More than 30 guests attended a launch evening to find out about a charity trek to the Sahara Desert which will raise funds for The Children’s Centre. Tour organisers gave a fascinating presentation about the trip at Noa Bakehouse, in Douglas on Wednesday [March 25] evening detailing this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.
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The Children’s Centre has appointed Fiona Dawson as its new Chief Executive. Fiona has lived on the Island for 16 years and joins the Island’s leading charity for families and children from Zurich International where she worked in Business Change and was also formerly a sessional lecturer at the Isle of Man International Business School.
The Children’s Centre is looking for businesses to support the Isle of Man’s first ever corporate charity polo challenge which takes place on July 4th and 5th at Great Meadow, Castletown. All funds raised will go towards The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects, such as the Child Contact Centre. There are opportunities for a business to become the event’s headline sponsor, or to book corporate packages to take part in the challenge matches, receive expert polo coaching, and enjoy a great weekend with clients and staff. In addition to the polo matches, entertainment over the weekend will include complimentary drinks, canapés and a buffet, and on July 4th there’s an evening soiree.
The Sahara Desert – one of the world’s natural wonders – is the destination for an adventure challenge to raise funds for The Children’s Centre in November. It’s a chance to trek across a timeless landscape and experience once in a lifetime moments such as watching the spectacular sunrise over the massive Chigaga Dunes, riding on camel trains, and getting a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the nomadic Tuaregs.
Manx ultra-running legends Rob Sellors and Ben Scott are aiming to smash the record for running the 100-mile Raad ny Foillan coastal path this weekend.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can find out everything they need to know at a drop-in session on Thursday February 26 from 5pm to 7pm. The session is being hosted by Fostering First at Bourne House, 97 Woodbourne Road, Douglas – and there will be another drop-in session at the same venue on Thursday March 26 from noon to 2pm.
If you want to support The Children’s Centre you can become a ‘friend’ of the charity from just £1 a month. Choose from £1, £3 and £5 donations per month – or as much as you like – and help fund vital projects and services, many of which rely on public donations. For just £5 or more, you’ll be eligible to take part in the charity’s monthly draw and be in with a chance of winning £100, £50 or £25 every month!
The Children’s Centre was advised in November that it had tendered unsuccessfully for the following Government contracts relating to children and family services: Residential Services for Looked After Children, Leaving Care Services for Looked After Children, and a therapeutic Wraparound Service for Looked After Children. It was further advised on 19th December that its formal Appeal against the Department of Health and Social Care’s decision regarding these tenders had not been upheld.
A team of fundraisers made it to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa as part of a charity challenge which raised £16,205 for The Children’s Centre
The Children’s Centre’s 2015 calendar is now on sale with all funds raised going towards charity projects which help families and children across the Island. The calendar is available from the charity’s HQ on Woodbourne Road, Douglas, and at and at Action, Songs and Rhymes sessions for a minimum donation of £1. It features 12 inspiring images taken by staff which reflect charitable services and fundraising events throughout the year.