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RECENT NEWS 2011
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Sophie, Barbara, Cassila, Ricardo, Rachel, Christina, Isabelle and Rebecca volunteered to help with events, appeals and fundraising.
London Marathon 2009
Volunteers in Brazil
The Brazil Nuts
Profile of a fundraiser – Dirk Reichling - Dirk began volunteering with Task Brasil in 2007 and as part of our ecotour volunteer programme. He spent two weeks in Brazil planting fruit trees, putting up fences and improving the interior of the house. He fundraised over £2,000.
Dirk says that his time in Brazil was “amazing, because you could see first hand what a difference a small charity like Task Brasil makes to lives of the underprivileged street children” Dirk’s involvement with Task Brasil did not end there. In 2008 he completed the 3 peak challenge, which involves climbing the three highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours. He raised an incredible £3,000 and returned to Brazil in 2009 to visit Epsom College Farm and Casa Jimmy donating clothes and toys from friends in the UK.
Dirk became interested in Brazil at school and first met Task Brasil at the Southbank Festival. He started receiving this newsletter and began to become more involved, in total Dirk has raised £10,000 and we thank him for helping us to support the children of Brazil.
Ligia honoured in Rio de Janeiro City
In April 2010, the city of Rio de Janeiro granted Ligia da Silva (the founding trustee of Task Brasil) the title of Honorary Citizen of the City, recommended by Tania Bastos (Vereadora).
The title was awarded at an event called Women in Action: for a better city. This is a prestigious honour which recognises all who have played a part in Task Brasil over the last 18 years. The event was also attended by the 'Desembargador' Siro Darlan.
Many of the children living at Casa Jimmy performed a Brazilian children’s song to the top officials of Rio at the event. They were given the opportunity to say their name into the microphone. They received rapturous applause and were rewarded with chocolate milk and cheese crackers in the mayor’s parlour.
Autumn Events, 2009
Task Brasil and Casa Jimmy were very busy this past November and beginning of December 09! In an effort to help raise funds for the projects in these difficult economic times, Jimmy Page himself came to Brasil for five days of fundraising events.
Here’s what happened at each event:
Battle of the Bands – On November 28th, The British School in Rio de Janeiro hosted a “Battle of the Bands” afternoon. Young musicians and bands all played great music—some of it not surprisingly from Led Zeppelin—and a raffle and auction for Jimmy Page signed t-shirts and memorabilia was held and hosted by Jimmy Page and the British school.
Casa Jimmy BBQ – The Chevron spouse volunteer group worked day and night to put on a BBQ at Casa Jimmy on November 29th. Many wonderful businesses and people volunteered their time and generous gifts for a raffle. People who came to the BBQ got to meet Jimmy Page, eat wonderful food, watch traditional Brazilian dance and enter the raffle. The kids got an opportunity to dance along with the professionals, had their face painted, and were always happy to yell out the winning raffle numbers along with Jimmy Page.
Pocket Show – Organised by Claudio and his team from Wilson Sons supported by Carolina and Lia from Chevron. The very popular event took place at The Rock and Blues Club in the fashionable Lapa. Three bands mixed their rhythms in a special evening playing Brazilian Popular Music and Rock!
Executive Lunch – Hosted by Jimmy, the British Council Tim Flear and the Defense Attachè Willie Dobson hosted a lunch for prominent leaders in the community on - Lunch Monday, 30th November. Guests dined in a more intimate setting at the Hotel Santa Teresa, and were able to network with each other and chat with Jimmy Page in a more personal setting.
After lunch all the guests were taken for a visit to Casa Jimmy.
Casa do Saber – Casa do Sabor is a cultural/educational centre where the intention is to provide a venue for professors and students to have discussion, reflection and exchange of knowledge. Jimmy Page was interviewed by Joe Painter, Laudir de Oliveira and Eduardo Ponti in the presence of a small audience and gave an us an insight into his musical background, inspirations and plans for the future. Jimmy went on to answer many questions that the enthusiastic audience were keen to ask! Te event was organised with the essencial help of Susan Mace from Britannia English School in Rio.
