Feb 6, 2004, 12:23 PM
Calling all gerontius.net members!
Could your choir help Childline?
This year sees ChildLine mark its 18th anniversary - and gerontius.net has agreed to help it celebrate this special occasion. This support for the UK's free 24-hour helpline for children and young people will help its initiative to raise vital funds to help the charity answer more children's calls.
To mark the occasion, it is launching a fundraising and profile raising initiative entitled `In Tune with ChildLine` - aiming to raise enough funds to counsel an additional 10,000 children. Its financial target, therefore, is £320,000 - it costs £32 to counsel a child.
For the next twelve months, the charity is asking music organisations and their members and groups throughout the UK, to be part of `In Tune with ChildLine` by undertaking music linked fundraising activity of their choice. This will raise vital funds and help the charity towards its goal of answering the call of every child who needs its help.
gerontius.net invites you to offer your support by organising a musical event - no matter how large or small.
Fundraising Manager for ChildLine, Sylvia Pearl, says, `Since its launch in 1986 ChildLine has counselled well over a million children and young people. They call us because they have been abused or hurt, and feel there is no one else they can turn to. They know that ChildLine will give them help and support at any time with any problem. ChildLine has won children's trust, and become the emergency service that children in danger and distress desperately need.
`But the sad truth is that ChildLine can't help all the children who need us. Every day around 4,000 children call ChildLine but lack of funds means that currently only 1,800 of them will get through to the comfort, advice and protection that the charity's counsellors provide. With ten counselling centres around the UK and more than a thousand trained volunteer counsellors, the number of children ChildLine is able to reach each year is increasing - but with your help, we can help many more children and young people. `
ChildLine relies on people like us for 90% of its income each year. So please lend your support to `In Tune with ChildLine`, to help the voices of more children in danger or distress to be heard.
To get started please contact Sylvia Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0161 877 9144 to receive your `In Tune with ChildLine` pack.
Please give ChildLine all the support you can.