Kamla Foundation Pin Badges
pin badges

We are delighted to introduce our latest item of merchandise - Kamla Foundation pin badges. The badges are stylish and contemporary in design and an effective way to display your affiliation with the work of the Foundation, while demonstrating your concern and passion for what we stand for.

The pin badges are made to the highest quality with soft enamel, raised and recessed with a butterfly clutch attachment, finished with a thin acrylic cap.

There are two choices of design; nickel and antique nickel plating and both are sized 25 x 8.7 mm.

Please support us by buying a pin badge for yourself, family and friends and join the friends of Kamla Foundation and help us to extend our reach and change many more vulnerable lives for just £2.00

Numbers are limited so hurry to avoid disappointment.

Rita's RUN of a LIFETIME! - London Marathon - 26th April 2015

Rita Mistry has been supporting the Foundation for many years and is now embarking on an incredible personal challenge by running in the LONDON MARATHON!! in aid of the Foundation.

Rita says...

"I've never been a runner, but a combination of hitting my 40s, a fulfilling passion for food and drink and an allergy to gyms made me pick this up as something I could have a go at. Having done no regular exercise since leaving school, it took a long time just to be able to run a full mile.

Now I've decided, before my knees give in (as so many people have told me they will) to have a go at the big one. Just to see if I can. I'm not the quickest of runners which makes it even harder I think, as I'll be on my feet for a lot longer than the whippets. But like the proverbial Tortoise, I hope to just keep going until I cross that finishing line."

Rita's fundraising page can be accessed from the following link:

Shree Prajapati Association Birmingham Dinner

Shree Prajapati Association Birmingham hosted a Dinner / Dance Ball for the Foundation. They raised £6,000 for 2 desperately needed pulse monitors for our partner, the Medlife Foundation in Gujarat India. They hosted this event on Saturday 7th March and it was a brilliant effort. The turnout was magnificent, with a fantastic DJ and a range of raffle prizes, prize auction and tables outbidding each other to raise as much funds as possible.

Our sincere thanks to SPA Birmingham for a tremendous collective effort

First Recruitment Group - Team Climb Mount Snowdon

A team of 14 Consultants from the First Recruitment Group are planning on tackling the epic challenge of Mount Snowdon, on March 7th, to raise funds for the Foundation. The mountain walk is more of a climb because of the tough terrain that needs to be conquered in order to not only get up but also down the mountain too.

First Recruitment group's fundraising page can be accessed from the following link:

Royal Parks Half Marathon - October 12th 2014

Some 4 years ago Maria Sykes, a Trustee of the Foundation went to India and helped us develop a number of our strategic projects. In subsequent years she has made a huge contribution to the work of the Foundation.

In 2011, Maria ran the Auckland Half Marathon and raised over a £1000 towards our work in India. On October 12th Maria ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon raising funds for our crucial work in India. Starting and finishing in the stunning location of Hyde Park, she ran the 13.1 mile route through Central London, taking in the spectacular sites of the capital and the beautiful Royal Parks.

Maria says;

"After months of training Sunday 12th October had suddenly come round. A low mist hung over Hyde Park as I made my way to the start line, nervous butterflies kicking around my stomach. A last minute banana and I was ready to go, along with 16,000 other runners. The first 5 miles passed with little trouble, a beautiful run past Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and down the side of the Thames before heading back to Hyde Park along the Mall. Entering Hyde Park at Mile 6 the cheering squads were out in full force and provided a real boost before it began to get really hard.

The next 7 miles weaved us round and round the park and it felt like it was never going to end. I passed so many runners who had started to walk but I knew if I stopped to walk it would be game over, so I kept going, with the motto "slow and steady wins the race". My legs had turned to lead and I could feel the blisters forming on my feet. The crowds were amazing and intermittently gave me the boost I needed. A smile or a word of encouragement meant such a lot. And there I was with 1 mile to go - passed the Royal Albert Hall and the meter markers were in sight.

