On Sunday 30th July, the group of 18 children returned home, sad to be leaving but happy to be seeing their families again. On Tuesday the parents held a meeting at school and told of how happy they were, that their children had such a wonderful experience.
The children were all running around smiling, talking about their fantastic holiday in England. They wanted to pass on a very big thank you to everyone who had made this possible and said they were amazed at the generosity of the English people and how even the second hand clothing, was of such good quality. The children have made Memory Books and will always have these to look back upon, as a permanent reminder.
The clothing given on arrival has mostly been donated to us via their charity shop for which, they are very grateful. They continue to collect clothing and good quality second hand trainers and shoes covering ages six to 12 years, as with a second group coming in December and planning already underway for next year’s summer group, they need to start collecting right away.
They thank their host families for their work in this project and also the many people who support them throughout the year, raising funds to enable them to bring the children and providing sponsored outings and giving their time to arrange events for them during the visit, providing valuable dental services free of charge, collecting clothing, donating medicines to take home and many other items, which all benefit either these children or those at home in Belarus.
NMCC, who have been involved with the program from the very beginning, took the children on a fun filled day to Easton Farm Park. MSDC provided a great morning pond dipping and a slap up lunch at Angels Coffee House. Beeston’s Coaches of Hadleigh took the children to Chessington World of Adventure.
Stowmarket Lions sponsored a great activity at Planet Laser in BSE. So many local people have contributed to their cause and supported tthem in many ways, with donations and gifts for the children and via their charity shop.
On Sunday 27th August , Elizabeth will once again travel to Belarus as part of a group visit, on a fact finding tour for one week and several people from Suffolk will be coming with her, so not only will they be able to see the real Belarus, they will be able to visit with children they have hosted over the years.
She will bring back news and updates for everyone in the next newsletter.
For more information, visit: www.ccllmidsuffolk.org.uk.