Oldeani Project r
"The Oldeani Project" launched
in September 2014
was The Kirk of Calder's vision to link up with the Vine Trust's work
Tanzania, and in particular to fund the building of a children's home in the
area by at an estimated cost of around £85,000 with a target date of autumn
2017, the total was in fact achieved in early April 2017 (five months early!).
Photo by kind permission
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal who is a patron of the Vine
Trust, visited the Kirk on 25th May 2017 and congratulated us on our efforts
raising £85,000. Well
Photographer's images as a slideshow and also available to purchase
Tanzania is one of the
poorest countries in the
world. There are over 2.4
million orphans in the country.
The projects supported by the
Trust are based in Northern
Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro.
We would encourage you all to share the vision of what Kirk of Calder can do to
give disadvantaged children in Tanzania the chance of a home and an education,
so that they can grow up and contribute to lifting their country out of poverty.
There is now a direct
link to the Vine Trust website Kirk of Calder page (now the target has been
reached online donations are now closed)
link to The Kirk of Calder fundraising page is:
Vine Trust A-Z of fund raising ideas
fund at its close (2nd May 2017) stands at
Major amounts came from:
list is below, every amount no matter the size was very much appreciated)
Donations by Group
Retiring Offerings £7,740
Trade Cafe £7,750
Sales, Ceilidhs, lunches, carol singing, quiz sheets £7,590
Family events £6,360
Sponsoring Individuals £3,710
Two Spring Fairs £3,340
Choral Highlights Concerts £2,125
Boys Brigade, Brownies and Sunday School £2,100
Clothing Bank £ 2,000
Bucket £ 1,980
Ukulele Group + Formby concert £ 1,575
Social Group Variety Evenings £1,425
Guild Coin Tubes £1,340
Other Concerts £ 1,260
Local Church Donations £ 7,400
Local Groups and Business Donations £5,330
Match Funding £8,725
Daily Record Article 31/12/16
Kirk of Calder parishioners raise over
£73,000 in two years to build a children's home in Tanzania
The church, in Mid Calder, launched the
Oldeani Project in September 2014 and are now well on the way to reaching their
goal of £85,000.
BY DEBBIE HALL 11:00, UPDATED14:26, 30 DEC 2016
Fundraising efforts of Kirk
of Calder. The congregation of a church in a small West
Lothian village have raised a phenomenal £73,000 in just two years to build a
children’s home in Tanzania. The Kirk of Calder parishioners have so far
raised £73,892 towards their goal of £85,000.
The church, in Mid Calder, launched the
Oldeani Project in September 2014. Its aim was to link up with the Vine Trust’s
voluntary work in Tanzania, and in particular to fund the building of a
children’s home in the district of Oldeani, near to Mount Kilimanjaro. The estimated cost of building the home is
Neighbouring churches of Livingston Old
Church, West Kirk of Calder, Polbeth Harwood Parish Church, Strathbrock Parish
Church Uphall, Harthill St Andrew’s Parish Church, Blackridge Parish Church,
Brucefield Church, Kirknewton and East Calder Parish Church of Scotland,
Linlithgow St. Michael’s Parish Church Guild, Presbytery of West Lothian Church
and Society Committee, Bathgate High Church and Chalmers Church in Larkhall
Lanarkshire , which recently Twinned with the Kirk of Calder, have all rallied
with their support helping to boost the fund.
The local community have also got behind the
project and numerous fundraising events have been held. These included several benefit concerts by
local choir The Choral Highlights, the fantastic West Calder Brass Band, Mid
Calder Primary School Choir and A George Formby Tribute Concert by the Scottish
Formby Group from Perth. Local singing teacher and vocal coach Fred
O’Neil together with his highly talented students and friends recently held two
And Last year Strathbrock Church hosted a
Bluegrass Concert at their church hall’s in Uphall featuring the Mair’s Family
Bluegrass Gospel Band from Rutherglen supported by local bluegrass band
Kirk of Calder's minister
at the time of the fundraising was the Reverend John
Povey; who said: “The challenge of raising such a large amount of money in such a
short time for such a deserving cause has certainly united this local community.