Task Brasil raised over R$ 70,000 with its fund raising activities, and more money was pledged by companies such as Chevron, who plan to help with constructions and repairs of the buildings in 2010.
Thanks to all the donors, sponsors and volunteers who’ve made it possible for Casa Jimmy to continue its work for the street children of Brasil.
In these difficult economic times, we are even more grateful for the generosity of the people and businesses of Rio de Janeiro and all over the world.
Summer events 2009
Casa Jimmy has in September 2009 hosted groups from Glamorgan University, British Airways and the Royal Navy, who have all spent time with the projects and been a great source of practical help to us.
The project has also been receiving a great deal of support from Chevron's employees and their spouses who have been organising loads of fun events for the children and helping them to learn English.
This summer Task Brasil maintained the tradition of attending The Carnaval del Pueblo and WOMAD. Both these events benefitted from good weather and were a great success in terms of raising awareness of our cause and raising funds. If you would like to get involved with next year's summer events please let us know. We need volunteers to man the stalls and to help with setting up materials. Furthermore, if there is an event that you know about that you think we should attend, please get in touch with us.
The Carnaval del Pueblo is London's largest Latin American festival. Every August Burgess Park gives itself over to London's Latin American community in a spectacular display of music and colour. Fortunately, this year the sun shone all day, so nothing was able to dampen the atmosphere! The carnaval attracts an audience from every part of London's Latin American community (many of whom are surprised by the sheer size of the event) and provides a perfect opportunity for Task Brasil to inform the wider public of our work. This year we had a great team of volunteers who did a fantastic job collecting email addresses and selling Havaianas and jewellery to raise funds for our work.
Earlier on in 2009
We are delighted to announce that approximately US$ 8,000 were raised through the sale of items on eBay's Missionfish, both the UK and the USA:
Some of the items were a Gibson Epiphone Guitar, Hippie Fest signed by Jack Bruce of Cream, Flo and Eddie of The Turtles, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Jonathan Edwards, Melanie, Eric Burden and the Animals; "A matter of Life and Death" limited edtion, double picture disk. 12" vinyl LP's signed by Iron Maiden members: Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Janick Gers, Steve Harris and Niko McBrain; Genesis - Anatomy of a Tour pop up book signed by Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks; a Custom made ESP Guitar Signed by Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jimmy Page and Slash. Custom-made in Japan; and much more... We are grateful to the artists and everyone who made this event possible.
Duncan's Three Peaks Challenge
After the challenge Duncan said:
Duncan Innes is a longstanding and active supporter of Task Brasil. Duncan first got involved with Task Brasil in 1995 and has, until recently, provided a great deal of support as a Trustee, advising Task Brasil and visiting our projects periodically. Everyone involved with Task Brasil is hugely grateful to Duncan for all he has done over the years, and mightily impressed by his fundraising and hill-walking abilities!
Duncan's efforts have so far raised nearly £5,000 for Task Brasil projects. You can still sponsor his effort by visiting Duncan's Justgiving fundraising site
Helping Brazilian children to help themselves!
Animalia Food Campaign - Xmas 2006
Animalia Food Campaign - Xmas 2006
Renato Costa from Animalia in Rio de Janeiro has over the years run a food appeal at his Veterinarian Clinic. Early in January 2007 Task Brasil has once again collected a number of boxes containing food, toys and other much needed items donated by his clients. We are grateful for Renato’s and his client’s wonderful efforts!
2009 - 2010
Our special thanks go to Jimmy Page William Salomon, Gouvea Vieira, Wilson Sons, andrew Granger and EMBL for their very support during the year. Also, our great gratitude goes to Jorge Eduardo and his team as well as Ana Cristina, Roberta, Fernanda, Rodolfo, João Bernardo and Luciano.
