A successful music quiz has raised £550 for the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship link as momentum builds for celebrating a decade of friendship between Hastings in Sussex and Hastings in Sierra Leone.
Around 100 people turned out to support the music quiz, at St Paul’s School, on Friday September 16.
Money raised will go towards the Link’s work to improve health care, education and create sustainable employment opportunities in our twinned village, Hastings, Sierra Leone as it continues to recover from Ebola and severe flooding.
Richard Homewood, chairman of the Link, said: “Our thanks go to Lesley Anne for the quiz, Head Teacher, Richard White for kindly hosting the event, to the team of people that made it possible and last, but not least, to those who came along and took on the challenge.
“Work is continuing to improve health care facilities in the village to tackle some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world and the ravages of disease such as malaria and HIV as well as improve general health care to the community.
“Work is also underway to re-establish the teacher exchange programme to help raise education standards.
“The Link is determined to increase its efforts to raise funds to help the community improve their livelihoods and build a sustainable future.
“We are working on a new strategy for our work over the next five years and are developing action plans focussed on its key themes of health, education and creating employment which we hope will help the community build a sustainable future for themselves.”
The Quiz Night followed hot on the heels of a Wine Tasting evening from the Essential Wine School toward the end of July which raised over £600.
Plans are also underway for a Christmas Concert on December 2 in St Clement’s Church with a delightful mix of music song and recital. Further details of the Christmas concert will be released in the coming weeks.
Next February sees the tenth anniversary of the Twinning of Hastings, UK with Hastings, Sierra Leone which formally recognised several years of hard work by the Friendship Link helping the community recover.
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