On Friday 28th October from 3 – 5pm there will be a very special Halloween Party at St Alban’s Church Hall in Westbury Park.
The Party promises to be brilliant fun for children and families and includes a fancy dress competition, face painting and Halloween-themed games, such as “mummies”, ‘ghost’ bowling, pumpkin races, guess the numbers of worms and more!
But, as well as being great fun for all who come along, the party will also be fundraising for an ongoing project organised by the UK based charity, Play Kenya, which helps children in Kenya who have suffered trauma and loss through play therapy.
This project is Rafiki Mwema, a safe house for children as young as 2 to make sense of the damage and trauma experienced from horrific sexual abuse, often from their parents.
Rafiki Mwema – which means ‘Loyal friend’ – provides a home, therapy and support right through to supporting schooling, apprenticeships and re-integrating back in to ‘normal’ life and living. It also provides support through the court system, access to medical treatment and essential therapy.
The Halloween fundraising Party has been organised by Antonia Furlong, a Bristol mum who discovered the charity and the work that it does several years ago.
“It didn’t take long before I too wanted to help and as a mother of two young girls it became a cause that struck a deep chord within me.”
The Halloween Fundraising Party is not the last piece of fundraising that Antonia will be doing for the charity, however. In January she will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise more money for the girls at Rafiki Mwema to raise awareness and shed some light on their needs.
Following the trek, Antonia will be able to meet the girls and see the extraordinary work that is done to turn their young girls lives around.
“This journey for me is a very personal journey of healing by helping others as I have suffered from post natal depression and post traumatic stress disorder after the birth of my second daughter.
“It’s been a long and tough journey and this chapter is now one of completely turning my life around and to help bring some hope and joy into the lives of those who really need it.”
Climbing Kilimanjaro is no easy feat and Antonia is currently in training for the trek which includes circuit training twice a week with Shine Coaching at St Ursulas, Henleaze and she is also doing 10-16 mile walks each weekend with the Bristol Ramblers!
The Halloween Fundraising Party is all about providing lots of fun for children at Halloween during half-term and to also help some less fortunate children at the same time.
The event will also be an opportunity to bring together parents and children in the community and let them all get into the Halloween spirit!
Entry is £4 per child – a one-off fee which covers all activities – and children under 3 are free as are the parents. Each ticket holder will receive a free treat bag, too! Refreshments such as tea, coffee, cakes and nibbles will also be available for sale.
Please come along to this Halloween Fundraising Party and help raise money for Rafiki Mwema – all children and families are welcome along!
If you would also like to sponsor Antonia on her Kilimanjaro trek, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/2s9tcrmk.