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2017 Update

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Maisemore gig

A very good evening was had by all at Maisemore, Gloucestershire on 30th September. Za Ellis had some Zulu friends to join us and with their help we had a go at singing "Shosholoza" - here's Bill Foster leading the Band for their rendition of some classic dance tunes and songs.

Mike Ellis did a brilliant job as auctioneer of an original painting of Madiba which he and Za very kindly donated to raise money for Helwel Trust.

We're not sure whether expenditure of calories on the dance floor exceeded the intake from all the good food, but it would have been a close call! Many thanks to Mike and Za for arranging the Dinner and dance event. We will update you all when the funds have been counted!

Helwel Hike - September 2017


More than thirty Helwel supporters and six dogs had a most enjoyable hike on Dartmoor at the beginning of September, blessed by fine weather and nourished by a good lunch in the New Inn at Widdecombe. It was wonderful to have children and also new supporters from nearby parts of Devon.

We will have raised about £2,000 in sponsorship to purchase toys and educational equipment for the creche at the Ukhanye Community Care Centre near Nqutu and Isandlwana in rural KwaZulu Natal.

Fundraising news

On 23rd April Lisa Mills ran her first marathon in London for Helwel Trust. It was a perfect cool but bright day for runners and spectators alike, and Lisa enjoyed every minute of the 26.2 mile route around London's great landmarks, starting and finishing with a smile! So far Lisa's marathon has raised just over £2,000 and there is still time to donate at

On 16th April John Sharp (7), inspired by his trip to TREE pre-schools in South Africa last October, undertook a heroic 44mile sponsored cycle ride at The Devon Dirt Bicycle Event. John is raising funds to train another pre-school teacher (£1000 raised to date!) and you can show your support at

Visit to UKhanye (UCCC) by Carolyn and Howard Mowbray - March 2017

Our friends at UKhanye Community Care Centre were delighted to welcome us, only five months after the group visit in 2016. We were on holiday in South Africa which is rather like a second home country for us as we lived there between 1969 and 1975, at the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital at Nqutu and in Nongoma.

An additional building donated by Corobricks is well used for the new creche and the feeding of the 80 or so orphans and vulnerable children. Both buildings are well used for activities for the elderly, a farmers' association, a well baby clinic with immunisations and by the church. And there are plans for a youth club. Helwel has recently paid for new VIP toilets, computer for the office, deep freeze, safe, water tank, fencing and other garden equipment. We do not pay any salaries. Everyone there and here are volunteers.

Helwel also supports the two year training of Nompilo Magubane, the teacher in the crèche, so it was particularly good to see her with 30 pre-school children having their lunch, supplied with funding from KFC and some vegetables from the Mothers Union garden. We were concerned by the lack of toys in the creche so this will be the focus of fundraising for our next sponsored hike in September.

Let us pass on a quote from our visit:
"Other donors come and go but Helwel Trust is unique in the length of its commitment and friendship"

Cyprian and Boni Mncwango with Carolyn
at the uMgungundlovu Monument in
the Valley of the Ancient Zulu Kings

The crèche at Ukhanye, near
St Augustine's, Nqutu area

The senior staff of Ukhanye with Howard and
Carolyn outside the Barker Memorial building

Howard with Gavin and Betty Wiseman and
daughter Ruth, long-term friends, supporters
and hosts of Helwel at their house in Eshowe

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