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Recent Events

17th Holers!

17th Hole

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club ladies section have had Livlife as their Lady Captain’s charity and have raised over £1,300 over the year.

Ongoing throughout the year have been several raffles, brain teasing quiz question sheets by Joyce and sale of second hand books and golf clothing. We also held a charity day where ladies donated £5 a head to play in the golf competition and there were several stalls including temping cakes, tombola and a craft stall .

For any one who knows Kirkby Lonsdale golf course the feature hole is the 17th par 3 over the river. Anyone landing their ball in the river during the year had been asked to donate at least 50 pence to the Captain’s charity !

Thanks ladies!!!

Cakes and Poetry - A Winning Combination

There really is no end to the creative and enthusiastic minds of the talented students at Bolton School. In the last few weeks, students from Year 7 have been cooking crazy and hosted 5 cake sales, enticing staff and students alike to purchase their baked goods and raise money for our projects in Tanzania. They also took a collection at the Girl’s Division Open Mic Night. The celebration of creativity proved to be a fantastic evening with performances from 18 pupils and well known Mancunian slam poet, Mike Garry. The school has raised an impressive £1385 which will go towards helping to provide free education to people in Tanzania. This amount can be added to the incredibly impressive fundraising total raised by star pupil, Ellie Addison who has set herself a personal target of raising £5000 for LivLife and her visit to Tanzania next year, and is already up to £1391 after organising a Dress Down Day at Santander Group Head Offices and doing a cake sale on the same day. See the article below for more details. Thank you once again to everyone at Bolton School who have shown so much support for our work.


Santander Dress Down Day

Santander Dress Down Day

Santander Group Head Offices in Milton Keynes was briefly transformed on April 25th as staff swapped their normal smart, business attire for something a little less formal. Super-fundraising team, Ellie Addison, a student at Bolton School, and one of the participants in next year's school trip to Tanzania, and her Auntie Georgie, had organised the Dress Down Day as part of an ambitious fundraising quest to raise £5,000 over the next few months for LivLife and her visit to Tanzania to get involved with LivLife's projects next year. The Dress Down Day was combined with a cake and samosa sale and was a great success, bringing in an incredible £1,362.22 in just 4 hours!

cake stand

Ellie said "We sold 700 samosas in half an hour which must be a record! Thank you to everyone for supporting the fundraising. I am overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness."

The total amount collected by the end of the day was £1,391.22 and it is hoped that this amount will be matched by the Santander Charitable Trust.

Santander Dress Down Day

We're really grateful for the support and hard work of people like Ellie and Georgie, especially at a time where every penny counts. Thank you to everyone who took part in the day and for the continued support from Bolton School.

Counting the pennies

Coffee and Cake with Bolton School

Livlife cake

On Saturday 29th March, brave Bolton School Art teacher, Mrs Crowther, opened the door of her home to 150 guests for a morning of coffee, cake and lots of chatter. The morning was a roaring success, bringing in more than £265 for LivLife.

On behalf of everyone at LivLife, we'd like to say thank you to Bolton School for their continuing support and thank you to Rosie (aged 9) for making this delicious chocolate cake for the event!

Three for tew

Annabel, Beth and Miss Stephenson enjoying their cup of tea

KCEM Running For LivLife - Kilimanjaro Half-Marathon

Running for LivLife Team

At LivLife we understand that a hand-up far outweighs a hand-out. We are committed to supporting our flagship education centre, Kituo Cha Elimu Meserani (KCEM), to achieve long term independence and sustainability. We are doing this by helping the Centre to take an active part in raising funds to run its education programmes.

This year, we launched the Running for LivLife Campaign to raise awareness and bring in funds for the KCEM LivLife Centre, and managed to bring in a staggering £3,000!

The Running for LivLife team was made up of determined and dedicated staff, students and volunteers from the Centre. The team took part in the prestigious Kilimanjaro Marathon event, which takes place every year in the town of Moshi, beneath the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our runners tackled the half marathon course on Sunday 2nd March 2014 in what was one of their biggest personal challenges,

This was an enormous undertaking for all of the members of the team. They had to give up hours and hours each week to build up their fitness levels and prepare physically and mentally for the challenge ahead. We followed the team's progress and provided them with the support they needed to help them stay motivated and focused on the end goal; to bring lasting change to people in Tanzania by giving them the skills, knowledge, confidence and opportunities to build better lives for themselves.

Read the story of this landmark event here as they reached their inspiring goal.

Be part of our team effort to raise awareness and bring in funds for the educationa centres in Tanzania by connecting through facebook and twitter.

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"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land..."

Harvest Festival is one of the oldest known festivals that is still celebrated in the UK today. Since pagan times, people have traditionally given thanks for successful harvests and celebrated by having a huge feast.

