Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Revellers Love The Rain for BFiM

Friday, July 29th, 2011

bfim blues and rock 2011The Blues n Rock Garden Party was once again a huge success, with over £4,000 raised by the event for projects in Malawi. Despite torrential rainfall, revellers danced to the stunning musical acts, and continued to tuck into fabulous foods with gusto – even the power cuts didn’t stop the festival style fun at the gorgeous garden venue. BFiM aims to raise £10,000 a year, so a big thank you goes out to everyone who attended, bought a raffle ticket and of course volunteered to take part in our annual event.

Building Futures in Malawi Gets a Charity Gift From Google!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Google grant will boost donations for Football BootsBuilding Futures in Malawi has received a grant from search engine giant Google to get more people to donate money, volunteer to work in Africa and buy charity gifts on our website. The grant has the potential to boost the number of visitors to the site significantly, and more importantly raise more money for our many projects in Malawi. As you may be aware, 100% of any money that you donate goes towards our projects in Malawi – not one penny of your donation goes on admin costs or advertising, so this grant is going to be an enormous help to get more people involved in our projects and aware of what we have been doing in Malawi over the last 12 years. Thank you Google!

Your Donations Fund New School in Africa

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Lingadzi Academy - 9 mayA new school in Africa, named Lingadzi Academy Library is now possible thanks to donations made to BFiM. The land has been bought, and the architects have worked their magic to produce a resource that has something for everyone in the community. As well as building a school and library, there will be a football stadium that has been specially designed to incorporate much needed storage space without using unnecessary extra resources. There are several more community football pitches, netball courts; one of which is a showpiece and boasts a small stadium – and we will be planting lots of trees. The groundwork for this project has been going on for a long time now, and it is great to have finally secured the land and have a start date for development – June 2011!

BFiM Charity Work in Africa Gets Another Boost Thanks to You

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Charity FootballsWe’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have supported, and continue to support Building Futures in Malawi by purchasing charity gifts, making donations and signing up for charity work in Africa.  The success of the website has meant that we have just received a £500 donation, been contacted by 7 volunteers, have 50 footballs and 5 boxes of sports kit; and someone has contacted us who may potentially be donating a library! This is great news indeed, and it really does help build the futures of those in Malawi! Please keep up the wonderful support and check back to find out what else is going on with our latest project – The Lingadzi Academy in the next blog post.

Why We Need To Remember to Support Charities All Year Round

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The latest events in Indonesia have marked another spate of publicity that reiterates how important it is for people to donate to charitable causes. Whether it is through buying charity gifts, volunteering time or donating money, every little helps when it comes to helping those in need. Indonesia was at the centre of a number of natural disasters within a few short days. An earthquake was followed by a tsunami and then a volcanic eruption. These events were out of the control of all of those affected, and the resulting rescue efforts and aid highlight the need for supporting not for profit organisations all year round to make sure the coffers are not empty when help is needed most.

Unusual Auction Raises Money For BFIM Library Project

Monday, August 16th, 2010

BFIM garden Party 2010The recent Building Futures in Malawi Blues and Rock Garden Party went down a storm. Not only did a larger than ever crowd revel in the unique atmosphere that was electrified by some of the best musical talent in Colchester, the charity gift auction was an unusual turn of events. As regular guests of the BFIM music event will know, each year a cake is auctioned off to raise money to improve the lives of children in Malawi, but this year there was a surprise in store for the guests. An employee of sponsors High Position, an Essex based search engine optimisation company, offered themselves up for bidding in return for a night out on the tiles. In good spirit Kerry McCarthy was won by colleague Tobias Bowman and the pair spent an evening drinking fine wine and eating good food, followed by some dancing at a local nightclub. In total the event raised a stunning £5,900 which will go towards the latest project, building a community sports school which includes a secondary school, sports fields, community centre and library amongst many other things.

BFIM Blues and Rock in the Garden Party 2010

Friday, July 9th, 2010

blues and rock 2010The annual shindig to raise money for Building Futures In Malawi projects is to take place on Saturday 10th July, and with temperatures predicted to be the hottest of the year, it is guaranteed to be a blazing success. The Blues and Rock in the Garden party will be supplying fabulous food, delicious drinks at a licensed bar and some of the best entertainment Colchester has to offer. The musical line-up includes the Jazmine Ava Band, Audio Pirates, Jake Morely and Martin Newell, and all the proceeds raised will be divided between BFIM, Anti Slavery International and Medecins Sans Frontieres Sierra Leone Appeal. The event has been an annual success attracting throngs of happy revellers and willing volunteers in the preceding years. To enjoy a slice of the action at this year’s event buy tickets through BFIM’s Just Giving Blues and Rock 2010 page, where you can also donate if you can’t make this year’s party.

Nick Clegg Supports National Volunteers Week

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

national volunteers weekNational Volunteers Week has just come to an end; running from 1st to 7th of June, the annual event celebrates the hard work put in by volunteers to improve the lives of others. Charity work often goes unnoticed unless it is a huge publicised event, but the truth is that every day people are giving their time and their energy to make a difference all over the world.

Charity Cycle Ride Brought More Than Just Entertainment To Celebrity Hungry Hoards

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

BT Bike RideIt was four years ago that Little Britain comedy genius David Walliams swam the English Channel to raise money for Sport Relief. This year the 35 year old teamed up with a host of other celebrities for the same cause on a 1,000 mile cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End. The which took place on March 1st hoped to raise £1m which will go to ‘help people living unimaginably tough lives’ both in the UK and around the world.

Welcome To Our News Section

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Welcome to the brand new news section of Building Futures in Malawi. This will hold all the latest news stories from our charity and give you all the latest information on our projects in Malawi.