Do your bit while you shop at Waitrose!
To all our supporters in Fleet...
Chris Booth :: Monday 27th February 2017 :: This Story
To all our Ocean Stars Fleet Supporters.
Waitrose has chosen Ocean Stars Trust as one of their Community Matters charities for March 2017!
So please make sure you shop everyday at Waitrose in Fleet in March and put your token in the Ocean Stars slot!!
Thank you so much.
Ocean Stars Team
CPS team 2017 second student meeting Monday 9th January
Student comments on fund-raising ideas and feelings about their trip
Chris Booth :: Wednesday 15th February 2017 :: This Story
Olivia: I feel confident that we have a large bank of ideas. We now need to come up with a list of resources we need for these activities.
Lyssie: Today we focused more on planning. I think our plans have progressed rapidly as we managed to come up with new ideas.
Tamzin: Getting the activities ready makes it so much more exciting because now are thinking specifically of the children not just the trip itself. I am saving all my old clothes for a car boot sale and I am making cakes for a cake sale.
Nina: I am very excited about planning the lessons for the children and seeing how they unfold. I am also feeling more confident about the lessons having done some planning and brainstorming.
Yasmin: I am really excited about planning our activities. The more we talk the more ideas we think of. I just hope we make sure all of our resources are ready. I am also ready and excited about fund raising and I have some events coming up.
Anya: I am really excited about teaching lessons because we have brainstormed lots of ideas and should be able to complete the preparations in time.
Emma: I am looking forward to doing all the activities and games with the children. I am also looking forward to seeing their reactions to the activities we do with them.
Alicia: I am really excited to start planning the activities for the children and teaching them. I have already started fund raising and I have made £50 so far. I have only sold half of the sweets.
Sam: I am feeling a lot better about the fund raising. I need to look into the materials needed for fund raising.
Samantha: I think we have some good activities and ideas that the kids will love!! The fund raising is slow but we have some thoughts about what we can do and have made plans with people to do cake sales and e-mailing companies to ask for donations.
Lauren: I think we have a lot of good ideas and achievable activities for the schools. As far as fund raising goes I am just beginning. I have got some sponsorship for the walk.
Patrick: I did a car boot sale with my mum but we only made £14. I have also sold some of my old things like Lego sets; comics etc and I have now made over £150. Also I am decorating my Auntie's new flat for £50. It is looking good!
Jess: I am really excited to teach the lessons and meet the children but I am a bit worried that we won't have enough resources or they won't enjoy the activities but I think they will.
Grace: I am very excited and feel a lot more confident with what activities I want to with the children. I also have more ideas for fund raising.
Katie: I am excited to teach the children new games and I am feeling a lot more confident about teaching and being in charge.
Ilay: I am really excited for the trip because we have already thought of the activities that we can do and if we plan them properly we could feel up the whole time.
In Fleet Methodist Church 25th February
Chris Booth :: Friday 10th February 2017 :: This Story
FANCY A PANCAKE?
THEN COME TO THE
"OCEAN STARS PANCAKE CAFÉ"
FLEET METHODIST CHURCH
10.00 AM-1.00 PM
Bring a friend along! We look forward
to seeing you!
Dan Visiting Sri Lanka
Ocean Stars Trustee Revd. Dan Haylett is in Sri Lanka for 10 days
Chris Booth :: Monday 6th February 2017 :: This Story
He is visiting our Ocean Stars Lanka Team on the ground.
On his first day he met members of the Ocean Stars Lanka Committee who support our the work of Diana, Kiruthika, Pooja and Jeraleen.
On Sunday 5th February 2017 Revd. Dan attended a church service at Urani Methodist Church where he spoke about the link that Fleet Methodist Church has set up with Mandur Methodist Church.
During the week Dan will be visiting preschools and collecting data and meeting our new students.
Ocean Stars Lanka receive their first visitors for 2017!
Dilanee’s Auntie Sakun and Uncle Neville from Toronto Canada...
Chris Booth :: Wednesday 1st February 2017 :: This Story
They received a warm welcome when they arrived on Tuesday 31st January at the Ocean Stars Lanka Office by our Ocean Stars Lanka Team, Diana, Kiruthika, Pooja and Jeraleen. They will be spending two days visiting our projects and getting to know Ocean Stars operations on the ground.
If you are interested in visiting Sri Lanka or any of our projects do get in touch.
The CPS Team - How are they feeling about their fund-raising so far?
The team reflect on their targets, fund-raising and feelings about the trip to Sri Lanka
Chris Booth :: Monday 23rd January 2017 :: This Story
CPS TEAM 2017 SECOND STUDENT MEETING
MONDAY 9TH JANUARY
Olivia: Charity cricket match, tuck shop, cake/food sale at summer cricket BBQ. I am excited about fundraising and start building up towards our target. The trip could not come sooner.
Lyssie: Colour obstacle run in Windsor (20th May), football refreshments, cake/food sales. Twelve marathons in twelve months and car boot sales. I feel very honoured to go to Sri Lanka and it is definitely going to be a life changing opportunity.
Tamzin: Car boot sale, infant school events, club events. I am excited about fund raising as I want to push myself to see how much I can raise. I am so excited for our Sri Lanka trip.
Nina: Selling cakes to my swimming team and doing cleaning. I feel motivated about fund raising and more relaxed about it.
Yasmin: Selling handmade cards, car wash, cake/food sale at school and other groups. I am excited about starting to fund raise. I am excited about spending time with people in Sri Lanka.
Anya: Grim Challenge Completed (raised £150) , stall at Farmer's market, summer party, second hand sale. I am looking forward to fund raising and working together with other people to raise money.