We are also very grateful to Duncan Innes, one of our long term supporters, for giving us invaluable legal advice. A big thank-you also to Cultura Inglesa. Banco Rio de Alimentos and Sesc the Brazilian national institute "Social Service of Commerce") have donated food, sanitary products, and clothes locally. Additional donation of goods cames via word of mouth and from various friends of Task Brasil in Rio de Janeiro. As always, we need to say a massive “thank-you” to Wilson, Sons in Rio for their annual donation of funds, computers and their constant support.
Thanks also to Jimmy Page, James Taylor, Cindy Bond, Gibson Guitars, Pat Cash and Emily Cash for their help and generosity in enabling us to provide auction items for 2009’s EMBL Ball. Cindy Bond, Gibson Guitars, Johnnie Allen, and Anne Callingham, Phil Collins, and Adrian Smith and all the other members of Iron Maiden have again contributed generously towards the work of Task Brasil and we are grateful for their continuing support. MissionFish (the charitable arm of eBay) helped us to run an auction of items donated by celebrities in 2009.
Task Brasil Inc. fundraises in the US towards the operational costs of our projects in Rio.
Thank you to Chevron’s Rio based employees and their families who have provided invaluable support to Casa Jimmy in Rio since 2008.
Jonathon Murno, British Airways, AFSC and Mary Brew, Mary Berry and Sarah Webb, Tim Flear, Cel Dobson and his family, Rachael Ferreira, Paulo also gave us indispensible support in 2009.
MoneyGram; The Triodos Foundation and The Schroder Charitable Trust; The Paget Trust; The Rufford Maurice Laing Trust; The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust; The Consortium for Street Children; Audley Travel; Blumar Travel; US Navy; AT&T Foundation in the US; AT&T EMEA’s Sean Clowry; Janine Dance; Richard Munday and his friends at the Sheildaig Sunday Club; The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation; Robert Walker; Ceri Jackson, Joel Carter; Helen Winstanley, Donna Dutsch; Banco do Brasil Securities; Anne Hollinshead from Memories in Music; Paul Marwood and everyone at the London School of Samba; Lynn Lee at Good Company Publicity and finally all those who are not mentioned here, thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you!
British Airways - AFSC (Action for Street Children)
The love and friendship that the Runners bring to the children makes their visits incredibly special. Their energy, commitment and enthusiasm is greatly valued by Casa Jimmy staff and children.
Discovering Latin America Film Festival Nov 2007
The Great River Race is a colourful and spectacular annual event in which 280 or so traditional boats race for the 22 miles from Richmond to Greenwich. The picture above shows the intrepid crew after completing the race.
All appeared to be going smoothly for excellenthealth’s crew, named ‘The Business’, until they reached the Pool of London where they fell victim of the infamous ‘Tower Bridge Wave’. In the evocative words of Chris McCracken, their “slender craft was at once swamped: it keeled over, righted itself briefly then slid Titanic-like beneath the surface as the crew watched their lucozade bottles and flip flops float away”. Photographers were on hand to capture the drama of the moment.
Fortunately, the crew were not about to let a minor difficulty like this deter them from completing the course. After beaching and bailing out the boat, they set off again and completed the course in a respectable 3 hours.
In addition to organising and participating in the race itself Chris and Colin have both organised parties to raise funds for Task Brasil this summer, and excellenthealth’s efforts have raised over £10,000 for Task Brasil for which we are hugely grateful. Excellenthealth Justgiving Page
Rico, a Groove Jazz artist's support - Jun 2006
Task Brasil was Brigitte Nielsen’s chosen charity at Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother January 2005
Cornwall Conquered! Bike Ride
DAY 9 - Mission Accomplished!!!!!
