Fun Day

Ocean Stars Charity Fun Day at Hart Leisure Centre Fleet

OceanStars :: Thursday 7th July 2016 :: This Story

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Hitches La, Fleet GU51 5HS


£3 per child





Lunchtime Cake Sale

18 students from Calthorpe Park School, Fleet who are going to visit Ocean Stars projects in Sri Lanka in October 2016 organised a cake sale in the school court yard on Monday 28th June.

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There were lots of yummy treats on offer! Ice cream, sweets, chocolate brownies, a variety of doughnuts, drinks, biscuits, pot noodles and drinks! The students are busy trying to reach their target of raising £8000 for the work of Ocean Stars. They have raised £5672.00 so far!

The cake sale raised another £302.00 towards this target.

Well done OST CPS team 2016!

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June 2016 Newsletter

What has happened, and what we are doing now...

OceanStars :: Wednesday 29th June 2016 :: This Story

Download our June Newsletter

Maureen Johnston Ocean Stars Chairperson reflects on our work so far in 2016

As ever it has been a busy and at times challenging beginning to 2016 for all the OST trustees. We continue to work towards our goal of providing equal opportunities for all children in Sri Lanka and con-sequently much of our focus remains on the development and provi-sion of pre school education in remote parts of north and east Sri Lanka. Thanks to our supporters, the hard work of our OSL team and the teachers themselves we now run 15 schools and provide educa-tion for over 500 children. As trustees we are working hard to ensure that our class-rooms are in as good a state of repair as possible and that the educational provision for the children continues to develop.
Our child sponsorship programme is ongoing and the children are visited regularly to check on their progress and to ensure that the sponsorship money is used correctly. Likewise we are monitoring the progress of our sewing and other livelihood projects, as we try to support families in building a better future for themselves.
We are constantly encouraged and delighted at the progress and development of OST's work but are very aware that none of it would be possible without your support. So a huge thank you from myself and the trustees for all your contributions. There is lots more to do as we try to bring hope to these remote, poor communities and we look forward to continuing to work with you.


It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mrs Nadarajah who founded and ran Grace Children's Home In Vavuniya . She devoted the last 15 years of her life to the service of others and was an inspiration to all who met her. She was full of love and compassion and Grace was always a warm and welcoming home. She was "amma" (mother) to all the orphaned and dis-placed boys who entered her care. The children were able to leave their traumas by the front gate and enter a space where love and faith overcame all adversity. We will miss her. May she rest in peace.



Ocean Stars Newsletter - June 2016

Maureen Johnston Ocean Stars Chairperson reflects on our work so far in 2016

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The Ocean Stars newsletter for June 2013 is now available!

Read the Ocean Stars Newsletter June 2016

Triathlon for Ocean Stars

D DAY: Friday 10th June

OceanStars :: Sunday 26th June 2016 :: This Story

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7am up lots of butterflies in my tummy, down stairs for porridge BIG bowl, check bag with change of  clothes and swimming gear, Ali is going to look after that till I get there for swim, then off at 8am to drop bag off at leisure centre.

Bike checked packed with water, snack bars and sweets.

Graham has to go and pick up Martin from Station, so on my own, now I really want to get going but have half hours to wait as I can't swim till 11.45 as swimming lessons in pool till then.

9.10am I'm ready, loo again, Graham home, check list again! Phone, metre to tell me distance, last text to friends to say I am on my way. Ocean Stars here we go!

We are off and I am feeling really good, I'm flying, nice and quiet on the roads, feeling very upbeat,( which was very different from when I did my canal walk in 2014, the first hour my head was full of though, thinking about people, that were no longer alive even a bit tearful), but this time I am buzzing, cruising along and enjoying it, chatting to myself (a bit worrying)  I see people thinking "you just think I'm a middle aged women out for a little bit of exercise" little did they know this was a woman on a mission.  I arrive at a sort of half way point and look at watch 9.30 wow I'm speeding along,  so in my head I am thinking if  I get there earlier could I do a bit more, brave words thinks she.

On I go then we get to cricket hill and I find myself going DOWN FAST, no cars. "Go for it Sandra", middle of the road, feet of the peddles and I am singing out loud "Rains Drop are falling on my head" and grinning from ear to ear!!  Wow watch out missy remember the next bit it goes up up up, get those peddles going and I zooming along. Then that long long drag starts, get into that low gear, try not to run out of gears too soon,(only 5 working) bums off the saddle and legs feeling strong, then here it is the road from hell and the hill that just keeps going up and up the road to Alton. Lots of lorries and cars and I keep going and going, in gear 3 for about 2 minutes and then I find myself on my lowest gear , no more gears too help m! The lorries come snugly close to me but love it or not they have to crawl behind me ,the old bum is off the saddle and the pressure is on I am determined to show them I can get up this hill without getting off and I am a women possessed . I hope they can't hear me as I am really shouting at myself to get up this hill, "come on you can do it, get those legs going come on nearly there" I can see the brow of the hill I can feel it getting easier YES YES, what a relief, ok now get some speed up for the next bit, and I am there zooming down to off up the high street, along over the canal, now that brings back memories. I was wet, soaked but I did complete 38 miles in 11 hrs in the rain so if I can do that, this is a breeze. Today it is cool and the sun is just breaking through. Still doing good time almost at leisure centre, 1hr 15, yes, check in with Ali, then off I go for the Run. Music in my ear, its day dream time, and as I walk I eat my banana and snack bar, then I am ready to run, legs a bit heavy but ok better than I thought, then ooops I need the loo and not a wee, so can't run but luckily I have made good time, so call in at the leisure centre (break loo seat tee hee) then off I go again to finish in 55mins. I am now early. I  got 25mins before I can swim, Ali checks the distant gizmo and  says "you have only done 19miles",my heart sinks" I told everyone it was a 22mile ride each time", my face drops, Ali say it's ok it doesn't matter. She tries to convince me that people won't ask and if they do they won't mind, "NO NO I made a promise so I have to do it",  Ali I looks at me and says, "I  hear you, so what can we do", so I know I can do 90 lengths  in and an hour so that means I can make a mile up, and I did a  4mile run so two of them that's  another mile so I have to make up 2 miles, so I decide to add a section onto the end of bike ride. I feel happier now.

