Sunday, September 6, 2015

Raffles, Roses, and 'A Night of Smiles' : London's elite Chelsea Club opens its doors for Ugandan kids.

raffles1The Raffles Club in Chelsea, London     has numbered amongst its former members Royalty, Politicians, celebrities and several generations of established families and has welcomed everyone from Princess Margaret, Earl Snowdon and Lichfield, the world-renowned American singer Barbara Streisand to the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In the early 70’s the club continued to enjoy the patronage of the highest levels of English society and on one occasion the Queen herself attended, together with Prince Charles and Princess Anne, for the 21st birthday party of the grandson of the Earl of Mountbatten . Previously described as “a darkened , noisome centre of nightlife for the better-heeled Chelsea folk” the raffles3club has always provided a combination of services, from drinks to food to dancing but dinner ceased to be served in the 1980’s and has over recent years been best known for its dancing and drinks offering. Members enjoy the club for its exclusivity and luxury, as well as its music, which lies at the core of the club and Raffles attracts some of the best acts and DJs in the world. Under the watchful eye of the club’s management the club will be celebrating nearly half a century of existence. Smiles Uganda is a Rose Charities program in Africa  supporting poor Ugandan children's education.This is the sixth year that events have been organized to support the program . Funds raised pay school fees for children who would not otherwise have access to education . Already the first graduate, [caption id="attachment_879" align="alignright" width="300"] Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara with sponsored kids Uganda Happy Ugandan kids with Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara[/caption] Amos Alwa, has enrolled in Kyambogo University specializing in civil engineering! Rose Charities UK and the Smiles Uganda program are run entirely by volunteers, so 100% of your donations go directly to benefit these incredibly worthy kids!  Gift Aid augmented donations are possible and appreciated.   It is a rare opportunity to be entertained at the legendary Raffles Club for such a relatively low entry , almost all of which will go to an amazing and hugely needed cause. Donations (including downloadable Gift Aid form)  via
(nb Canadian donors may donate to the Smiles Fund and receive tax receipts at Click on Smiles in the drop -down menu
 raffles2This evening  event. is being held at Raffles 287 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5EW Friday September 18th, 2015 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM . Come and enjoy a splendid cocktail party and canapĂ©’s night with some of London’s hotteTst DJ’s. Donation to charity cover charge is 25 GBP.   Tickets are available at   or    

Sunday, September 16, 2012

GrandFondo for Malambo - with love from Geoff Cross !

Dear Friends and Supporters of Malambo Grassroots,

While this time of year we often contact you about our annual Scrabble/Bridge fundraising event, this year, we are doing something different! One of our supporters, Geoff Cross, has offered to ride for Malambo Grassroots at this year Levi’s GranFondo cycling event, to raise money for our Zambian community development efforts.
On September 29, Levi's GranFondo takes place in Santa Rosa, California. Started by professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer in 2009, Levi's GranFondo is an annual, organized bicycle event with over 7,000 participants riding over 100 miles for various charities. Geoff Cross, will be collecting donations and riding in support of our ongoing education projects with Malambo Grassroots. See below for a quick Q&A about his upcoming ride and feel free to donate here.

Malambo Grassroots (MG): The Gran Route is 103 miles! How do you train for a ride of that distance?
Geoff Cross (GC): Well, sometimes a little fear is a good motivator! In general, I like to mix it up and generally stay fit throughout the year by having fun cross-country skiing, mountain biking, playing tennis and paddling. And then, for an event like this I start adding longer and longer rides up until a couple of weeks before the event. This Fondo has a ton of climbing in the route, so I have made sure to spend time riding up Vancouver's mountains, building up to 5-mile ride up Mount
Baker last weekend. Geoff, in blue, on his training ride up Mt.Baker

MG: With an 8am start and 6pm end time, how long do you think it will take
you to complete the ride?
GC: If all goes really well, I am hoping the ride will last about 7 hours.

MG: What do you think is the biggest challenge riding in such a large group?
And over such a long distance?
GC: There will be 7,000 cyclists, riding shoulder to shoulder and wheel to wheel, who will start the day incredibly excited but come with different levels of experience and bike handling skills. With a
healthy dose of mountain descents this also means that you have to be very attentive all day long. On the flip side, group riding is fast and the collective energy is inspiring, so you have to be careful not to get carried away too early.