Lowe Lintas & Partners Worldwide sponsored Rafael's school fees for his final year of study (A-level equivalent) when he was 17 years old. Michael was also been sponsored by British Airways and contributions from the 2000 Appeal. Both are now gown up through good education are in a position to carry on with their studies or find employment. Lenice Mancini, in Brazil, has been of inestimable assistance to Michael and Rafael.
An Electrifying Brazilian Experience! 4th Dec 2007
At Task Brasil's 16th Christmas Party guests enjoyed delicious Brazilian food, quench their thirst with traditional caipirinha and dance to live Samba music performed by Paraiso at Guanabara, the hottest Brazilian Club this side of the Atlantic.
Task Brasil’s ‘Fire & Ice’ Christmas party ,
WINNING RAFFLE TICKETS
Christmas Party 2005;
The Christmas Party 2004 was held at the Borderline in London, England, on Monday December 13th. Bands performing included Dollshouse, Monster Raging Boogie Party, and Paddy Goes to Holyhead (featuring Debbie Bonham and the drummer from Letz Zep!) and Brazilian DJ Rodolfo. Jimmy Page and ..... attended as Special guests.
A silent auction was held with signed Led Zeppelin memorabilia up for bid! Auction items included: Yamaha FG Acoustic guitar signed by Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden kindly donated by Yamaha Guitars; a limited copy of ”Led Zeppelin, A photographic collection by Neal Preston” - the only copy signed by Jimmy Page, making it a collector’s item. The raffle's top prize was a British Airways; return ticket to the US or Europe.
The event raised over £4,500 and was organised by long term supporter Jon Stone. Well done Jon!
Auction items included a guitar signed by Jimmy Page and Iron Maiden, an original Howler used in the Harry Potter films and a commissioned portrait by artist Joe Painter.
Special guests included Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Adrian Rayment of Matrix Fame and Hattie Hayridge.
Task Brasil is very grateful to everybody who helped make the parties so special, especially Task Brasil director, Nathalie Smith, who once again saved the day! We hope to see you all at the party this year!
Portrait painter Fanny Rush has graciously agreed to direct 10% of every commission that is referred to her by Task Brasil.
Casa Jimmy Painting Project Oct07
Led Zeppelin Concert Tickets!
If you would like to run for Task Brasil in the next London Marathon, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Click here to Apply to Run for Task Brasil in the Next Year's London Marathon in support of Brazilian street children.
In 2010 Task Brasil was very fortunate to have had 11 runners in the Virgin London Marathon 'one of life’s great challenges’ whilst raising money for Task Brasil. We are grateful to: Paul Fassnidge; Mark Venables; Richard Moreau; Peter Janowski; Aine Kane; Steven Lee; Jilly Mushington; Olaf Tsiquaye; Sharon Foster; Giovanni Ionta; Jon Stone and Heather Petsopoulos.
Please show your support by donating, click here TASK BRASIL JUSTGIVING PAGE and search for the runners at the bottom of the page.
We are grateful to AT & T staff who has supported Task Brasil in the London Marathon, in the past years.
In 2009 the following runners supported Task Brasil's projects:
In 2008 AT & T employees Ben Carter, Paulino Barros, Leigh Manton, Kathy Rockefeller, John Slamecka run in support of Task Brasil in the 2008 Flora London Marathon. They joined efforts with: Jo Diss Previn Jagutpal, Imelda Maguire, Roger Ayres, Angel Gurria, Linda Dennis, Marjolein Snippe and Cathy Bowles
In 2007 our 13 runners : Artur Saraiva, Hans Mersmann, Laura Cook, Manoj Jangra , Marcello Manzi, Natalie Fudge, Paul Umfreville, Paul Harnett, Rob Lee, Samantha Lucy, Sarah Hosmer de Zuniga, Una McKevitt and Stephen Derbyshire raised over £20,000. We would like to also congratulate Manoj and Hans who raised over 4,000 and £3,000 each respectively.