Nowadays, Harvest Festival is not only a time to celebrate what we have, but to also think of those who are less fortunate and take positive action to make a difference in their lives. This October, the wonderful people of St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Cheddleton did just that and dedicated their Harvest Celebrations to learning more about the work of LivLife in Tanzania and having a very entertaining talent auction that revealed the varied talents of the congregation, from cooking and ironing to pampering and flower arranging! The church also had a collection for a local food bank and donated a wide selection of groceries which will go to families in the local area who are unable to afford essential day-to-day provisions.

LivLife Founder Sam giving a talk at St Andrew's

A special mention has to be made to Chris who offered her skills as a genealogist and got more than she bargained for when the successful bidder turned out to have the surname Smith! We wish her all the best in her rather difficult task of tracing their family history.


Overall, the evening was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all (especially the mouth-watering selection of puddings on offer) and a fantastic £250 was raised through auction bids and donations which will make a big difference to people in Tanzania by giving them the opportunity to access free education.

Super Sam Takes on Helvellyn - And is Triumphant!

Helvellyn Triathlon, set in the spectacular but unyielding terrain of the Lake District has been cited as one of the top 10 toughest races in the world. Only the strongest and the bravest take on its punishing course; a 1.6km SWIM in Ullswater, one of the UK’s coldest lakes, followed by a 62km CYCLE over Kirkstone Pass including the infamous ascent known as “The Struggle”, and finally a 15km RUN up and down Helvellyn, England’s third highest peak. The whole course takes between 6 and 7 hours to complete and is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance.

Map or Triathlon Run Route

On 1st September, Sam Yates, one of the founders of LivLife, took on his most ambitious fundraising challenge to date and tackled his first major triathlon. It was with pure grit and determination that he endured the icy waters of lake Ullswater and overcame the gravity defying 'Struggle'. In a final push he was able to power his way up and down Helvellyn mountain before gliding across the finish line at an extremely impressive 5 hours and 6 minutes (putting him in the top third of finishers!).

Thumbs Up Sam

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sam for his incredible accomplishment but most of all we want to show our appreciation to the extremely kind and generous people who have helped to raise over £2,000 towards our projects in Tanzania.

There is still time to show your support by donating through Sam Yates's Virgin Money Giving Page. Every single donation goes towards providing free education and livelihood support to people who need it the most.

Cycling Sam

Folky Fundraiser

What better way is there to forget the freezing nights and have some fun than with a Folk Night Fundraiser! Our supporters at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Cheddleton, did just that to raise vital funds to aid the work of LivLife. The evening was a huge success and the church was full to the rafters with people of all ages and walks of life. Everyone was treated to a number of outstanding and varied performances, from ‘a cappella’ singing to beautiful accompaniments on the harp, flute and Northumbrian pipes. There was even an African element to the night, with the audience being led in some African songs before the night was brought to a close with a rousing rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme. LivLife would like to say a big thank you to Pete Green and Frank Lawton for organising the evening and sharing our work.

Folk Night

The Rain didn't Stop Play for a Brilliant Fundraiser in the Peak District!

...and the sun even made an apperance for Team Livlife!

Livlife Fundraiser

On the 31st June a team of Livlifers headed over to the Peak District to take part in the annual FSI 10k Challenge.

The Livlife Team were fantastic, all completing the course despite the weather and even bringing the sunshine across the finish line with them!

Livlife Fundraiser

After hiding from the rain for a few hours the remaining happy campers reappeared and were all treated to a tasty BBQ and a massive bonfire in the beautiful grounds of Thornbridge Hall.

All in all a very enjoyable weekend.

Once again thank you to FSI for having us and an even bigger thank you to everyone who walked, ran or was pushed across the finish line!

Friendship Bracelets for Livlife

Volunteers from Manchester University made friendship bracelets at their end of year party ‘Pangaea’ and raised £35 for Livlife.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Livlife stall and to all the volunteers who volunteered their time before heading off to celebrate their final year at the university.

Livlife Bracelet Fundraiser

Livlife Director Sam Runs the Paris Marathon!

Livlife fundraising

Congratulations to Sam who spent 3 months training for the Paris Marathon; completing the course in 4 hours!

Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored Sam, your generous donations reached a whopping £1600! That's enough money to run a Livlife Centre for 2 months, thank you.

Seattle Happy Hour Raises $280

Seattle Livlife

Volunteer Amanda's Seattle fundraiser raised a whooping £174 for Livlife.

Thanks Amanda and everyone who came down to support Livlife.

We only wish we could have been there to join in the festivities!

Livlife volunteers are on top form yet again!

Charity livlife bag pack

Manchester University volunteers have been at it again! With a bag pack in Sainsburys and Morrisions raising £647 for Livlife.

Once again all the volunteers deserve a huge thank you for their continual support for Livlife. Thank you!

Manchester Uni Volunteers Bag Pack their Way to £671.13

volunteer fundraising

On Friday 16th March, 19 volunteers from The University of Manchester descended on ASDA Hulme to bag pack for the afternoon.

The fundraiser was a huge success with the customers in high spirits and the volunteers on top bag packing form, raising a massive £671.31!

