Santa’s festive treat for local causes

NMAC11-2892-1''Martin and Elaine Kinsella
NMAC11-2892-1''Martin and Elaine Kinsella

SANTA CLAUS is coming to town... and he is bringing SIX £100 cheques to give away to great local causes.

Starting this month, Chad will reveal the charities for whom Christmas has come early - and it is up to them what they do with the cash.

Chad has teamed up with the Uhuru (Peaceful) Trust - a registered charity set up by Mansfield textile recycling firm Savanna Rags in 2009 - to offer this fabulous Christmas gift to six local good causes.

To be in with a chance of receiving one of the cheques, all charities need to do is write to us, explaining which charity they represent, what the aims are, and how the money would be spent. Chad readers can also nominate a charity they think deserves an early Christmas present.

Savanna Rags MD Ahmed Suleman explained that setting up the Uhuru (Peaceful) Trust charity had been a way of formalising the firm’s charitable work in Africa.

Activities have included funding the boring of wells for fresh water and setting up infrastructure for the protection of wildlife in remote villages of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Teaming up with the Chad to give away the cheques was their way of giving something back to the local community.

“It is down to the generosity of people living here who supported us which has allowed all of this great work to be carried out in Africa.

“This is our way of saying thank you and recognising that there are issues and causes locally which need awareness and support,” said Mr Suleman. We greatly appreciate any support offered - if not money, then clothing, or furniture.”

Chad editor Tracy Powell said: “We can’t wait to hear from local charites who would love a visit from our Santa this Christmas bearing the gift of £100 to benefit the work that they do.”

Charities interested in applying for the cash should write to: Chad Secret Santa, Editorial, 121 Newgate Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2PA.

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