In the 2006 Flora London Marathon, Task Brasil had the support of runners participating in the Golden Bond scheme and an additional non-golden bond runners. All runners completed the long circuit of the marathon successfully and raised over £13,500
In 2005 Flora London Marathon some of Task Brasil Golden Bond runners setup justgiving webpages: Angel Gurria Quintana , Dino Ribeiro; Samantha Cowen, Jos van Bommel ; Jon Stone ; Beverley Russ ; Bianca Thomas ; Jenny Lambert;
In the 2004 Flora London Marathon, Task Brasil had the support of runners participating in the Golden Bond scheme and was kindly sponsored by Journey Latin America (www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk). We are very grateful to all 13 TBT runners who completed the long circuit of the marathon successfully and raised over £13,000.
In 2003, Task Brasil had 14 Golden-Bond runners supporting Task Brasil's projects in Rio. Once again Journey Latin America sponsored TBT's runners. We are hugely grateful to Alistair Ray, Audrey McGovern, Becky Newell, Damian Cronin, Emily Gelson, Gill Kenny, Graziela Cajado-Ogland, Jeremy Stephenson, John Graham, Jon Stone, Luca Cicalese, Malcolm Fry, Michael Ryan, Michelle Major and Scott Walker for all the effort (and pain!) that went not only into running the 26 miles, but also raising collectively over £11,000 in sponsorship! WELL DONE!
Rio Marathon 2007
Edinburgh MArathon !!!
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The Street Approach project will be the first step for children and teenagers still living on the streets towards reintegration with their families. Casa Roger Turner will offer street children an alternative to the violence and poverty that defines life on the streets.
Benfeast also donated in 2005 over £8,000 towards the cost of furniture and equipment for Casa Roger Turner.
We are delighted that Charlie McCusker will rund the 2005 Flora London Marathon in support of Task Brasil.
Thank you so much to Charlie McCusker, David McCusker and Kenny McKenzie for their wonderful efforts and achievements.
The Royal Navy ships have been invaluable as usual when in Rio by delivering the stocks of clothes and toys that are stored up in the UK.
HMS ships, since 1998, have regularly taken donations over to Rio. The crew members contribute with much needed labour and skills. They replace roof tiles on the Casa Jimmy annex, trimm hedges, repair windows and beds, maintain electrical work and clear rubble from the Casa Jimmy grounds. HMS Lancaster rebuilt the bridge at Epsom College Farm during their trip in November 2003.
The crew from HMS Westminster found the time and energy to organise an amazing barbeque party at Casa Jimmy, which the children, teenagers, staff and volunteers enjoyed tremendously! In Jaunary 2005, HMS Endurance also takes Casa Jimmy's children on board ship for lunch and to enjoy the company of a magician and a clown, for great fun!
Task Brasil is extremely grateful to all HMS ships' commanders, for their continued and crucial support.
The British Navy’s initial support started in 1998 thanks to the efforts of Capt Roger Turner, the British Naval attaché 1998-2001.
Task Brasil is very grateful to the efforts and help of:
HMS Cardiff - 2004
RFA Diligence -
LE Eithne 2005
The Captains and crews of the ships have carried out important and invaluable improvements and maintenance work at Casa Jimmy, Casa Charlotte, Casa Jimena, Casa Roger Turner and Epsom College Farm to benefit the children and teenagers.
