A total of 60 people took part in the FACE Charity Golf Day and produced the perfect result – a final score of about £2500 raised for the project.

The event took place at Rochester and Cobham Golf Course in Kent and was won by Ken Jeavons, with Jo Beslee taking the ladies prize. There were also prizes for the winning team, men’s and ladies runners-up, longest drive, nearest the pin, pro approach and most hotly debated of all, the worst shot!

It began with a bacon roll breakfast and finished in the clubhouse with a lunch and prize giving.

The event was organised by Eric Goodwin, one of the FACE stalwarts, and his renowned good fortune with the weather once again paid off as the forecast of rain all day never happened.

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Winner Ken Jeavons

Organiser Eric Goodwin drives off to get the day under way.

Organiser Eric Goodwin drives off to get the day under way.


A rare day of sunshine made for a perfect FACE Picnic by the River Medway on the May Bank Holiday.

The picnic was hosted by Jackie Hearn as her version of the monthly FACE Suppers, which have proved such a winner for the group’s fundraising efforts.

The suppers are hosted by a different member each time and all those ‘signed up’ to the idea have committed to a monthly payment of £20 a head for a whole year. The suppers have also proved to be the ideal monthly get together for a team update on how things are progressing.

Breaking away from the norm of a mid-week supper proved a great idea with a feast of goodies on the tables from Jackie with the help of some of the other ladies. Everyone agreed there is something about sunshine that makes the wine slip down even more easily.

FACE Picnic


Four members of a fundraising group called FACE (Friends of Africa Child Education) that is raising the money to build at new pre-school at Masiphumelele have just made their first visit to the township.
John and Diane Brice and Nick and Marion Jenkins were on a fact finding trip on behalf of their group of 20 friends and spent the day visiting the Ekhaya Lothando (Home of Love) pre school and meeting with the Masicorp team.
First of all Masicorp CEO Andrew Smith took them on a brief tour of the township, showing them other schools and the library that the charity has funded, before finishing at the pre-school with owner Priscilla and her daughter Indiana.
“Meeting the children nearly had me in tears,” said FACE’s John Brice. “They just want to be cuddled and are clinging to your legs. Lots of big smiles as well.

“It was so impressive to see what Priscilla dna Indiana are achieving in the very run down garage they have to use at present.
“Getting to see the site where the new classrooms, walkway and toilet facilities are going to be built made it much easier to visualise and made all opur hard work in fundraising worthwhile.”

FACE is well on its way to raising the £30,000 needed for the new building on which work starts in June, with a completion date of Febraury 2014, when the group is coming out to help with the finishing decoration and other work.

Diane Brice, of FACE, with children at the pre-school.

Masicorp’s Dr Sophie Billington (left) and Diane Brice of FACE with chidren in the backyard of the pre-school where the new classrooms are to be built.


Diane Brice, of FACE, with children at the pre-school.


Children at the West Lodge Primary School made fundraising look ‘like a piece of cake’ when they collected £250 for the FACE project at a cake sale.
A total of 18 children in the upper school, ages ranging from 8-11, took part supporting the younger children in the Lower School Council, aged 5-8, who jointly ran the operation. Year 4 collected the cakes in the morning, Year 5 set up the stalls in the afternoon and Year 6 sold the cakes – what a great team effort!
It is the second time the school in Pinner, Middlesex, has helped raise funds, having already done a collection that made £50.
“This cake sale is very special because it is children helping children, what could be better. We are all thrilled by how much money they managed to raise for the project. The West Lodge children’s effort makes a real difference and they should be very proud,” said Joi Douglas, one of the FACE Trustees, who helped set up the link with the school.
Perhaps the best way to get a real flavour for the cake sale is from the children’s comments shown below…
“I bought a cake for my Nanny and two other cakes.”
“It was cheap! I bought 5 cakes for 70p!”
“It raised a lot of money!”
“The only problem was that I had the cakes and then I went to the dentist – but that wasn’t because I’d eaten the cakes!”
“It was very, very crowded – we may need a bigger hall next time!”
‘I bought a huge cake at the cake sale and we raised £250.’

‘Thanks to me and my friends, we raised a lot of money for FACE.’

‘When we were collecting the cakes, it looked like everyone tried to make them beautiful.’

‘We were delighted and would like to hear about the charity and what they spend the money on.’

‘It is a very good cause and we hope that the school goes well.’

‘We liked buying the delicious cakes and we hope the money is used to buy new equipment for the children to play with.’

‘I bought lots of yummy cakes and I hope that the money gets spent on children who need help for their education and that it makes them happy.’

‘I loved helping to make the cake sale successful. I bought quite a few cakes and I hope all the money raised goes on toys and nice playground equipment.’

‘I bought lots of cakes. I hope your school will be a very good one and hope it is full of equipment, toys, picture books and nice lunches in a nice party room full of cakes.’

‘I bought fabulous cookies that my family and I adore. We would love to see some pictures of the children when the school is built.’

‘We hope that what they learn at school will help them in everyday life. I hope that the children get an education as good as we do in Britain.’