The tears were stinging my eyes and my breath was catching in my throat. As I passed the finish line I felt totally overwhelmed and burst into tears. I struggled to catch my breath and got swept to one side by a St John's Ambulance lady. I heard a voice calling my name and turned to see my housemates Michelle and Gisela standing right behind me, both with tears streaming down their faces having watched me cross the line and fall apart. I feel so proud to have achieved this half marathon in what has been a difficult few months in the run up and want to thank wholeheartedly everyone who has supported me along the way.

I am delighted to have raised valuable funds for Kamla Foundation and know it will make a huge difference!"

Bollywood Dance Night Fundraiser - July 2014

After raising money and awareness through selling Kamla Foundation t-shirts to local Yoga classes, Kim Skinner the Yoga teacher and Dizy Martin, Trustee of Kamla Foundation hit upon the idea of a Bollywood dance evening, to raise funds for the Foundation.

The stage was set for the 4th July 2014 at a local venue in South Manchester. The evening was packed with eager people wanting to learn to dance the 'Bollywood way'. Dance teacher Monica Ballini explained the meaning of the Hindi songs and demonstrated the moves that accompanied them. Crowds of keen novices then took it in turns to strut their stuff, with much giggling and improvisation! After the dancing, we all ate a delicious vegetarian curry supper, washed down by drinks from the bar.

The whole evening had a great atmosphere of fun and celebration as well as the serious business of raising over a £1000 for the Foundation.

Sally the Apprentice - June 2014

Fosbrooks (Folk Education Music Trust) staged a Folk Opera which told the story of a child apprentice, who worked for the local industrialist Samuel Oldknow some 200 years ago in Stockport. The Concert hosted by Banks Lane Junior School proved to be a huge success and drew parallels with the plight of a young girl working as an indentured labourer at the turn of the last century and that of vulnerable children in India today working as child labourers.

From this single event over £300 was raised but this is just one of many events hosted by Fosbrooks and Banks Lane Junior School over the course of the 2013/14 academic year raising a total of £3000!

A massive Thanks to Fosbrooks and Banks Lane Junior School.

Fosbrook Folk Education Trust in partnership with Banks Lane Junior School Stockport, raises funds in aid of the Foundation

Fosbrook Folk Education Trust works in partnership with Banks Lane Junior School to deliver music and dance education to a range of age groups in Stockport. Since July last year, the school children and the Fosbrook students have been involved in raising funds for the Foundation.

The initial initiative was a Toy and Book sale and then a school project linked to the harvest festival whereby money was raised for water pumps for Indian villages. Later projects involving performances which included two carol services and two ceilidhs, as well as raffles.

The most recent initiative is the formation of a Junior Fund Raising Committee. Their first efforts will go into the production of a folk opera which highlights the plight of child labourers in Victorian Britain during the industrial revolution. Parallels will be drawn with the exploitation of children in the Indian sub continent today and the funds generated will support the Foundation's educational program.

Clean water from Burnage to India - March 2014

Yoga students from Burnage and Levenshulme, in Manchester have raised over £300 to buy water filters for families in southern India. The families are the poorest in their communities and have no access to clean drinking water. The filters will allow them to transform filthy water into drinking water.

The money was raised by students from several Iyengar yoga classes, fundraising for the Foundation. The students sold tee shirts with the Foundation's logo to their friends, family and fellow students.

Kim Skinner, the yoga teacher, said "Yoga was brought to us from India and helps us maintain our health and wellbeing, it is wonderful to be able to give something back". Her classes and others meet weekly in South Manchester, both day and evening, and are attended by people of all ages.

Banks Lane Junior School Toy Sale - 2013

Class 3Mc at Banks Lane Junior School, Stockport, held a toy sale in July to raise money for Kamla Foundation. They introduced the idea to the school through an assembly, designed the publicity, managed the collections of toys and books and ran the stalls. They raised a total of £220! It was a fantastic achievement! Considering they were only 7-8 year olds, they appreciated the charity was helping others less fortunate than themselves and behaved with maturity and goodwill.

Thank you to Class 3Mc and Banks Lane Junior School!

