Hazel McCall, a member of the Hereford and district branch of Soroptimist International, recently organised a coffee morning and a raffle, to raise funds for Castle Green based water charity, Hope Spring.
The 87-year-old was inspired to organise the fundraiser, after hearing Hope Spring trustees Peter Dowsett and Temi Odurinde speak about the work their organisation is doing to help alleviate water poverty in disadvantaged communities in West Africa. She was particularly impressed with the menstrual hygiene workshop, and other period poverty alleviating outreach programme, Hope Spring organises for women and girls, in the places they work.
Presenting a ceremonial cheque for £200, Hazel McCall said “it is not much, but I hope it helps you to do more good work in Africa”. Accepting the cheque, Peter Dowsett thanked Ms McCall on behalf of his organisation, and said “every penny of this donation will be used to alleviate poverty. One of the unique things about Hope Spring water, is that we are volunteer run organisation, we do not pay salaries. so all donations are spent on implementing projects”. Peter Dowsett went on to urge others to follow the good example set by Hazel McCall by fundraising to support his organisation. He referred them to their fundraising page, where ideas and information on how to fundraise for Hope Spring water can be found.
Evgeniy is Hope Spring online marketing director