Christmas Lights switchon = Hope and Homes day

Sat 6th December 2014 at 09.30 - 17.30

The Art House Cafe donated the day's takings to Hope and Homes.

SPECIAL OPENING OF ART HOUSE CAFE

On December 6th  2014, when the Christmas lights were switched on, the Art House Cafe remained open until the 5:30pm selling hot drinks, cakes, soups and mulled wine and mince pies.

The Rotary Club has decided that all the takings for that day, including the street collection by Rotarians, will be donated to the Salisbury-based charity, Hope and Homes for Children. The Club have supported the charity for many years, as have Stonar School, and it was set up to ensure that in eastern Europe and now in Africa children should be placed in families rather than being forgotten in overcrowded  homes.

HOPE AND HOMES MESSAGE:

Imagine not having the sense of belonging, or the emotional support that being part of a family provides. We believe that, above all else, children need a loving family and a place to call home.

This is a basic human right, but one which too many children are still denied. There are an estimated 8 million children living in institutions across the globe, robbed of love and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Many more are at risk of separation from their families due to poverty, conflict and disease.

We work together with children, their families, communities, professionals, NGOs and governments across Central and Eastern Europe and Africa to ensure that institutionalisation is a thing of the past, and that no child has to grow up deprived of the love and care of a family.

We have the expertise and the skills to transform the lives of children trapped in institutions and to prevent the separation of children from their parents when families are at risk of breakdown. We strengthen families, provide family based care for children unable to live at home, close institutions and develop institution-free childcare systems for future generations.