RALPH’S HAIRCUT RAISES ALMOST £3,000

HE DID IT! Ralph Pelly and his dreadlocks met Dieudonne Nahimana, founder of New Generation Burundi, at a Street Action event earlier this year.

And a crazy idea was born – to cut off his dreads to raise money for New Generation.

Through his Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ralph-Pelly2) he has raised almost £3,000 for New Generation. The big cut happened yesterday.

All we can say is a huge THANK YOU to Ralph and all his supporters.

And to his dreads. May they rest in peace (on the barber’s floor).

Ralph’s words are below:

“Both me and my dreadlocks have come a long way over the last fourteen years! I’ve always said that the only way I could ever cut my dreads off would be if I did it for an incredible charity, and now I’ve found one I’m finally going through with it!

Over the years they’ve been brown, blonde, black, pink and purple (all at the same time!) They’ve made for some interesting fancy dress choices (dressing as a palm tree was particularly special), and most memorably they have inspired so many complete strangers to strike up a conversation with me, whether it’s to ask if they can touch it, or just to enquire about where they can buy the best drugs (I don’t know, sorry!)

I’m happy to have found a great charity that I can give my full support to, who I know will really appreciate the funds and will put them to good use. Street Action is the UK partner of a small charity called New Generation, that looks after street children in Burundi. More than just feed and provide shelter for them, New Generation’s aim is to train their young people to become future leaders, to help bring Burundi out of the cycle of violence and poverty.

I have met the founder, Dieudonné Nahimana, who was once a street child himself and has gone on to create this charity. He is doing incredible work to heal the divisions of the civil war. My good friend Nathan is also currently helping them to build their new campus in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

It’s a worthy cause, and I really appreciate anything you can give.”

 

RALPH’S ‘DREADING’ HIS SPONSORED CUT!

Ralph Pelly has had dreads. For fourteen years.

He and his dreadlocks met Dieudonne Nahimana, founder of New Generation Burundi, at a Street Action event earlier this year. And a crazy idea was born…

This is his story, in his own words:

“Both me and my dreadlocks have come a long way over the last fourteen years! I’ve always said that the only way I could ever cut my dreads off would be if I did it for an incredible charity, and now I’ve found one I’m finally going through with it!

Over the years they’ve been brown, blonde, black, pink and purple (all at the same time!) They’ve made for some interesting fancy dress choices (dressing as a palm tree was particularly special), and most memorably they have inspired so many complete strangers to strike up a conversation with me, whether it’s to ask if they can touch it, or just to enquire about where they can buy the best drugs (I don’t know, sorry!)

I’m happy to have found a great charity that I can give my full support to, who I know will really appreciate the funds and will put them to good use. Street Action is the UK partner of a small charity called New Generation, that looks after street children in Burundi. More than just feed and provide shelter for them, New Generation’s aim is to train their young people to become future leaders, to help bring Burundi out of the cycle of violence and poverty.

I have met the founder, Dieudonné Nahimana, who was once a street child himself and has gone on to create this charity. He is doing incredible work to heal the divisions of the civil war. My good friend Nathan is also currently helping them to build their new campus in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

It’s a worthy cause, and I really appreciate anything you can give.”

Ralph’s Just Giving fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ralph-Pelly2

The big cut is happening on Sunday 11 June. Ralph has promised us some before and after photos!

From everyone at Street Action and New Generation, we’d just like to say a huge THANK YOU to Ralph.

And to his dreads. May they rest in peace (on the barber’s floor).

 

 

FUTURE HOPE FOR BURUNDI – 22.11.16

Street Action are pleased to invite you (whoever you are) to an event we are hosting on Tuesday 22 November 2016, from 6.00pm.

The event, entitled Future Hope for Burundi, will give us a chance to hear more from Dieudonne Nahimana – founder of New Generation, our Burundian partner.

Please join us to hear what is happening at New Generation, understand how the current political turmoil in Burundi is impacting their work with street children, and to explore their longer term vision of seeing young people act as a catalyst for positive change in Burundi.

The evening is being co-hosted by Amos Trust, who work with us to support New Generation from the UK. The reception will be held at our offices at St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clement’s Court, London, EC4N 7HB from 6:00 – 8:30pm (presentations from 6:30 – 7:00pm).

If you are able to attend, then please RSVP to info@streetaction.org so we have a rough idea of numbers. Feel free to share this invite with anyone you think may be interested in attending (or you can download a pdf invite here).

If you cannot join us that evening then do email us and we can let you know of other opportunities to hear from Dieudonne during his visit to the UK.

We really hope to see you on Tuesday 22 November, to introduce you to Dieudonne and to allow us to express our thanks to you in person, for your involvement with Street Action.