The Chances for Children Foundation, a charity that sponsors orphaned Ugandan children in Kampala, has recently launched the Yacht Goods Donation Program (#C4Cyachtdonations) to help disadvantaged kids In Uganda. Here’s all you need to know and how you get can get involved…
This program is welcoming donations of gently-used towels, sheets, crew uniforms and clothing (including jackets), shoes, medical kits, toiletries, recently out-of-date and any other products that are no longer needed on board yachts. The children are aged six to 18, therefore all items will be put to good use.
Gabrielle Crump, the president and founder of C4C explains: “We are very open to food stuffs too, however tins would be rather expensive to send as they are quite heavy. The children always like to try new things too, so the odd bags of sweets are always very popular! Electrical goods are also welcome however if any laptops become available, they need to be taken physically by myself as the transporters are not allowed to import them. Of course, crew are also very welcome to donate any personal items they no long want too!”
How does it work?
The best thing to do is to drop an email to [email protected] who will be coordinating the transport.
The items are sent through a shipping company in London who ensures that items are delivered safely to Uganda, managing shipping and customs clearance. The price is £4.50/kg and this is paid directly to the transporters. Chances for Children will happily supply a photo of every consignment arriving and it being used onsite along with a thank you message from the children.
Who’s on board so far?
Burgess, Fraser, Camper & Nicholsons, Hill Robinson, Northrop & Johnson and Superyachts Monaco, Yachtzoo have joined the program so far, with the team from Burgess explaining: “As leading participants in the luxury yacht business, Burgess is hugely aware of its social responsibilities and welcomes the opportunities that our privileged position places on us to support not only the environment through various Blue Ocean incentives, but also some extremely worthwhile associated causes such as C4C by encouraging our managed fleet to contribute to this important charity.”
What triggered the initiative?
Gabrielle’s husband Russell Crump has been in the yachting industry for 22 years, so together they have many friends in the industry and wanted to see how the yachting sector’s wealth could benefit the children. “So many yachts are obliged to give away things at the end of the season or when they become gently worn, as when people are paying hundreds of thousands of euros a week to stay onboard, they expect everything to look new,” she explained. “It seemed so logical to get these things sent somewhere they can really go to good use.”
What do they hope to achieve?
“These children have literally come from having nothing, so they are incredibly grateful for everything that is given to them,” says Gabrielle. “They always feel so much better when they get clothes in a good state, and access to good items to use, it's so good for their self-esteem! We are always in need of basic medical supplies too. Every child in our care has a trunk where they store their worldly belongings in (that they store under their bed) as we don't have space for cupboards.”
“Our moto is always to be 100% transparent,” she adds. “It's critical that people understand that every euro/donation goes to the kids and we don't take administration fees.”
About Chances for Children
Chances for Children is a home for 55 orphan children in Uganda run by Russell and Gabrielle Crump. They have been rescued from slums, hospitals and churches and now live in a large family environment in Kampala, Uganda and attend private school. The charity is registered in both Monaco and the UK, and is 100% responsible for supporting an orphanage with 56 children in Kampala, Uganda, between the ages of six to 18.
For more information about how you get can get involved, click here.
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