Piera Lauria from Milan, who visited the Happy House last year with her partner Oscar and son Mattia, organised a cracking Esater event which raised more than 1000 euro for our family.
Piera says: "I'm really very happy after Easter Egg event was a great success.
As most people purchase chocolate eggs at Easter, we were hoping that by making our fundraiser it would be easier to sell and in some cases replace eggs that would have been bought anyway.
During the bazaar at the kindergarten in Gallarate (Crenna) attended by Mattia we did a brilliant job, I'm totally excited at how great the bags filled with Easter eggs and lollipops looked!
The teachers also encouraged children to draw their own Easter pictures to be put on the bags and they told them about Happy House and its mission.
With other mothers we set out nicely decorated and organized tables. Federica, a mother of a child attending the kindergarten, with a special art quality created two big trees: our school and Happy House. We've had the kids of Watamu and our children as leaves.
Marina, Lella and Michela decorated all the bags with coloured ribbons…their work was terrific! Well done, girls!
We had positive feedback from the families and the kiddies were so proud of having their colour drawings on 'something very special'. Expressions Bags with Easter eggs and lollipops have proven to be a fantastic fundraiser, a project that staff, families and kids absolutely loved being involved in. Our bazaar profited close to € 955= (that's a big fundraising profit for us!) + € 245= donated by the Parents' Association of the Scuola Materna di Crenna (Gallarate, Varese); it was way above what I had expected and all the bags and lollipops were snapped up within a few days.
A huge thank you for all the help and advice in getting our bazaar to all the people involved in this Project.
We would like to know how you will use the money as during the Summer Kindergarten Festival I would tell the people attending how we have been useful to the Happy House and remind all them that we can still do a lot for the Children of Watamu.
We still want to make a difference!
Also the jumble sale out of the kindergarten has been striking!
My brother, Luciano, bought 16 bags of Easter eggs to be donated to his selected Clients (I'm very proud); Elena and I sold a lot of bags to friends and colleagues! "
Piera says that once the money is all counted they should achieve a total of around 1600euro.
That is a eally incredible figuire, thank you so much Piera (pictured with Oscar and Mattia at the Happy House last year) and to all her helpers for helping us by raising the funds we so desperately need. Thank you also for spreading the word about the work being done by Mama Sue and the Happy House. As soon as Mama decides how the money will be used we will, of course, let you.
Lots of love and smiles from all our family.
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