And many of the ladies came wearing red as it is the colour of children's school uniform.
After a lovely meal, International organiser Irene Pollitt, who is in Abu’s sponsor family, introduced Elizabeth Gomm who was able to give an insight into Mama Sue's story and showed two videos bringing our family to life.
Before the meal, guests had paid 50p for a photograph of a Happy House child and Elizabeth was able to tell them the stories of the child they had chosen.
She was thanked by Sue Simpson, who is in the sponsor family of Abu’s sister, Sudi, and who, like Irene had in her introduction, told of how rewarding it is to sponsor a Happy House child.
She also said of how proud and delighted she and her husband, David, had been to have Sue as a speaker at the District Rotary Conference when David was district governor.
Sue presented Elizabeth with a cheque for £200 from the proceeds of the evening and that along with another £35 donations and bag sales has been added to the offline total on our Raise the Roof Appeal to cover the costs of putting a roof on our new primary school.
Many thanks to everyone who attended for their generosity and for caring about our children.
Pictures: Top, from left, Margaret Crossland (secretary), Irene Pollitt (International organiser) Pearl Harris (president) and Jean Roberts (treasurer).
Above (left) Jennifer Brooks who was taking donations in exchange for pictures of a child, and Anne Marie Lewis (right) with the evening's programme and her Happy House bag which she told the ladies she had been happily using for months.
Raise the Roof
With £3391.70 raised in just eight days, we are so close to getting our primary school roof on and finished.
A wonderful individual donation of £1,000 from a friend of our family has set us on to the home straight.
Every single penny will help to make a difference, so please if you can spare just a a pound or two don't think it won't be of much help because it really will.
You can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/smiletiles/ or send a cheque payable to Happy House to Elizabeth Gomm, 6 Burwood Drive, Blackpool, FY3 6NS.
Thank you for your kindness and, as we said, every tile bought will bring a smile!