When their family friend and former JAM trustee, Keith Avery, died earlier this year, Mischa Hare decided to help raise funds in his memory.
This 10-year-old, who attends Nutfield Church School in Surrey, England, says: “I wanted to do a fundraising event for JAM because it was Keith’s favourite charity. I love the aims of JAM. Several people from our church have been to South Africa to work on JAM ‘Makeover’ projects and I hope to go one day myself!”
Mischa and her friends got together and planned a JAM-boree. They invited people from their church to enjoy a social event after the morning service where they sold paintings, cards, vegetables, African crafts, cakes, toys and offered face painting. Her youth group also held a car wash and barbecue (braai) as well as doing some busking and a tug-of-war.
The group managed to raise £1,000 (about R20 000) in total!
Mischa, who enjoys dancing, singing, art, writing and looking after animals said she wants this money to be spent on a school, promoting education and food for needy children in South Africa.
“I think we should all have the same opportunities and one country shouldn’t be more in need than another country,” she said.
She encouraged other children her age who wish to help others to share their ideas and work as a team to make it happen.
Thank you, Mischa. Your efforts will go a long way towards the next Makeover in honour of Keith Avery, helping pre-school children in an