A huge thank you to all the brilliant students who volunteered their time on a Friday afternoon and thank you to ASDA Hulme for having us.

Clothes Swap Raises Money for Livlife

volunteer fundraising for livlife

On Wednesday 21st March dedicated volunteers Siobhan and Neena ran a clothes swap at Font Bar in Fallowfield.

The evening was rather impromptu with the girls hoping to catch the last of the students before they disappear for the Easter break.

Armed with cupcakes and a few old jumpers they raised £33.61 - enough money to educate 6 students at the Livlife Centre! Thank you both!

Manchester Gig Night

Collection box

On Monday 13th of February 2012 supporters crowded in to veggie cafe Fuel in a cosy room overlooking Withington high street, Manchester. The night promised five musical acts with amazing performances inspiring attendees to give generously to the cause. Tantalisingly placed by the entrance was the home-made Victorian sponge for the winner who successfully guessed the weight of the cake.

With this at the back of everyone’s minds acoustic duo Pip and Biff opened the night with soulful vocals and accomplished guitar melodies. The second act, Dalya and Max, offered an amazing Johnny Cash cover followed seamlessly by a Whitney Houston number that had everyone singing along. Singing turned to dancing with the thrashy rock of Family Wolves and then the mellow beats of Peak District. The final band Oh How wound down the evening as the lead singer wailed soft ethereal sounds, accompanied by surreal acoustics and a saw-instrument played by a talented, mysterious and hooded violinist.

With the night coming to an end the cake was triumphantly presented to Isabella Uren who guessed 1.45 kilos which was ridiculously close to the correct weight of 1.49. Overall the evening managed to raise £50 pounds and a lot of awareness for Livlife.

Thanks to everyone who organised the event and took part.

Manchester Uni Baked their way to £81.05

At Manchester Uni

Dedicated Manchester volunteers Kate and Laura took to their kitchens, rolled up their sleeves, baked like they'd never baked before and then sold the delights of their toil to unsuspecting students.

They raised a wapping £81.05, enough to send 16 and a fifth people to learn at the Livlife Centre for a whole month! We'll save the fifth until we've got 4 more of them, but it wont be long at this rate.....A massive thank you to Kate and Laura and all the other volunteers at the international student fair.

Past Events

The FSI Challenge 2011

Saturday 2nd July 2011
Thornbridge Hall, Derbyshire

This July, the gates of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire once again swing open as small charities come together for the FSI Challenge, a day that mixes fundraising and family fun to benefit small charities that support communities right across the UK. LivLife are using this opportunity to ask supporters to enter to raise money for us.

The Challenge is a fun run/walk with 4 and 10 km courses that are suitable to all ages with a reasonable level of fitness. The route takes you through some of the most scenic parts of the Peak District, after which you can relax in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, the country home of Emma Harrison (Chair of the FSI).

Please email for more details.

Taming of the Shrew, April 28th 2010

The Stock Exchange Dramatic & Operatic Society are putting on a ‘Shakespeare in the City’ performance of Taming the Shrew at the offices of Deloitte in London in aid of LivLife. Drop us a line if you’d like a ticket.

Andrew James Walsh Memorial Trust with LivLife and School under the Tree, May 8th 2010

LivLife are joining forces with the Andrew James Walsh Memorial Trust, a charity which supports the education of disadvantaged children in India and Africa, and School under the Tree, a charity which funds the education of 130 children in Ethiopia, for an evening of jollity at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. With the entertainment provided by the quite brilliant swing band, The Managers, it promises to be an evening of glorious fun. More details to follow…

Racenight, March 2010

After the success of the first Racenight, Laura and Dan Wells opened their house for a re-run of the races with some different punters. Another fantastic night saw a few winners, none more so than LivLife who raised around £800. Thanks to everyone who came, and especially Laura and Dan!

Kilimanjaro, February 2010

Motivated by the dual aims of reaching the roof of Africa and changing lives in Tanzania, a team of five intrepid climbers set off on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of February 2010. Steve Yates, Vicky Yates, Tom Yates, Jonny Braithwaite and Keith Reed put their bodies through one of the tougher workouts you can do and raised over £1,250 for LivLife in the process. Huge, huge thanks guys!

Racenight, January 2010

2010 kicked off with a racenight in Earlsfield, South West London. Hosted by one of our trustees, Laura, and her husband Dan, we had a chirpy bunch of punters who’d come to enjoy a lovely curry and bet on the outcome of a few greyhound races. Supported by the “Guess the weight of the education centre” competition and a match funding offer from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the night raised over £1,000. Thanks to everyone who came and especially to Laura and Dan for their efforts in hosting.

LivLife at Uluru, August 2009

The end of summer all-day BBQ went off in style and although the sun didn't shine all day, hoards of people came out in support of LivLife and to join in the party and raise over £650 for LivLife in the process.

A big thanks to everyone that came and especially Uluru for hosting the event and Ben Wells for his huge effort in organising the night.

If you have any ideas for a fundraiser and you'd like to give it a go, let us know and we'll get on board.