MG: What type of bike are you riding and why?

GC: I ride a beautiful but older steel framed Ritchey Road Bike. While not the lightest or fastest bike in the peloton, it fits me perfectly and is more comfortable than a carbon bike because steel absorbs more of the road vibration and bumps than carbon.

MG: Even though you are riding in such a large group, will you be riding as part of a team or on your own?
GC: There are several of my friends from Vancouver and Flagstaff, Arizona riding in the event, and we will likely end up not riding together, as it is crucial that you find a pace that works for you when you are trying to complete a long endurance event to your fullest potential. Plus, with 7,000 riders, it is tough to stay together!

MG: Why are you taking part in this event?

GC: For one, there is amazing energy on a large ride like this which is enthralling to be part of. Secondly, this particular event takes place on stunning northern California roads, through wine country and even on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, for a stretch. Finally, the challenge of preparing for and completing a long event, to the best of one's ability, calls for focus and disciplined training and offers the reward of improvement.

MG: Why is Malambo Grassroots or Zambia important to you?

GC: I think the activities of the organization provide tangible benefits to the communities it serves. What I really like is that Malambo Grassroots' approach is sustainable, in that it is helping build local capacity around issues and initiatives identified by the local partners not imposed by foreign benefactors who, while well intentioned, are unlikely to be familiar with the cultural context necessary to get the best outcomes.

We'll be thinking of Geoff on the 29th and wishing him all the best for a great GranFondo! Thanks for your support, Geoff. We really appreciate the 103 miles you are putting in for Malambo Grassroots!

We are grateful for Geoff's support and welcome any further donations to continue our education work in Zambia. We are currently funding over 50 students in highschool and university and your donations will help provide for their scholarships and school supplies. To donate, please see our website for details. 100% of your donations go to our work in Zambia.
Feel free to add a note or comment to the donation that it is in support of "Geoff Cross, GranFondo ride". To read more about our current education projects, click here.
We will be sending out a newsletter soon with updates on our other projects on Zambia, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments to

Moorings Farm, Monze, Zambia

Thank you!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Social Enterprise Seminar: Vancouver, Sept 2012

The sparrow is an industrious, enterprising and adaptive bird. Its giant depictions in sculpture are thus an appropriate backdrop to the Rose Charities Social Enterprise Seminar to be held on  Wednesday 12th September at the Creekside Community Centre (see map),  Vanouver.

While not being a purely social enterprise focused organization, over the years many social enterprise initiatives had been, or are being initiated in many of the Rose Charities.  At project field level such include,   brick-making, chicken farming, vegetable and fruit marketing, bee-keeping,  English teaching, paper-flower making, paid health services subsidizing those for poor, handicrafts, education,volunteer tourism and micro-credit schemes At the donor level there are programs involving direct sales, with charitable spin-off,  real estate schemes with charitable components, and sale of imported art goods with profits returning to projects.

Representatives involved in all the above ideas and programs will be at the seminar, and countries involved include,  Uganda, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Canada.

The seminar will include a session for brainstorming and discussion. All who are genuinely interested are welcome.

6pm-8.30pm Wednesday 12th September.  Creekside Community Centre (Olympic Village, False Creek, Vancouver).  Pay parking is available underneath the centre.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mayan Project Dinner: Wed, 5th September, 6.30. Vancouver

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of

The Mayan Project

6:30 p.m.
Wed., September 5, 2012

at the home of
Barbara Small and Leonard Schein
4653 Drummond Drive, Vancouver

$125.00 per person ($75 tax deduction)

Proceeds support the community school in
Huixoc, Guatemala


Menu favourites from Trafalgars Bistro
 donated by Stephen Greenham and Lorne Tyczenski

Selected wines

Traditional Mayan cuisine and music
by the Ramirez Ruiz family

For event details, or to make donations to the Silent Auction,
Please contact Ellen Coburn: 604-833-0849

A member project of Rose Charities.