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A huge thank you to each of you who purchased one of our raffle tickets and also shared our posts to help us promote!
We have announced the winners over on facebook!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LUCKY WINNERS BELOW!! I HAVE EMAILED YOU BOTH 🙏🏻
1st PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #151
2nd PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #31
|1st Prize||Purchase your ‘A PIECE OF AFRICA’ raffle ticket for a 1 in 300 chance to experience Kenya in all it’s glory. This 7-day Safari, brought to you by Tourica Tours will take you on an epic adventure through two of Kenya’s most renowned game parks.
You and a friend could be off to Kenya on an all inclusive 7 day Safari with Tourica Tours, simply by purchasing your raffle ticket for $100, you will not only go in the draw to win this amazing prize package but you will be contributing to Rafiki Mwema’s social enterprise program to create employment opportunities for our families and the community in Nakuru as well as vocational training programs and tackle poverty.
This amazing prize package includes an all inclusive 7 day Safari including Maasai Mara and Amboseli for two as well as a $5,000 flight centre voucher to cover the flights for 2 to Kenya.
We have extended our Raffle to 2nd May 2020 so you now have more time to get your tickets!
|2nd Prize||The runner up will be the lucky winner of a stunning custom painting from HIPPOCROCADUCK
Titled ‘Jasiri’ (Brave) this is a stunning artwork that resembles the strength and bravery our girls show us everyday.
This painting is (1.3m x 90cm) and can be shipped anywhere in Australia to the lucky winner.
Do you remember the recent collaboration between us and Sienna Byron Bay? They launched the most gorgeous ‘Jamii Pack’ using 3 stunning colours taken from our branding.
They did a fantastic job of creating this gorgeous pack and they put so much work in to the entire campaign just so they could raise funds and awareness for us. They did just that and we are very excited to announce that they raised $3226.86 and it is sitting in our bank account ready to send to Kenya.
Thank you to Danielle and the amazing crew and community at Sienna for everything they have put into this campaign and for everyone who purchased these stunning colours. We are now completely sold out!!
Until the next collaboration! I love these amazing, creative people who think outside the box to support the work we do. Legends. all of you.
It’s been 12 long months since we embarked on an epic (and sometimes challenging) trek adventure to New Zealand’s lush South Island
When we decided to join “Trek for my Rafiki” to raise funds for one of the young girls at Rafiki *Elizabeth I knew it would be physically challenging but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional journey, the love, the friendship and the table climbing challenge (that’s a long story).
I knew too well the story of *Elizabeth, the abuse and trauma she had been exposed too, her arrival at Rafiki, the ongoing therapy to help her work through her past, her nightmares and the decline of her mental health. Some trauma takes a lifetime to heal. Co founder and my best mate Sarah had also told me in detail the options for *Elizabeth should we not be able to care for her long term, none of which would protect her and support her fragile state, so the only option was to almost die climbing mountains to raise money for her forever home at Rafiki Mwema’s Doyle Farm.
Rich (my husbo) and I arrived a few days early into Queenstown and started to explore. This land was absolutely stunning and calming (even the bustling tourist town) I just felt completely at ease and took on adventures (like zip lining through some crazy ass trees at stupid heights) that I would normally avoid at alllllll costs. And the adventure had just begun.
On our second night the crew arrived and it was a diverse group from all walks of life but all there for *Elizabeth – I well up thinking about that first night and realising how important this was. And what got me right in the feels is when Sarah decided to do the trek. Having survived a horrific car accident 15 years ago and many broken bones and surgeries later she continues to experience extreme pain and discomfort. She trained tirelessly and pushed through the pain so she could show *Elizabeth and all the children at Rafiki her love and commitment to them. Ok now I am crying!
The next nine days were spent huffing and puffing up mountains (well that was just me) to reach the most breathtaking views, freezing lakes (with one or two of my fellow trekkers insisting on going for a dip) that go for days and cheeky native birds that put on quite a show while their mate attempted to steal whatever wasn’t tied down.
At Milford Sound we kayaked across the still waters to waterfalls and raced playful seals. We spent two nights at Gunn Camp which was quirky and fantastic and the group really enjoyed our stay despite the bugs 😊.
