HAFSA Bulletin #5


Hope you all had a good summer.There hasn’t been a bulletin for a while, but we have not been idle. Thank you to all those who have helped out or attended our events.We had a social at Elsa and Laura’s house, a stall at the Hanwell carnival; we showed two films and a performance by the Ecumenical Accompanier to Palestine and Israel, we had Jean as a volunteer teacher in Sabastiya for 6 weeks.All in all Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya now has 88 members and £1588 in the bank

Where do we go from here?

Trees for Sabastiya: We are aiming for at least 500.Autumn is tree planting season in Palestine and you should have already received the appeal to donate olive trees for Sabastiya’s poor families. Here it is again below. Many thanks to all those who have already sent donations. We now have a total of 220 trees. The charity: Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (FONSA) has given us 100 trees, likewise another generous supporter has given us money for a further 100.  We are very grateful to everyone who has donated so far.Our Appeal PageKeep it coming!

Fund Raising

We desperately need to have a fund raising startegy. Is anyone out there interested in helping? Forming a small committee that would concentrate on this would be very helpful. Get in touch if you are willing.

Future events

Here are some dates for your diary. Details will be sent nearer the dates. Saturday 17th November 2012: Hafsa social evening.Saturday 13th January 2013, afternoon:  it is Annual General Meeting time! Details will follow. We hope to have Abu Yasser, our coordinator in Sabastiya, to come over and meet you all. Friday 8 March 2013: for International Women Day we are planning to show a film, this is open to all, not only women. May /June: visit to Sabastiya, exact dates to be finalised very soon. You are welcome to attend any committee meeting; the next one will be on Monday 12th November, 7.30pm