Shree Prajapati Association Fundraisers - 2012/13

The Shree Prajapati Association based in Birmingham fund raised over a two year period, for a bore well in South India and the acquisition of 2 baby incubators, for our partner medical Charity, the Medlife Foundation. They hosted a variety of fundraisers and donated the fantastic sum of over £3,300.

Urmila's Story - 2012

Urmila Patel is a pupil, at St James Independent School in Stockport. A school notable not only for its teaching of Sanskrit but also Philosophy, which helps the children to think for themselves and consider how they may best live their lives.

"Mila" (as she's more commonly known), is an inspirational 9 year old who wanted to learn and develop basic business skills. To this effect, she started to make friendship bands. With help from her parents, Mila combined her business acumen and chose to donate all proceeds from the sale of the friendship bands to the Foundation. At the same time the Foundation entered into a partnership with the Safe Water Trust, to supply aqua filters to the neediest in India.

Aqua filters makes biologically contaminated water from wells, rivers and lakes safe to drink at the point of use. An Aqua filter costs £30 and to date Mila has raised the fantastic sum of over £600.

Charity Garba and Dandiya Evening - 2012

An inspirational lady, Alka Mistry from St Albans in Hertfordshire came forward with support from her wide network of family, friends and colleagues to set up this magnificent fundraiser in aid of the Foundation. People came from far and wide to help make the evening such a success.

The theme of the evening was centred on Gujarati folk dance (Garba and Dandiya - stick dancing) and music. Alka's family hosted and cooked and sold wonderful Gujarati treats which contributed to the final sum raised. Fantastic music by a live band and dancing by all who attended, contributed to a great night of festivities.

Raffle prizes and sale of Foundation t-shirts meant that the final sum raised by this event was a magnificent £2,346.56. A massive thanks to Alka, her family, friends and her network of supporters.

Greater Manchester 10K Run - May 2012

I decided to take part in my first charity run for the Foundation and enrolled on the Bupa Great Manchester 10k Run. My training for the run started in August 2011, when I joined Motiv8 boot camp, lots of stamina training and relays, it was tough but eventually after lots of aching and sweating I actually started to enjoy the workouts and still do.

On the day of the race I was very nervous but also very excited about the challenge.The weather for the run was perfect, cool and cloudy. I was in the 'Blue Wave' of runners and started to warm up with the other 40 thousand runners around 11am for the 11.20am start. The run started and it was nice to see family and friends cheering me on as I started and finished the race, my husband Dave ran with me, so he kept me going at a steady pace. I did not stop once as I may never have started again!

The final kilometre was the toughest and got quite busy, but the jelly babies they were giving out, went down well.I was very nervous before and it was quite an emotional day, but I thoroughly enjoyed the race. I finished it in 1 hour 4mins, which was brilliant.I am really proud that I took part and raised well over £200 for a great cause.

- Selena Parker

Brighton Half Marathon - Feb 2012

Amy Urpi and her father John, ran the Brighton Half Marathon in aid of the Foundation. Amy was running her first ever half marathon. After a good start, Amy's training hadn't gone particularly smoothly (nursing a niggling injury!) but with her Dad's long distance support (from afar, up in Manchester) John had been training with her, providing some much needed moral support.

Amy worked for a while in India for the Foundation before starting life at Google and saw at first hand the difference we are making to the lives of the most vulnerable.

The Foundation would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both Amy and John for their sterling efforts and indeed for the tremendous amount they raised for us. Furthermore Google, (Amy's employer) matched the total sum raised, so the Foundation received the fantastic sum of £3,000.

Pamper Day bash - Feb 2012

Seema and Alka, hosted a Pamper Day bash in February 2012. The evening consisted of a range of beauty taster treatments with a selection of wine and treats laid on for all those that attended. Also participants were entered into a Prize Raffle Draw.

The combination of proceeds from the auction, on-line donations, the pamper sessions and prize raffle generated the fantastic sum of £800!!

Auckland Half Marathon - Oct 2011

On 30th October 2011 Maria Sykes ran the Auckland Half Marathon in aid of Kamla Foundation. She raised over £1000. Last year she spent 3 months in India volunteering on behalf of the charity and has left a strong legacy. She is now working her way around the world but still has the time to fundraise!

