As one of it’s chosen charities, The Spectrum IFA Group is supporting ‘Village by Village‘ in 2017. We were delighted to receive the following letter and photos from it’s CEO Neil Kerfoot. Their mission is to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children living in poverty in remote rural African villages.
The Spectrum IFA Group supporting Village by Village
Hope you are happy & healthy.
Thanks again for the donation to the solar homework lights project, we asked one of out staff to pop around to a pupil’s houses at night just to see how the children were getting on with their solar lights. We sometimes find we offer solutions to issues in the community the community then finds interesting added value additional uses for the items we provide.
We asked one of the pupils on the solar homework project to write in his own words how he found the solar lights.(See Below with photo’s, his Mum looks like she is not to be messed with!) In this case the little boy mentions he uses the light at night to go to the loo. This is really important not to see where you are going but to let the snakes know you are coming so no one gets any surprises (including the snakes, giving then time to slither off). Snake bites at night are a problem in Ghana especially in children who because of their smaller bodies can not disperse the poison as well as fully grown adults.
“It helps me to learn. I also use it when I have to visit the toilet in the night. Thank you village by village for this light that helps me to study at night. It helps in some of the domestic things we do too. Richard aged 13 Pupil from Abenta Village School, Nr Adowso, Eastern Region, Ghana. (The photos are all a bit staged but what was nice and you can not tell from the images is the visit was a surprise but before we were allowed to take any photos both Mother and son wanted to put on their best clothes for the photos/you to show they were worthy of your support)
The Spectrum IFA Group co-sponsored NADFAS lecture
The Spectrum IFA Group co-sponsored an excellent NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) lecture on 19th October at the San Roque Golf & Country Club on the Costa del Sol. The Spectrum IFA Group was represented by one of our local advisers, Charles Hutchinson who attended along with our co-sponsor Paul Ellis from Currencies Direct.
The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local societies and national events.
With inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the country’s top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, NADFAS is a great way to learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.
At this event, over 130 attendees (all our target market) were entertained by a talk on The Life and Work of Henry Murphy, one of Britain’s best but most neglected Goldsmiths. The presentation was given by John Benjamin of Antiques Roadshow fame, who kept the audience gripped with his knowledge and humour. We were fortunate enough to have him agree to private valuations of attendees’ jewelry and especially any Fabergé items before the lecture.
The talk was followed by a Spectrum sponsored drinks reception which included a free raffle for prizes including a CH obtained (very difficult to find, as out of print) glossy coffee table book on Henry Murphy and his works by John Benjamin himself which he gladly signed for the lucky first prize winner. Also bottles of Champagne and Cava. Currency Direct supplied a bottle of fine Brandy and a very useful car sunshade.
All in all, a great turnout and a very successful event at a wonderful venue. The Spectrum IFA Group are very proud to be involved with such a fantastic organisation and we shall be sponsoring the December lecture and drinks reception after, when we will have Tilney Bestinvest as co-sponsors.[Gallery not found]
Spectrum IFA sponsors Freddie for a Day
His final recordings were made at Queen’s Mountain Studios in Montreux, where Freddie also lived.
As part of a number of fundraising events, students of SEG, the Swiss Education Group, a leading hospitality education network, is hosting a fundraising weekend on 14th and 15th May in Montreux, entitled Freddie for a Day, to celebrate his life and raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
The Trust was established after his death and focuses on HIV awareness and prevention with a focus on young people in developing countries.
Spectrum is a sponsor and one of our Swiss-based advisers Chris Eaborn, will be attending on our behalf.