giba High School and Malabela High School, all in KwaZulu Natal, will use the books to set up school libraries. Isobel McVicar, Community H.E.A.R.T. Director said, ” This is a wonderful way of students cementing their links. Though school buildings have vastly improved since the end apartheid, many schools have no school library and students have little or no access to books. A school library is a practical tangible way of changing the outcomes for young people in South Africa.

The project is supported by the Co-operative College and Co-operative Group.

UNISON Scotland Staff support our projects

Matt Smith and Mike Kirby join Denis Goldberg at the book launch in Glasgow. (Photograph by Brian Purdie)

Staff from UNISON Scotland (the public service trade union)  donated £443 to Community H.E.A.R.T. to mark the retirement of Matt Smith, former Scottish Secretary. Matt is a long standing supporter of Community H.E.A.R.T., having visited South Africa and some of our projects in October 2000. Thank you to Matt and all the staff who contributed. We would also like to thank Matt for his support and wish him a happy retirement.

Comrade Goldberg, the DVD

Comrade Goldberg - Terrorist or Freedom Fighter

We are pleased that a documentary about Denis Goldberg, our founding Director, has been published. Though Nelson Mandela’s long struggle against the racist apartheid regime is legendary, the struggle of his fellow comrades is less well known. The documentary is a moving account of Denis’s part in the struggle and that of his fellow comrades, some of whom were murdered. Copies of “Comrade Goldberg – Terrorist or Freedom Fighter” are available from Community H.E.A.R.T. FOR £10 + post and packaging. All proceeds will help fund Community H.E.A.R.T. projects.

LAMDA supports the Book Campaign

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) donated 2,800 new books from their stock for our Book and 10 Pence campaign. Nat Perez, Chair of Community H.E.A.R.T. said, “This is a wonderful gift for the children of South Africa. We only send books that are in good condition but getting new books is a great bonus. We would like to thank LAMDA for thinking about our project.”

2.6 million books for schools in South Africa collected!

We have collected 2.6 million books for schools in South Africa.