UPDATE: We are very please to announce that our Auction was a huge success and we raised $1,015 for AYI Centres in Ghana! Thank you to all the wonderful and generous stores involved who donated product and to those who bid and purchased the items. These funds will go a long way towards resources for the children, equipment to set up the centres, rent and salary to the valuable mentors teaching the children. Stay tuned for our next Auction in 2018 and please let us know if you are interested in being involved!
Over the past few weeks, we have been busy behind the scenes organising a special fundraising event on behalf of AYI Centres.
We support AYI Centres as we believe nothing is more important than providing children with the resources they need and to arm them with the knowledge and esteem that they have the potential to achieve a bright future.
AYI Centres set up and run youth centres for children in Ghana. In a country where less than 50% of its children are completing their secondary education, Youth Centres are a brand new concept. AYI Centres aim to be a space where children in the local community can come to learn important life skills, participate in recreational activities and receive focused mentoring and tutoring from peers. AYI Centres aim to “fill the gap” so to speak, in the education system and encourage and empower children to break the cycle of poverty.
AYI Centres recently received a generous donation of computers from the University of NSW and are now looking to set up a dedicated Library and IT Centre so the local children can learn how to use computers and learn about the internet as part of the AYI education program. Only 28% of the current population has access to the Internet, compared to 85% in Australia! The IT Centre will also be open to everyone in the local community. They will be able to search for jobs, work on their resumes, conduct research and study. A small fee will be charged for this service which means the IT Centre will be the first of our centres to become self sufficient and not reliant on donation to run. This is a great step for AYI!
Everything AYI do is completely reliant on donation and volunteers. Setting up the IT Centre is not a small cost and requires funding. And so we are looking to run an online auction on Instagram in order to help us raise these funds.
Adinkra Designs will host the auction on our Instagram Page.
Sunday 10th December 2017, 7pm AEST until Monday 11th December 2017, 9pm AEST.
How does it work?
We will be posting photos of the products and services up for auction on Adinkra Designs instagram page. Comment your highest bid amount under the product or service photo you like. The last comment with the highest bid as of 9pm AEST Monday 11th December 2017, will be the winning bid. Payment to be made to AYI Centres within 24 hours and the store will be contacted with your details to send out your auction prize or issue you with store credit.
What products will be on offer?
We have some amazing brands on board already, including toys, clothing, home decor and more are joining our cause:
Tiny Gypsy T Shirts
Top Knot Girl
Link & Luna
Etty & Boo
Lilah & Co
Savannah & Three
Willow & Beech
Chekoh Baby Carriers
Little Gypsy Co
Made By Dannii
Garzie and May
So mark the date in the diary! We hope you can join us on instagram for our first ever fundraising auction event and help us get closer to our goal of setting up a library and IT Centre for children in Ghana.
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