Fundraising for Nightingales Children's Project in Romania

Dauntsey's School have been supporting the Nightingales Children's Project for over 10 years. In this time over two hundred of our Lower Sixth students have gained a huge amount from the cultural and emotional experience of working with children and young people who are living in far less fortunate circumstances and conditions than themselves.

This year's team of Lower Sixth and staff will be faced with similar opportunities and challenges. The main purpose of our fundraising efforts has been to try to raise as much money as possible to help the team and the school to support the amazing work done by the Nightingales Children's Project.

All money raised goes directly to the Summer School, run by our students, to buy the resources and equipment needed. At the end of the trip our pupils will be able to decide how the rest of the money will be used by Nightingales to help to fund longer term projects.

Nightingales Children's Project is based in Cernavoda and Constanta in the South East of Romania. It is run by a mixture of British and Romanian staff and relies heavily on volunteer input. Since its inception in 1995, the charity has evolved to encompass new projects and international developments and continues to be at the forefront of philanthropic work focused on the rights and opportunities of young people.

The charity was set up by the current director, David Savage MBE, who came to Romania in 1992. David has since settled in Romania with his wife, Elena and two young daughters. In 2003, David was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II as a recognition of the work he has done both personally and through the charity to highlight the plight of under privileged and vulnerable young people in Romania.

The assistant director, Ben Wells, arrived in Cernavoda in 2002 and has remained there full time, receiving the Beacon Fellowship Award for Young Philanthropist of the Year in 2006. This was a huge accolade that gave further recognition to the dedication and hard work that both Ben and those involved with Nightingales have committed to the continuation of the charity.

The major fundraising event in support of our forthcoming trip to the Nightingales orphanage in Romania was a 1920’s themed Charity Auction held on Saturday 10 June 2017
The evening included:
A Raffle with seven great prizes. Members of the Dauntsey's to Romania team sold tickets at tables during the meal.
Silent Auction
Nine of the generously donated lots were entered into a Silent Auction.
A total of twenty generously donated lots were available through a traditional auction.

Other events that have taken place throughout the last few months to raise money for Nightingales have been:
Cake, crepe and chip sales
A car boot sale
Leg waxing our staff!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and support this year towards Dauntsey's 2017 trip to the Nightingales Children's Project in Romania. We have raised over £11,000 through our fundraising efforts.

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