November 2008 Newsletter
November has been an extraordinarily busy month for Centru Tbexbix! Enjoy reading the news.
The Sunrise reading club was officially launched this month. For quite some time a small number of children with learning difficulties were attending an individual session of half an hour every week, apart from the usual one-and-a-half hourly sessions of group activities. After informing the parents that this programme was going to be expanded to cater for more children who need help with reading, we received 15 new registrations and so decided to dedicate three sessions of half an hour each every week. So on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5pm, as well as Fridays at 3pm, each child chooses a book and reads to the tutor who checks understanding and writes difficult words on flashcards which are taken home to practice.
During reading club time, all hands on deck, … Didi, Katherine, Pamela, Jana, Natasha, Elaine and Claire… the more volunteers the better. We're aiming for the sessions to become one to one. The kids are very impatient to read to their tutor, they don't like to take turns.
We are happy to have two new volunteers join our team. Claire and Elaine, two psychology and education students who are required to do 50 hours voluntary work as part of their course requirements, have chosen our project and are giving a valid contribution to our programmes. Both are assisting during the "dolphins" (seniors) sessions, on different days, as well as in the reading club.
Re-use and Recycle at our fundraising bazaar
During the second weekend of November, for two days Centru Tbexbix turned into a Christmas bazaar. We sold Christmas decorations and Christmas trees and gifts and nic-nacs, but the favourite item was the carob cake… Didi baked no less than 24 cakes over the two days, all of them made to order of the neighbours.
Our appreciation to the volunteers who offered their hours, the people who donated new and second-hand goods as well as to our enthusiastic clients. Special thanks to Piscopo Gardens who donated a number of plants.
Who said vegetarian food is boring? Not only can vegetarian food be appetising, but it is good for our health and the planet also. A second fund-raising activity this month was another vegetarian dinner, attended by 80 people who braved the stormy weather of the 22nd November to taste our variety of tasty dishes. We now have a number of faithful regular patrons, and as always, the positive comments of our guests are enough compensation for the work required to make these events a success. A couple of people who came for the first time expressed that they never thought vegetarian food would taste so good, and promised they'll come again !
Seems that our work is regularly attracting media attention. Our photo of Shanikwanne in last month's newsletter was published in the Sunday Times education section, with a report about the residential weekend. Go to: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20081109/education/children-nature-get-up-close-and-personal/.
It-Torca of the 30th November carried a two-page feature, after interviewing Didi and Katherine and one of the parents, Denise. And once again we had a tv crew film Didi in a short slot for a programme on One TV. Sounds like enough publicity for one month!
And as the year draws to a close, may we take the opportunity to wish all of you and your families health, happiness and love during the festive season and times ahead.
There are many different ways to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance - in fact a handyman is needed at present!), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.
For more information on how you can help, call us on 21/27 805130 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This newsletter will be coming to you every end of the month, with the intention of keeping regular contact with the growing circle of friends of Centru Tbexbix, keeping everyone informed of what is happening as well as sharing the inspiration of this blossoming community project.