Jane Newman would like to invite all jayday readers to attend an important benefit for a philanthropy in Africa that Jane has long supported: The Thorn Tree Project, which provides schools for nomadic tribes. You can read all about the project by reading this pdf file. Or, if you don't have Adobe Reader, here is an encapsulation of the invitation:
The fourth Clodagh Bring!Swap!Buy! sale
for the Thorn Tree Project in Northern Kenya
March 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Benefit will be held at the offices of Clodagh Design at 670 Broadway in New York City - 4th Floor.
What is the event? Think of it as a Swap Meet of like-minded folks (with as fabulous a sense of style as your own!) who have amazing things to share with others. Bring your “junk” which will no doubt be someone else’s “treasure.” Clothes! (The Prada that doesn’t fit. The Dolce & Gabana you could never quite pull off. The Armani jacket your friends don’t want to see again.) Objects d’art that ... well, you’re tired of. Books you’ve read and want to share with others. Glassware. Art. Photographs. Furniture. And so on. Heck, whatever you can carry! Also please bring something to eat or drink for our festive Pot Luck Buffet/Bar (wine, spirits, beer, veggies, chips and dips, appetizers, etc.) so we can all snack and sip while we shop!
Finally,we’d also appreciate at least two cans of food for the homeless. Most of all, bring whatever cash you can spare and your check book so you can buy lots of stuff that others bring in!
About the cause: Jane Newman, during an ill-fated Land Rover delivery, was accidentally introduced to the Samburu Tribe in Northern Kenya. Jane, being very friendly, stayed with the tribe while waiting for a new wheel for the previously mentioned Land Rover. She was immediately won over by the kindness and generosity of the tribe members. The tribe had a school that was ill-equipped and ill-attended. Through her work with the tribe, and the establishment of the Sereolipi Nomadic Education Trust (the Thorn Tree Project) the number of children attending the local primary school in Ndonyo Wasin has gone from 34 to 200 in just 5 years. This benefit goes directly to the education of the Samburu children — there is NO OVERHEAD that comes out of the donations. What we are working towards:
This year, in partnership with the local tribal leader, the project has decided to undertake a very large task. There are now 150 of the nomadic school children boarding at the school and there is an urgent need for dormitories to be built — currently we have 93 boys sleeping in a single room on scraps of plastic matting on the cement floor. We need two new fully equipped dormitories — each one will cost $11,000 each so that is $22,000!!! We are committed to raise it at our next event and to do this we need your help. Please come along — with more than 1,000 things to buy we guarantee you will walk away with a bargain and your money couldn’t be better spent! We’ll also have other ways for you to make cash contributions to the overall effort. Every dollar counts and we’ll show you how each of yours will be used.
To learn more or to make a direct contribution if you’re unable to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to add your name to our very special mailing list!