Blenheim Triathlon - Jun 2011

Hersha completed the Blenheim Triathlon on Sat 4th June 2011 in 2 hours and 6 minutes. It was a beautiful setting for a great event and the weather didn't disappoint either. If you want to see the pictures and read the full blog of her experience then please visit her Just Giving page. She exceeded the target of £1000 which now stands at £1060 but with Gift Aid it is boosted to a whopping £1318.

This money will be put to good use by Kamla Foundation in the various projects that are currently taking place in India.

Shree Prajapati Association Fundraisers - 2011

The Shree Prajapati Association based in London, hosted a variety of fundraisers throughout 2011 to help us support the Home for destitute widows in South India. In total we received the grand total of £3000 which contributed to the running costs of the home for a 12 month period.

Charity Indian Cookery Class - 2010

Hersha ran a class for 5 friends to create a Gujarati Chicken Curry with Chappatis and Vegetable Rice. The £15 charge included the demonstration, a glass or two of wine followed by eating the fruits of our labour! There was also the option to buy spice tins containing all the dry spices for £10. The event raised £125 for Kamla Foundation.

Somerset Loop 80 mile Cycle Ride - 2010

Tom White, employee of Valpak, along with 12 other cyclists completed the Somerset Loop 80 mile cycle ride on one of the hottest days of the year! They raised an incredible total of £1,542.

Trafford Council Cake Sale - Dec 2010

Trafford Town Hall, held a cake sale in December. Colleagues baked or donated cakes for the sale to raise a fantastic sum of £162.01.

Valpak Fundraiser - May 2010

The most successful Valpak fundraising event to date was "Gunge Week" whereby staff nominated fellow colleagues who had bravely put themselves forward for a gunging on the final day. Nominees were put into four categories: The Ringleaders, The Whip crackers, The Grafters and the Money Grabbers. Gunge buckets were auctioned off and Andrew Green, from British Polythene Industries, paid for the privilege of gunging Alan Price, Valpak's Director of Procurement. Gunge Week alone managed to raise over £1,000 as nervous staff voted strategically to get themselves out of the running.

Rugby Xmas Friends and Family Charity Get Together - 2009

This event is held every year and as well as the social and games element, the evening raises money for the featured charity. In 2009 Kamla Foundation was chosen and the 150 people that attended gave generously to raise £900! With gift aid this sum was boosted to £1200!!

Woodbank Pre-school Playgroup Fundraisers - Nov 2009

Woodbank Pre-school Playgroup held a cake sale and Xmas Fair in November in aid of the Foundation. Together they raised £150! They also devised a clever Smarties challenge for the children. They asked parents to reward their child with 20p pieces (which were collected in an empty Smarties tube) every time they helped around the home. Not only did the children rise to the challenge and become very good helpers they raised £100 for the Foundation!

Ashton On Mersey School Fundraisers - 2009

Over the course of the academic year the school hosted a range of events which included a book and cake sale. They raised the fantastic sum of £716 to support our Projects in India.

Mini Olympic Games Event - Jul 2009

Offerton Hall Nursery held their very own mini Olympic Games event on Wednesday 6th July in order to fundraise for Kamla Foundation. They kindly supported the Foundation back in 2009, and we were delighted to partner up with them again. All the children received sponsor forms and were well supported by close family and friends.

They raised the fantastic sum in excess of £800 with gift aid this figure is boosted to over £1,000! On the day itself the children endured horrendous weather; biting winds, pelting rain and hailstone for good measure! However they were incredibly resilient and braved the conditions to complete the course in head to toe waterproofs. Once again a big thanks to Offerton Hall Nursery, Staff, parents and all the children for their great support.

Offerton Hall Nursery Sponsored Slide Event - May 2008

Offerton Hall Nursery held a Sponsored Slide event in May 2008 to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation. The staff washed the slide and adorned it with balloons, then the whole Nursery turned out to cheer each child on. Though the weather wasn't on our side, everyone enjoyed the event and the total amount raised was in excess of £800.

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