Picture: /files/latest-news/218/w288/triathlon-swim.jpgOk off for swim, Ali is swimming as well so that's really nice that makes me happy, 1hr later and 90 lengths, I am feeling good legs  ok and arms not too tired. I change, cover myself in talc and the clothes go on easier, then like a bullet from the sky:  where's my key to the padlock on my bike, panic, bag emptied on floor, drop the metre on floor that shows distance,  and yes it breaks open, fingers and thumbs, panic, start looking, see if  it's  outside on the bike  "Ali I really need you" back to Crèche not in there I am going crackers, right  phone Graham tell him to come and cut the lock off, Ali outside checking if someone can cut it in the centre.  I look at her she looks at me then she says to me "ok Sandra as there are no kids in the room go on you are allowed to say what you want!" (I rarely swear) so I look at her and out it comes "F######k" she looks at me" feel better?" "Yes" then we look up and there hanging up on my helmet is the key, we laugh, so wasted 20mins, time to go.

Run, here we go I am pumped and I run like the wind, only walk 3 times for the count of 100, then 50 minutes later and I am coming across the car park and there are 2 angels  coming out of the centre they see me and my heart sings. Big hugs photos chat then off for my swim its now 3.05. Dilanee and Maureen are on pool side big smiles and off I go, now did the 90 lengths feeling tired and still positive, Grahams was waiting for me stuffed food in mouth feeling a wobbly so sit for a couple minutes then off we go 4.25pm, and the legs really don't belong to me, so this is now about endurance. Steady steady but the road is busy,  mind is thinking negative thoughts , tick myself off keep going Sandra,  however I did sing down cricket hill, and I didn't get of that bike and walk up the long  long hill from hell to Alton, slow but steady, bit of shouting at myself to get up this hill, then this car came so close serious wobble ,then how the black thoughts creep in, News Flash women knocked of bike while doing a charity triathlon! Then the positive thoughts flow in, now in day dreaming mode, reflecting on the fact that as I am doing this people are sending money to Ocean Stars  Trust "to raise funds for  new dormitory for a small orphanage . All worthwhile, I think to myself.  Off we go did ok now and then I hit the wall mentally and physically and knees are really hurting and head ache and so so so saddle sore (on fire is a better word) tee hee.

So the extra two miles are coming up and I so want to just go home, "no one will know" but I will, so get going Stokes, and I did, pulled in the drive at 5.15 8hrs 15 mins, the garage door open and Graham the knight in shining armour waiting......I think he could see the pain on my face and tiredness, well done, go sit down go sit down and have a drink


OST Charity Quiz Night

Friday 7th July, Fleet

OceanStars :: Sunday 26th June 2016 :: This Story

Charity Quiz Night

Time: 7:45pm

Place: Fleet Town Football Club

Price £10 per person (includes quiz + pizza)

Tickets available at the door

Please come and support us to help make a difference to the lives of children in Sri Lanka.

For details contact:

Ruth Hughes

Mudslides In Sri Lanka

Ocean Stars Trust Asked To Provide Packs Of Dry Food To Victims Of Recent Mudslides In Sri Lanka

OceanStars :: Tuesday 24th May 2016 :: This Story

£7.50 will provide a family with a pack of dry food rations.

Please donate through our website and help a family who have lost everything and have got to start again.

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Curry Night 2016

Our 10th annual curry night! Wow!

OceanStars :: Monday 23rd May 2016 :: This Story

Yet again our faithful supporters (joined with several new faces) turned out on this glorious May evening to enjoy a veritable feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.

Our friends were able to enjoy their meal to the lovely accompaniment of music. Many thanks to them and to our very own master of ceremonies, John, for making the night go so well.

With the team of other friends who made curries, rotis, cakes etcetera, not forgetting the table preparation helpers and washers up, (without whom the event would not have gone so smoothly) the evening went very well and again the result was brilliant!

It really is a tribute to Dilanee that this is now firmly on the calendar each year and that no one wants to miss. If you are new to OST and live in Fleet (providing you enjoy curries of course ) do join us next year you won't be disappointed that you did!


Everyone welcome. Pushchair, mobility scooter and wheelchair friendly!

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Ocean Stars Trust invite you to join us on our


Pushchair, mobility scooter  and wheelchair friendly!

Well behaved dogs welcome!!

Saturday 11th June

9:30 AM

Every welcome!

Help us to change the lives of children in Sri Lanka

For more details or to register your interest please call us on 01252 614150 or email


Ocean Stars Coffee Morning

Fleet Methodist Church

OceanStars :: Wednesday 11th May 2016 :: This Story

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Ocean Stars Coffee Morning
Saturday 14th May 2016
Lots of Yummy cakes!!
Fleet Methodist Church