Task Brasil is extremely grateful to the amazing help of the following Royal Attaché’s:
Lt_CDR_Barry O'Halloran - Irish Navy
US Navy visits Casa Roger Turner
Three Peaks August 2008 Challenge
On the weekend of the 20th – 22nd June, 2008, 13 UK-based Accenture employees joined a team from the BP HR Operations and SAP Program to climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. In total, 26 colleagues from BP, Accenture and IBM took part, with the objective to complete the challenge within 24 hours and in doing so, raise over £5,000 for three charities nominated by BP Operations & SAP Programme team members. One of the selected charities was Task Brasil
Although the challenge itself took place in June, the fundraising effort began in earnest several months before the big weekend. The team organized a car wash at the BP office in Staines, England, during which around 60 cars were washed raising £400. A raffle and auction with prizes generously donated by the Operations & SAP project team members raised over £2000. In addition a sweepstake on the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and a pub quiz raised an additional £375. These efforts, when added to donations from friends and family, BP's “Match Giving Programme”, and Accenture’s “Giving Programme” raised an impressive £10,000, doubling the initial fund raising target. Andrew Dickinson, Manager T&OP, who helped organise the event was thrilled with the money raised by all involved “The fund raising has helped bring the whole team closer together and the final total of £10,000 is a phenomenal effort. The money raised is going to make a tangible difference to three very worthy causes, with the funds targeted to help improve schooling for children in Africa and South America.”
When the big weekend arrived, the team set off from London on the 20th of June and traveled by bus to Wales where they spent the night preparing for their challenge by debriefing on their route and resting for their fast approaching adventure. On Saturday morning, the team woke early to be greeted by heavy rain and very poor visibility (conditions the team would have to endure the whole weekend). The first challenge was to ascend the 1,085m up Mount Snowdon which was accomplished in a brisk 3.5hrs. After a quick lunch, they traveled north to Cumbria to begin their 978m ascent of Scafell Pike. The team did not get off Scaffell Pike until around 11pm and as the darkness set in for the night the team returned to their coach and set out for Scotland and the tallest and toughest challenge of them all....Ben Nevis. After a rather uncomfortable few hours attempting to get some sleep the team rose at 5am, and began their 1,344m ascent of Ben Nevis. The team successful completed the challenge at 7.55am in a time of 23hrs 55mins.
Task Brasil would like to extend our huge thanks too all in the Accenture Team:
Adam Krajewski, Ajay Parmar, Andreas Binnmyr, Andrew Dickinson, Dirk Reichling, Colin Sloman, Jonny Dighe, Ken Grant, Laura Watt, Liz Puttick, Megan Kimbell, Peter Choate, Siobhan Pollock,
Great Capital Run 2008
July saw this year’s great capital run in London’s Hyde Park. Task Brasil supporters Kevin Tredea , Ruth Weyman and Richard Ashby were kind enough to run for us and raised much needed funds for our work in Brasil.
I felt that this year I will try to raise some money for the Task Brasil charity by doing the 10K Great Run in Hyde Park London.
According to Richard:
A big thank you to all 3 runners!!!
If you are interested in running for us we would love to hear from you! We have places in next year’s London Marathon so, if you are feeling really ambitious, please complete the form here and send it in to us!
Workshop of the Arts Exhibition
Notice from Task Brasil
The UK, US and Brazilian registered charity TASK BRASIL is delighted to link up with the Philadelphian Organisation for Brazilian Social Services - BOSS since Task Brasil's US office is in Philadelphia . A connection with the city's Brazilian community would increase awareness of the charity and reciprocally give the local Brazilian community another link with the homeland and its children and youth.
Fat Boyz v Task Brasil Polo Match, 24th September 2006
The Royal Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor hosted this event which was a fantastic success, featuring the London School of Samba, a Brazilian style BBQ, plenty of drinks and a Task Brasil v Fat Boyz polo match. We are pleased to say that the Task Brasil team took home the winners trophy, which was hand-painted by a Brazilian artist who also works with street children.
Many thanks to our great supporters, Roy Moëd and Silvia Costa, polo team members, who organised the event which attracted over 100 guests, and raised over £15,000.
The day was initially conceived after Roy’s 20 year old polo pony ‘Fat Boy’ underwent 3 major operations after eating barbed wire which badly damaged his oesophagus. The operations were successful, but extremely expensive, which prompted Silvia (who has been a supporter of Task Brasil’s work in Rio for many years) to question how many street children could have been helped with the money. Roy, who runs several airline businesses, became determined to raise the same amount of money for Task Brasil, and with Silvia’s help they put on a great event.
