A large part of Carthusian society is our commitment to charity. From Mufti Days and Bake Sales, to Candlelit Carols and Lack of Talent, there’s a wide host of charitable activities throughout the academic year. Two of our, arguably, most notable charitable efforts are the Charity Dinners for Specialist Parents and Second Year Specialists:
The Charity Dinner for Specialist Parents will be held on Saturday March 11th
in support of Mellon Educate.
The evening will be hosted by former England rugby player Chris Sheasby and will involve an auction: Thanks to the generosity of individuals and organizations, the fantastic prizes include:
- A week’s stay at villa in Bali
- A weekend at an uber luxurious house in Hermanus, hour from Cape Town. The house sleeps 22. All food/drink/staff included.Valued at £10K
- A Swiss chalet for a week (one week in the winter and one in the summer)
- A golf weekend for 4 staying at the Trevose Country Club, Cornwall
- A signed cricket bat from the entire 2015 England team
- Eight tickets to Grange Park Opera
A silent auction will be open to all parents in advance of the evening – giving those who haven’t booked a place at the dinner the opportunity to lay their claim on some of our great prizes. However, not all prizes will be open to the public- our top prizes will be reserved specifically for the night of the dinner itself. For tickets, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity Dinner (Leaver’s Ball) for 2YS on Saturday March 18th
proceeds going to WeySight
All 2YS will be invited to this event and they can purchase tickets through the charity team. The evening will involve a raffle – Specialists at the Leaver’s Ball buy numbered raffle tickets worth £1. Randomly picked tickets will be called out, and the lucky winner stands a chance to win one of many great prizes.
Our chosen charities
The most important part of the dinners, of course, are the charities that they represent:
Mellon Educate is a South African based charity which aims to increase the availability of education in South Africa. https://www.melloneducate.com/. Founded by Niall Mellon (who will be a guest speaker at the Charity Dinner for Parents)- the charity organises many notable excursions, such as is the annual Building Blitz in which volunteers from all over the world work together intensively for a week, building classrooms and schools in rural South Africa. This year, we hope to lend a hand funding their latest venture: the Teaching Blitz, in which they aim to have teachers from UK and Ireland lending a hand in teaching during the summer of 2017, as well as the building of more classrooms to host more children.
Weysight is a local, Godalming based charity dedicated to helping adults with visual impairments. Through classes- teaching IT Skills, Braile and Touch Typing, among others- in Godalming and Guilford (along with free transport thanks to volunteer drivers), the organisation aims to increase the independence of those who go to their sessions. http://weysight.org.uk/
Every year, the charity dinners have been a massive success, and are known to be a great opportunity to have a great time with peers and friends, whilst knowing significant contributions are being made for the betterment of others’ lives. Hopefully this year, the School Monitors and Charity Committee will be able to live up to those expectations.
Aishwarya Viswanath (Charity Monitor, W, 2YS)