Jonny Douglas from Gillingham has gone Christmas crazy for charity dressing up as an elf on his daily train commute to London.
The 29-year-old business development manager is raising smiles and funds for FACE (Friends of Africa Child Education) to build a school for desperately poor children living in squalor in Africa.
Jonny wears the festive costume on his busy return train trip from Gillingham to Cannon Street, London, and keeps it on all day in his office at the Groupon discount voucher company. He promotes the charity to fellow commuters and colleagues by asking them to donate via Just Giving. He is hoping to raise about £1000, which he did in similar style last year for another charity.
“It’s a great cause. I like the fact that I know all the money is going direct to a single project that will do so much good,” said Jonny, of Milton Road, Gillingham.
“Seeing me dressed as an Elf gives people a smile on their way to work. I don’t mind making a fool of myself if it can help these little children, particularly at Christmas.”
FACE has been set up by a group of friends in Kent and every penny they raise goes towards building the school in the township of Masiphumelele, on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. FACE is partnered with the UK registered charity Masicorp, which will organise the construction of the school over the next year.
“Jonny has a great sense of humour and we are thrilled he is helping us raise funds in this way,” said Nick Jenkins, one of the FACE organisers. ‘Building this school is so important, because education is the best way out of poverty for these children.
“We hope as many people as possible will make donations and help us reach our £30,000 target.”
To make a donation to Jonny just go to http://www.justgiving.com/JONNYD
More information: Jonny Douglas 07891 195088
or Nick Jenkins 07799 883355