The match nearly didn’t happen due to extremely heavy rain overnight, which flooded the polo club, but after a few hours the skies had cleared and the day continued with beautiful sunshine.
Support from The Dragon School
Arkansas University - mar2007
The group consisted of 27 American individuals and one young Brazilian translator. On the way to the farm they enjoyed the stop-over at the queijaria (local cheese house).
At arrival they were introduced to the boys and local staff. The boys were divided and joined both groups. The team was divided into 2 groups and toured the farm, including a short visit to the nearby waterfall, for an hour. There was a short presentation by the farm manager, about ECF project, the region and the farm. It included visits to: the main house and the volunteer house, solar panels, orchards, fish pond (fed the fishes), the orchard, the manioc plantation, fruit trees, sweet potatoes, vegetable gardens, plot for future house, football ground, sugar cane, pineapple, and finished in the banana plantation after looking at the reservoir and spring. They harvested banana.
Then both groups met at the house and had lunch, a nice feijoada and mousse de maracuja. After that it was time for the second tour, the group who had been to the waterfall went on the farm tour and vice versa. It was a very hot day, 35C in the shade, probably 50 in full sun, similar temperatures in Arkansas during the summer.
After the tour at 3:30 pm when it was time to go, they gave presents to the boys (shirts, school material...) that they had brought with them from USA. They also gave R$ 356 and US$ 219 in cash which was a donation that the group made very spontaneously after the visit.
On the way back they visited Casa Jimmy.
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The volunteer placement scheme in Rio continues to be a great success. The volunteers stay for anything up to 12 months and make an excellent contribution to the work of Task Brasil.
At Casa Jimmy, they are vital to the running of the house, and at Epsom College Farm they are doing invaluable work. They are also supporting the Street Approach Programme.
Some of the very special volunteers are: Heike Gufler, Gina Cooper and Zoe O’Flynn, Ellie Cameron, Caitlin Griffin, Frank Maddin, Leon Pearson, Kate Clark, Emma Ahlas, David Salpeter, Aisling Flanagan, Candice D’Silva, Beatriz Rodríguez Cordero, Allegra Machiavelli, Lauren Hopkins and Keith Mein who will always be missed. Thank you for all your hard work and commitment.
A big thank you to Andrew Smith and Lee Smith and SWAY PLC for lending us their building skills at Epsom College Farm and Casa Jimmy.
Working Abroad Magazine has generously featured us in their current issue! Check them out at www.workingabroadmagazine.com
Day 1: (Land’s End to Tavistock) Cornwall Conquered!
Until today the peloton had enjoyed clear skies, dry conditions and balmy temperatures, so it was perhaps fitting that Scotland should herald the wake-up call. No sooner had we left Gretna when the clouds moved in and the incessant drizzle gave us a three hour soaking. On the plus side, the climb up the mountains to Glasgow was on a traffic free road with the perfect gradient: an ascent of 1,300ft over 40 miles. So the peloton was in surprisingly good spirits at the lunch break, enhanced by piping Scotch Broth and sandwiches made al fresco at the rear of the Managers car! All best replica handbags for women sale online.
The descent into the Clyde Valley was only marked by an unplanned excursion onto one of the many Motorways that encircle Glasgow. Otherwise, the highlight of the afternoon was hot tea and fresh cream cakes from the back of the Manager's car!
Yellow jersey therefore for Clive Green for culinary excellence.
The King of the Mountains award was hotly contested with Nepalese Nick making an early surge (hoping to grab the morning headlines in the Kathmandu Gazette). Eventually it went to Aidan Pope, although there were allegations of foul play and clandestine meetings with dubious Chinese doctors. A urine test is scheduled for 6 am tomorrow.
We arrived after 100 miles to the north of Glasgow, ready for our three day assault on the Highlands.
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