Saturday, November 17, 2007

Day of Kindness raises thousands for Romania

Tristan Harris
15 November 2007
Broomsgrove News

THIS YEAR’S Bromsgrove Day of Kindness, held simultaneously in Cihei for the first time ever, has raised a massive £5,607.52 to help build a disabled children’s centre for the Romanian village.

As well as the usual Day of Kindness in the town on October 12, a host of fund-raising events were held, including a concert at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on October 11 by the Romanian Children’s Choir and youngsters from Chadsgrove School.

The concert, along with donations and other events on the day, saw £2,570 collected, a Gift Day at Catshill Baptist Church raised £2,822.52 and a gig staged by local duo Spoz and Dave at the Hop Pole added a further £215.

The Bromsgrove Day of Kindness, which urges residents to do a good deed for the day, was started two years ago by Catshill resident Phil Haynes, who came to us at The Standard to help him get the ball rolling and every year it has been a success.

This year, we were approached by The Smiles Foundation and, with the idea of holding the event across two countries, teamed up with the charity.

As well as the fund-raising here, the Day of Kindness in Cihei, which featured fun and games for the village’s youngsters and a special meal for the elderly, was also hailed a massive success.
Joan Mayo, from the Smiles Foundation, said: “We would like to thank all who helped in any way to contribute to the success of the Bromsgrove Day of Kindness and Romanian Children’s Choir Concert - including Phil Haynes, Tristan Harris and the Bromsgrove Standard, the Chadsgrove School Choir, Bev and the staff from the Artrix and Spoz and Dave.

“We would also like to thank all the pupils from South Bromsgrove High School and Chadsgrove School and staff and clients of Amphlett Hall for giving the Romanian Children’s Choir the opportunity to perform for them.

“They have all helped us to take a step towards a dream becoming reality and ‘make a difference’ for these under privileged children in Romania.”

Mr Haynes said: “It’s fantastic that so much money has been raised for Smiles - a very big thank you to the people of Bromsgrove and everyone who was involved.

“The Day of Kindness has grown a lot over the last two years and we want it to grow even further, so I’d love to hear from anyone who has any ideas for next year’s event.”
To contact Phil Haynes about the Day of Kindness 2008, call 07949 763027.

Anyone wanting to find out more information about The Smiles Foundation and the Romanian project should call Joan or John Mayo on 01527 875602 or log onto: www.thesmilesfoundation.org.

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