When a member of our team sent a message around their community WhatsApp group about the recent Mother’s Day deed, no-one could have predicted what would happen!
The message invited people to contribute to see if the community could raise enough for one Toto Care Box…..the neighbours responded and funds were raised for not one but two boxes.
Later, a message came around the group saying that one 7 year old girl, Zara, had been finding out about the boxes and wanted to organize a football match in the hood to raise money for a box. She calculated that with 10 apartments in her block, she needed to each house to contribute 300ksh to buy one box. Invitations were sent out not just to her block but to the neighbouring block too.
The date was set and players signed up. On the morning of the match, Zara and her sister Alba helped their mum bake cookies and cupcakes before going round the houses recruiting more players and collecting registration fees.
In the afternoon, the community came together for an adults versus children match. There was a lot of excitement and energy was in full flow…it was hard to tell which side was more competitive!!
After the match, refreshments were served and the children were quizzed on the purpose of the match. Many of them were able to explain that Toto Care Boxes were used to give newborns a better start in life by equipping their mothers with essential items and training to care for them.
It was then time to count up the money raised….but before that one mother presented an extra 3,000ksh on behalf of the losing team….and her husband presented another 3,000ksh on behalf of the winners!! Another household chipped in a further 3,000ksh and then Zara announced that she had raised 6,000ksh earlier in the day by going round the houses. So the total raised through the match was 15,000ksh, enough to purchase 5 Toto
Zara had the opportunity to present her fundraising proceeds to the ladies of Toto Care Box who were inspired and overwhelmed by the fact that someone so young had raised enough to purchase 5 boxes.
At SDG, we were delighted to have the opportunity to surprise Zara at school with an SDG t-shirt as we think she has done an amazing job. Zara is a great example of how to simply do good regardless of your age by using your passion, skills and friends to help others!