This letter from supporter Yvonne Butcher explains what got her and her friend Cheryl involved in fundraising for the African Oyster Trust, and why they continue to support our work:
"Cheryl and I have been friends for a very long time and have a tendency to like the same things so; our visit to the Gambia was no exception. We both fell in love with the country and the people from our very first trip.
"Like everyone else, we watched the TV coverage of the poverty in Africa and the suffering experienced by malaria with often fatal consequences. None of this prepares you for the reality of the situation when you see it for yourself.
"After our first trip to The Gambia, we deciwe wanted to do as much as we could to help. So, on returning to the UK, we got together with some fundraising ideas and have, to date, raised £800 through quiz nights, boot sales and discos. Our fundraising continues in earnest during 2012 and the foreseeable future.
"We feel that personally giving the money directly to Kira Dalton and the African Oyster Trust, we can be assured that it is distributed where it is needed the most. We wish Kira and the hardworking team our good wishes and long may they continue the great work they do."
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