12.12.12 – The Fundraising Challenge begins TODAY!

Over the last few months the Kirknewton Community Development Trust has been promoting how you can join ‘Team KN’ and raise funds as part of the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge.  Today – 12.12.12 – is the official start date of the challenge to raise funds for youth projects, cycle/walking multipath from the village to and around Selm Muir Wood and the roof of the new Resource Centre on the old Gospel Hall site.

Some of you have already started raising funds – a big thank you for that!  Our current total is £1828.  That’s a great start with more to do!

Here are some of the things you have been up to already…

Thanks to Ian Watt and the staff at the award winning Festival Stores for agreeing to have a big orange donation bucket at the tills.  You can make put in your change or make a cash donation at this point at any time.  Thanks to the village shop for also donating the red wine for the mulled wine at the Kirknewton Family Christmas Craft and Food Fair.

Sarah Morris held a coffee morning in her house and took donations for the Challenge – why don’t you have a coffee morning and do the same?  Some people have also offered to take donations at their house party events or asking for donations to the Challenge rather than birthday gifts.

John and Alison Cunningham donated £150 (£181.52 when gift aided) to the ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Fundraising Challenge.  They are looking forward to the Resource Centre being built and are our first major community sponsor who will get their name on the commemorative opening sign inside and be invited to the opening event.  We are taking individual donations of £100 or £150 for a couple, £250 for a business.  You can also donate at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/donate/donate_b.asp?charityid=6957

Some of you have sold items on the Kirknewton Community Facebook group (a virtual car boot sale) including bikes, curtains, childrens toys and more. You can still do that and make your ‘honesty’ donation to KCDT01 £(your donation – either £1,2,3,4,5 or £10) to 70070 – don’t forget to gift aid it when asked.  Save on Christmas Cards and wish everyone Merry Christmas on the facebook group and donate your saving via text – or don’t have that last glass of wine at the Christmas Party and do the same!  You can shop online at most major retailers for Christmas and a donation will go to the challenge at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirknewtoncdt

Debi Kemp at the Post Office gave a donation of £50 from the sale of second hand books in the Post Office.  Thanks Debi.

Michael Crosbie had BOmember and donated a whole month of subs from the Boxcir class that takes place in the Village Hall.

Karen Murray emptied the contents of her attic and we were able to recycle the clothes for cash.  You can get a bag delivered direct to your door, fill it up with clothes, bags and jewellery and get it collected at a time that suits you.  It’s really easy to do!  Check out our new dedicated web page at http://www.clothesforcash.com/kirknewton.html

You have donated money at Allotment Apple Day, the Gala provided free glow sticks for donations at the lighting of the Christmas Tree, Duncan McCool’s company Aggregate provide free materials for the path clearing day at Selm Muir Wood, Mark Scott offered all the profits if you purchased a picture at the Kirknewton Volunteering Awards from http://www.photoboxgallery.com/markscottweddingphotography/collection?album_id=1600199021 , you donated money at the Awards for the dinner provided by Anne Pinkerton and many of you also attended the Christmas Fair, which included a home made ‘I Love Kirknewton’ Christmas Cake in the raffle by Nicola MacAulay and Santa’s Grotto by the Playgroup

Konect offered a free page to tell you about the challenge.  you about the challenge.   Maximillion have offered a
percentage of group bookings they get (if they say ‘Kirknewton Challenge’ – tell your HR away day departments now) and all the money raised from a day out for 12 people on 4x4s, archery and quad bikes (if you would like to go in the new year just e mail infokirknewton@gmail.com – minimum donation £50).   Local company Reservoir Logs also offered all the money from the sale of logs for the winter months.

Other events planned for the new year include a Kirknewton Golf tournament at the Dalmahoy in May.  Michael Wilson is organising the event which includes hot rolls, a game on the East Course, soup and sandwiches after the game and a winners trophy for a donation of £50.  Contact Michael at m.wilson.707@btinternet.com .  Julie Greer is planning a concert in the church with the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers (http://eurs.eusa.ed.ac.uk/) in March, a wine tasting in the hall and more.  Anyone who raises over £1000 during the Challenge gets a special plaque in the new Resource Centre!  You can tell us your ideas by e mailing infokirknewton@gmail.com or at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kirkfundraising

We hope to do street collections and packing at supermarkets and are looking for volunteers.  Again e mail us at infokirknewton@gmail.com if you’d like to pack a bag or two!

It’s important that all school pupils and their parents/carers take part too.  There is a plan to have a school sponsored walk just before the easter vacation and we would also like the pupils/parents and carers touse their own talents and come up with their own fundraising or sponsorship ideas too.  You can set up an online fundraising form at https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/fundraising/newpage.asp?charitylink=6957 and get sponsored by family and friends outwith Kirknewton and as far as Europe (as we take euros) and the States (as we take dollars!).  Some ideas can be found on this document a-z_fundraising_ideas (1)

The beauty is you can do anything.  Working together we can meet this challenge and fund our Kirknewton youth groups, multipath and Community Resource Centre.  It’s 12.12.12 – do something TODAY or during 2013 before the end of the challenge at 11.12.13!

Thanks for your support so far and your help in the future – be part of Team KN!





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