“Key fundraising events include the annual Kirk of Calder Spring Fair held in
the Institute Hall Mid Calder and the Kirk’s Social Club Variety Evening at
Pumpherston Golf Club
“Teachers and students from James Young High
School in Livingston have held dances and dress down days and Williamston
Primary School added their support with their Summer Fair. “The 1st Mid Calder Boys’ Brigade and 3rd
Mid Calder Brownie Unit have organised several events and The Boys’ Brigade 1st
Uphall Company held an eight hour bag packing day at a local supermarket.
“On their own initiative children as young
as 10 as well as adults have been actively involved in planning, organising and
achieving personal challenges through sponsored events and in doing so raising
considerable sums of money for the Children’s Home in Tanzania.” He continued: “It would seem that the
enthusiasm for our fundraising appears endless. “Every penny counts when our goal is to
raise £85,000 so we are very grateful for every copper coin that goes into our
bucket of loose change each Sunday. “Myself and the congregation at the Kirk of
Calder would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has made a
contribution to the Kirk of Calder Vine Trust Oldeani Project these past two
years. “With continued support from the local community we are confident that we
will achieve our goal by the autumn of 2017.
Anyone who would like to donate to the
project can visit
Social Group Variety Event - Friday 24th February
2107 - Pumpherston Golf Club.
Beetle Drive, September 2016
Music Event, September 2016
9th September Music Event in the Church
in aid of the Oldeani project with
Ibiyemi Osinaike, Amy Hawthorne
and Peter Adams
Pic from May Fair
14th February 2016 Special Service for couples married by Rev Povey
between 25 and 35 years, with some family members also attending.
had by all, service of thanksgiving for marriage, then cake and photographs
and lots of fun, laughter, and shared memories.
Many thanks for generous
donations given at the service amounting to £1,425 for our Oldeani project
4th Jan 2016 Nativity
collection £224 - (photos below)
Photos from the
Christmas Nativity service 2015
2015 Guild members have been collecting £1 coins in "Steradent"
tubes and have raised £340. Well done! - (Some even have their own
April 2015 - Variety & Fundraising Evening held at Pumpherston Golf Club.
final figure raised from the evening was £655. Everyone seems to have
enjoyed themselves and the acts were all first class!
April 2015 Easter Service - Bonnets/LoudTies/ Cards raised £130.00
the Spring Fair raised £2,074
Bluegrasss Gospel Concert raised £926.00 held
at Strathbrock Church Hall.
number of members of the Kirk of Calder congregation joined with members from
Strathbrock Church to enjoy a Bluegrass Gospel Concert to raise funds for the
Oldeani Project. The evening consisted of an opening set by local band
Albakirkie before the Mairs Family Band performed both in the first half of the
evening and the second half after a wonderful refreshments interval laid on by
the members of Strathbrock Church. The Mairs Family band are well known not only
in this country but across the world and their contribution to the night was
first class. Between this event and a Souper lunch, Strathbrock Church has
raised £926 to donate to the Oldeani Project and our thanks go to them for this
and for supporting the project.
5th February 2015 Fundraising Concert held in the Church hosted by the Kirk
of Calder Ukulele Band featuring The Scottish Formby Group (£1,102.22
Some Photos from the Scottish Formby
Group Ukulele Concert held in February 2015
Donations -Full List
Last October an Easyfundraising page was set up for
the Kirk of Calder to help raise funds for the Oldeani project. Using
easyfundraising is a great way to boost our funds and it
doesn't cost you a penny! Simply by shopping online through the easyfundraising
website, working with over 2700 online retailers including Amazon, John Lewis,
Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Expedia,and Jet 2 Holidays to raise money for
So far we have raised
and have 30 members of the congregation using the site
we need more! So next time you shop online please do it via the Kirk of Calder
easyfundraising page. If you download the software it all happens automatically
as you surf. Watch out for the article in the next Church magazine for more
Our cause page is www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirkofcalder/ visit it to get all the information you need to join, and to
download the software.
2014 the cafe raised £2,270
for the vine Trust.
The Cafe is
open every Tuesday from 10
am -12 noon in the Glenalmond Hall and has a selection of scones, pancakes, and
cakes for you to enjoy with your Fair Trade tea or coffee. If you like to meet
with friends for a cuppa, do come along any Tuesday morning.
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