At Fox Glacier we camped at the base of the mountain and listened to crashing landslides all night (I didn’t get much sleep) but it was beautiful. I gave the 3000 steps a miss and went to the pub – it was the only time I took a get out of jail free card. However I didn’t opt out of the helicopter ride to the top of the Glacier where we hiked and explored an ice cave 65 metres down – this was well out of my comfort zone and I loved every minute.
Whether we were walking, driving, drinking or climbing around tables (again long story) we were talking about Rafik and the work they do, the need for this work and most of all our *Elizabeth. And if we weren’t talking about her I was thinking about her. About why she had been exposed to such horrific childhood just because of where she was born, that she was robbed of being a kid, that she will be haunted with this forever. And it got me up every mountain. Sometimes I would be sobbing by the time we got to the top. I was sore, I had trouble getting air and I felt despair and inspiration all at once, I was so overwhelmed so many times during these ten days.
I loved every minute of the Trek, the place, the people, it truly was an adventure of a life time. And Inspired Adventures and our team leader Michelle Faithfull played a really key part in that.
The incredible team that signed up not only signed up for a cool trek to NZ with amazing people but together we raised over $50k. Yep. Fifty. Thousand. Dollars.
A few months later I was privileged to enough to travel to Kenya and join the Rafiki Family at the opening of *Elizabeth’s forever home that they called āhuru mōwai. I got to see and experience first hand the difference this project made and that Rafiki makes for all the Children that join the family, not only while they live on the farm but for the rest of their lives through the outreach program. Seeing what our small group of trekkers had achieved, a dozen people, mostly strangers, joined forces and built this young girl a future. And Rafiki Mwema created the platform for us to do this.
I fell in love in Kenya, I fell in love with the children, with the whole Rafiki Project, with the towns, with the people from all aspects from our staff to some of the children that live in town. I left half my heart there and will forever return to Rafiki.
If you are interested in joining us for our next ‘Trek for my Rafiki’ where we will head of to Sri Lanka in 2021 then please head over to Inspired Adventure’s website now and register you interest. We would love to have you as part of the team to make amazing memories and huge change 🙏🏻
Two Lennox Head mums with very different backgrounds are set to compete in the 75th Sydney to Hobart race to raise awareness and funds for Lennox-based children’s charity, Rafiki Mwema, proving it is never too late to follow your dreams, whilst standing up for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
This duo is something of an unusual combination for this kind of event, consisting of well-known travel blogger Clare Southwell and Aussie stuntwoman Marese Emanuel.
Clare is the founder of online community, Take Me To Australia and was an established dinghy sailor in her younger years. After competing around the world and sailing with two times Olympian Sarah Ayton, she left the sport behind in her early twenties – a reluctant side effect of not quite making it to the top like her compatriot.
Years later and with ego aside, Clare made a comeback to sailing in early 2019, sailing in her first off-shore racing series on a large yacht based at Southport Yacht Club, and getting back into regular dinghy racing on 15ft skiff. But it was a chance trip to Hobart that landed her a place in the Sydney to Hobart.
“During a trip to Tassie, one of my good friends was staying on ‘Magic Miles,’ a 62 ft Hobart yacht. One evening we arranged a leisurely sail with the skipper. I took the helm and memories came flooding back. That’s when I knew I couldn’t live without sailing any longer. After sailing the boat that evening, the crew told me to stay in touch and see how I went during the year.
The day I returned home I was making enquiries about how I could join a crew in Southport, the closest yacht club to my hometown of Lennox Head. Six months later I got a call asking me how my sailing was going and to see if I’d like to sail in the Sydney to Hobart. I’ve never been so excited or scared about anything in my life. I know how dangerous and unpredictable the Sydney to Hobart can be, but something instinctively told me that I needed to do it, and do it for a bloody good reason”
It was Clare’s friend Marese Emanuel, an established stuntwoman, doubling for some of Australia’s most well-known actresses, staying on ‘Magic Miles’ that evening and she didn’t hesitate when Clare asked her to start training to accompany her on this venture of a lifetime.
Whilst the vast majority of the crew are highly experienced sailors, many of them competing in multiple Sydney to Hobart’s and international races, the skipper was keen to bring a balance to their usual all male crew.