Emma: Cake sales, bike rides and mufti days. I am looking forward to fund raising. I am very excited to go to Sri Lanka and work in the schools and see how different the culture is out there.
Alicia: I'm really excited to go on the trip and visit the schools because I really want to help and see what it is like in Sri Lanka.
Chris: Helping out friends, family and neighbours with any jobs that they might have for extra cash. Also want to do the London to Brighton bike ride. I feel more reassured about fund raising.
Alex: Thinking about writing to Velmead school to ask them to do a mufti day, coffee morning. I am no longer worried about fund raising and I am excited about going on the trip.
Kieran: Car boot sales and stalls at school fairs
Sam: Car boot sales, mufti days and cake sales. I feel more confident now about fund raising. I am really looking forward to going to Sri Lanka.
Samantha: I am most looking forward to the elephant orphanage and the Jeep safari. I'm most worried about the fact that I will be homesick and will miss my parents.
Ben: Cake sales, sponsored sport, BBQ, mufti. I am happy to fund raise as I have done it before.
Patrick: Tuck shop, curry night. I feel ok about fund raising and I am looking forward to see how much we will make. I am really excited for the 18th of October.
Jess: Sponsored run (colour dash) cake/ food sales, sponsored swim (Rushmoor synchronised swimming club), donations at dance shows, find a job and ask my parents to fund raise at work. I am excited about fund raising.
Grace: Bag packing, sponsored bike ride/ run. I am more reassured about fund raising now as we can fundraise together and work as a team to come up with ideas and reach our target.
Ben: Bag packing, sponsored run, litter picking, second hand book sale
Katie: Busking, donation at the end of choir concert, cakes sales at parents work and school. I am looking forward to fund raising. I am excited about going to Sri Lanka and can't wait to meet the people and to see the country and its culture.
Charity Quiz Night hits the Headlines
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our quiz night for Ocean Stars Trust
Chris Booth :: Sunday 22nd January 2017 :: This Story
Quiz night raises £ 778.00 for work of Ocean Stars in Sri Lanka.
BIKE SRI LANKA - Pedalling for Preschools
On the 26th of December 2013, Sophie Stevens & Pete Oswald began a 27 day mountain bike tour around Sri Lanka. The goal was to raise enough money to replace a roof on the Karaveddy Preschool in the Eastern Province, an area badly effected by Civil War and
Chris Booth :: Thursday 12th January 2017 :: This Story
We just found this beautiful video from 2 years ago - Sophie and Pete on their mountain bike tour around Sri Lanka. Their goal was to raise enough money to replace a roof on the Karaveddy Preschool in the Eastern Province - which they did! Pete & Sophie rode 1274km, climb over 8100m and raised over $5466 NZD - a fabulous effort.
You can see the results in the video! https://vimeo.com/92173997
Visiting Sri Lanka
Find out about Jenny Dixon's experience volunteering for Ocean STars in Sri Lanka
Chris Booth :: Thursday 5th January 2017 :: This Story
At half term I had the privilege of joining a group of 35, including 18 youngsters and 4 teachers from a secondary school in Fleet (team 1), who went to work with a charity called Ocean Stars, based in Batticola in east Sri Lanka. I was part of team 2, who visited the 15 pre-school groups funded by the charity in remote areas where the is otherwise no provision for free early schooling.
The Ocean Stars Trust was started after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, when the whole of the east coast of Sri Lanka was affected by this while still suffering in the Civil War with the Tamil Tigers. More than 5000 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka in the tsunami. Team 1 worked in secondary Schools, bringing fresh ideas, enthusiasm and laughter into lives devastated by events. In 2 school half the students were left as orphans and 1 teacher lost the whole class. The school had to be rebuilt and a counsellor is always on duty.
Team 2, working in pairs, each spent a morning in a pre-school group, basing songs, games and craft work on the story 'Rainbow Fish', which was read by us and translated by an interpreter. A friend and I went to the newest school - just a building beside a road, with concrete floor and open sides above shoulder height. No water, no toilets, little equipment, but happy, co-operative, well-behaved children who readily joined in with everything we had organised for them. Our parting gift to every single child a teddy bear, lovingly knitted in Britain. (These are given every year, so contributions are always welcome.)
On two mornings we travelled by tuk-tuk to a small village where a community centre has been set up for women who have been left as head of the household. Here they can meet, relax and make things to sell. A teacher comes to teach tailoring and another to instruct in the use of the three computers housed in a shipping container held aloft on what will be the toilets. They are also hoping to provide English lessons. We worked on the concrete floor and the water for tea had to be collected from the village, but a well was opened while we were there and the toilets will come in time! Solar panels on the roof of the shipping container provide power. We showed the ladies (originally a group of 15, but word must have got out and the numbers increased to the top 20s!) how to make greetings cards using several different methods and were pleased with the skill showed and the colours the combined.
One evening we all went to a school hall and shares lots of different activities with people with impaired hearing and on another occasion we were treated to an entertainment by the secondary students from Batti and from Fleet.
What a wonderful experience it was, and all instigated by a lovely Sri Lankan lady who left the island when she was 14 and who is quite sure that God has lead her to do this work and guides everything she plans.
May God continue to bless her and the work of Ocean Stars Trust.
Quiz Night in Fleet
20th January - come and support our quiz night
Chris Booth :: Thursday 5th January 2017 :: This Story
Ocean Stars Trust Invite you to join us at our Charity Quiz Night on Friday 20th January, 7:45pm at All Saints Parish Hall, Church Road, Fleet
Tickets are £10 per person which includes the quiz and pizza. Please bring your own drinks.
Tickets are avaqilable on the door or for more details contact Ruth 01252 614150 email@example.com
Please come and support us and help to make a difference to the lives of children in Sri Lanka.