Kiddies Fund draws in cash for charities
Last day of Herald-backed campaign — but it’s not quite ready for closure yet
Today is the last of the 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany or Reyes in Spanish (when children here traditionally receive presents and are otherwise made to feel like kings) — a day which has always marked the close of the Kiddies Xmas Fund campaign. In the past we have always accompanied that occasion with warm thanks for the donors plus a list of all contributors and we intend to honour that tradition today but within the limitations of our new incarnation as a weekly.
First, the easy part — a huge thank you to all giving their money in a negative economic year to brighten up Christmas for children in need.
And especially to the Argentine-British Community Council (ABCC) for assuming the burden of responsibility when our downsized human resources made it impossible for us to continue organising this charity.
But being a weekly presents various barriers to winding up today. In the old days we would write up the year’s campaign on the first Sunday after Reyes with the collection fully concluded and a complete list of donors following our words of thanks. But today is the last day with a few hours still left to donate (ABCC’s address is Esmeralda 634 2D if you’re downtown or call 5254-8064/5) so any list published today would risk being incomplete, leaving out last-minute contributors. Nor is the ABCC in a position to anticipate a full list since it would need details from people now on holiday.
So a full list will hopefully be published next Friday. All we can say for now is that we have a provisional total just short of 30,000 pesos (almost any last-minute donation would take us over that mark!) as compared to 22,600 pesos and 20 dollars for 2015 — up by about 32 percent. That might fall short of 2016 inflation (estimated at 40-43 percent) but would be in line with most people’s pay increases so a pretty good effort, thank you all very much again.
Our five Kiddies Xmas Fund charities cover a wide range of needy children — orphans, the handicapped and the poor. The quintet consists of the Anglican Church Action Group, El Alba Homes, the Boca Mission, the Salvation Army and VITRA. Of these, the Salvation Army should be too well-known to need any introduction while the Anglican Church Action Group is obviously a religious charity.
The other three are not so self-explanatory. EL Alba Homes in Temperley, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, was founded by the philanthropist William Morris, providing schooling as well as a home for orphans and children from broken homes — true to its founder, it gives high priority to teaching English, thus being a rare example of a bilingual lower-class school. The Boca Mission (the neighbourhood where Morris started his philanthropic work) has a similar focus. Finally, VITRA is a foundation for handicapped children, seeking to endow them with skills to overcome their disadvantage.