Magic Miles skipper said;
“This year is a very special race. The 75th year of one of the toughest offshore races on the international calendar and the fourth Sydney to Hobart for Magic Miles. We are there to finish safely and enjoy a very special experience with a good team. These two women bring very different experiences and skills to the boat and we’ve no doubt that they will be a great asset. It’s an exciting year to be taking part.”
“My biggest concern is the lack of sleep, with 3 to 4-hour rotations. I don’t think anyone finds that easy. In saying that, I’m absolutely determined to take this on. I really believe that it’s never too late to do what you love. Both Rese and I are mums to young kids and would love them to see us leading by example. Hopefully one day they will do the same and chase their own dreams without age, anyone or anything stopping them.”
The two women have embarked on a hardcore preparation program including the offshore/Category 1 Survival and Sea Safety course, numerous offshore races including Hamilton Island Race Week, different practice legs prior to the race, and a vigorous mental and physical regime to prepare them for any eventuality. They are both very aware that they need to complement the highly experienced team and make safety an absolute priority.
It goes further than Sydney and Hobart…
With the aim of highlighting that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, and empowering young girls to strive for their goals no matter how big they are, the two women will be raising funds for Rafiki Mwema; a charity that provides safe and therapeutic homes for young children in Kenya who have suffered horrific abuse. Rafiki Mwema was recently recognised for their life changing efforts by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The funds raised will help to provide the young girls who are ready to leave the homes, with tools and training to pursue a career of their choice. By establishing a stable job, it will allow the girls to safely rent a home away from their abusers and to maintain a level of income that will support them safely into the future.
You can make support the women’s fundraising efforts here:
We look forward to seeing Clare and Marese leave the shores of Sydney on Boxing Day and arrive safely for the New Year celebrations in Hobart.
Now that we have just about recovered, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us for An African Affair at Cloudland on a couple of weeks ago. This was the first of what will be an annual fundraising event for us, and we see it will just get bigger and bigger.
Organising events like this can be very stressful for everyone involved in the planning. Will people come? Will they like the venue? Will they have a good time? Will I cry? I think we all know the answer to that one. Will we raise the money we so desperately need to continue to provide a safe place, care and love for our children? And so on…
So, when everyone started to pour into the foyer on Saturday night my heart was pounding! So many of you. All there, for our children.
Do you know how that makes me feel? And do you know how very special you are?
Ok, so I did cry (a lot). I can’t help it, these children are everything to me and Anne-Marie, and now I know they also mean so much to many of you.
Thank you to our wonderful event sponsors, UPA North Coast, Sleepy’s The Mattress Experts and SleepMaker. It was such a privilege to have you all there so you could see just where your money was going.
What an incredible venue Cloudland was! everyone is raving about the food and service. We cannot recommend them enough.
Having every one of my board members there was so exciting! We have never been in the same room at once! EVER.
Our beautiful ambassador Constance Hall was able to make it to the Gala around all of her dance training. She was in Brisbane for less than 12 hours and we are so grateful she was able to come along with all she has going on!
I think one of the greatest highlights of the night was having a surprise appearance and performance by Kasey Chambers. What an honour to have her there to perform for us and tell us about the school she supports in Zambia > Our Rainbow House. She might just be the MOST down to earth person we have ever met.
None of the evening would have been possible without the tireless efforts of Jandi Mai & Gail Carter of Jandimai Events. They have volunteered their time over the past few months and have worked so hard and it paid off beautifully.
Having Jimmy Mucheru here from Kenya was a dream! and to have his opinion about the work we do in Kenya and to hear stories from a Kenyan was amazing. I know everyone just loved meeting him.
To my greatest influence and idol, Anne-Marie Belle. She came here straight from Kenya and impressed everyone she met. She speaks so wonderfully and the story she told about our Peter had everyone amazed. I am so proud to be by your side with our family. None of this could continue without your knowledge and guidance and amazing dress sense. May we always be a team!
and for the news you have all been waiting for!! We made a grand total of $23,390 on Saturday night!
We are so thrilled to have raised so much money. This is going to go a long way to help us build classrooms for our small girls so they can receive the education they so deserve.
We will have more news on our school ‘Rafiki Jasiri School’ soon..
Thank you to everyone who supported our event. There are so many people who were involved.. If you helped, came along, sponsored, donated, shared the event, ANYTHING please know we appreciate YOU.