BCC Africa were thrilled with the result of the Open Garden on Saturday Oct 10. A crowd of over 600 attended and we raised over $11,500. The weather held out although it was a bit wet underfoot. You could tell the real gardeners – the ones arriving in gumboots. A huge thanks to those who attended and the many volunteers.
Our latest newsletter (Spring 2020) tells how we have been able to support Bethlehem Community Centre in Kenya during the COVID crisis. Also there are some lovely notes of appreciation from those older members we were able to assist with food and rent.
Our final fundraiser for 2020 is High Tea by the Sea at Freedom Close Carlton on Sunday Nov 29. 10- 4. Keep an eye out for the flyer in coming weeks.
Saturday August 1st 2020 a group of volunteers were to have left
Australia to visit Kenya and the children of Bethlehem Community Centre.
Sadly we cannot be with them this year but hope we may be able to visit
We have been visiting the Bethlehem Community Centre every 2 years since
2008 and our visits are looked forward to. We have completed many
projects to support the homes and school and our visits are a highlight
for the children and staff.
Follow this link for our July update – https://bccafrica.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/july-update-2020.pdf
Sadly number of Covid cases are rising in Kenya and today there are over
20,000 cases with close to 350 deaths.
We wish them all well and look forward to seeing them soon.
Chris Bennett Chair BCC Africa
Click the link below to read our latest newsletter.
Wishing you a peace filled and happy Christmas and all the best for 2020.
Thank you very much for attending events, volunteering, making donations, encouraging us and just being there.
I’m pleased to attach our BCC Summer News – please take time to have a read and pass on to anyone you feel may be interested.
BCC Africa has much to be thankful in 2019
– over 1000 people attended events
– over 30 volunteers helped out
– we sent over $50,000 to Kenya – mainly for education but also for uniforms and school shoes, a bus trip for the children, firewood for cooking at Mwea, continued improvements on the study area at Mwea, soaps and detergents at Mwea, student transport costs, living costs, fees and equipment for those doing post high school studies.
– the children’s results have been very encouraging and they all seem to be happy and well cared for.
We have lots planned for 2020 starting with an African Dinner on Feb 29th. Follow us on FB -Friends of BCC Africa, Instagram- bccafrica, or www.bccafrica.org so that you don’t miss anything.
BCC Africa hosted a very successful quiz night on Jun 29. We had many
offers of prizes, supper and drinks and raised over $9000 on the night.
Quiz Master Philip Dalwood again did a great job and over 120 people had
a very enjoyable night.
The winners were the team headed by Sally Banks who just pipped out Ange
Jenkins team by half a point out of 60 up for grabs.
Bidding for accommodation at Bay of Fires was lively and the quilt
donated by Fran Williams raised $826.
Our next function is an Open Garden at Otago Bay on Oct 12th.
Our winter newsletter is out and you can read some great stories about
the kids by following the link. BCC News Winter 2019
We have a number of students who have finished high school and seeking
support for further education. If you would like to donate from $20 up
on a monthly basis then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who support the work of BCC Africa and contribute to
making lives better for the kids of Bethlehem Community Centre in Kenya.
Pictured below is Senator Catryna Bilyk a great supporter of BCC Africa with chair Christine Bennett.
Have you read our Autumn Newsletter yet? Read about the acrobatic troupe!
We’re so excited that our first major fundraiser for the year is a full house. Looking forward to a wonderful African dinner with all of those who were lucky enough to snap up a ticket.
Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you have had a good Christmas with
family and friends and you are enjoying this beautiful weather.
Please take time to read our summer newsletter and enjoy the wonderful
story and photos about Hellen. bcc news – summer 2018
We are planning another full year of fundraising and supporting the
children of Bethlehem Community Centre in Kenya. They have now returned
to school and colleges and we are supporting 5 new students in High
School who received very pleasing entry marks.
Our major events for 2019 include an African Dinner – March 2, Quiz
Night June 29th, open Garden at Otago Bay October 12th and Open Garden
in Moonah Nov 30th.
If you want to know more about these events or wish to join our
volunteer team of Friends of BCC please contact Chris – 0408280632 or
We also have some surprise entertainment!
Thanks all who turned up to enjoy David Willersdorf in concert. He played all his own songs and gave the stories with each. Beautiful to listen to and very entertaining. We raised about $1500 for the children of Bethlehem Community Centre in Kenya.
Open Garden was an outstanding success.
October 6th was a day to remember. 630 people visited the amazing garden
of Maree and Pam Johnston in Otago Bay. They were welcomed in by about
15 enthusiastic Ukulele players, treated to a delightful Devonshire Tea,
helped raise over $12,500 for BCC Afica and delighted in exploring the
2.5 acres of garden. Many went home with plants from the plant stall and
trinkets from the trade table. Thank you to all those who visited on the
day, to all the volunteers and especially to Pam and Maree for sharing