The Çalış Children’s Charity went on a 45,000 TL Christmas Shopping spree last week and here is what they bought for local good causes (sing while you read-a-long to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.)

On the first day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Bayir school – a large village school located off the Antalya road on the way to Seki –

19 winter coats, 42 pairs of strong boots and shoes, socks, tights and tracksuits, 1 school bag, 4 electric sobas, 3 woodburning sobas, 10 soba buckets, 30 soba pipes, a computer sound system, 4 footballs, 4 volleyballs, 2 handballs, 2 basketballs, loads of craft materials, pencils, paper, finger paints, reading books, 2 donated printers and a pair of weighing scales (every school is now required to weigh the children).

On the second day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Cumhuriyet School –

2 overhead projectors and screens, 2 donated laptops, 60 packets (12 boxes) of photocopy paper, 240 exercise books, 50 notebooks, hundreds of pencils, rubbers and sharpeners, giant Lego, 7 glove puppets, face paints, play dough, lots of wooden puzzles, jigsaws, reading books, stencils and lots of other educational pre-school toys and games.

On the third day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Eldirek village school –

An outside playground activity centre with slide, cargo net and climbing frame, 2 sets of double swings, 2 seesaws and 4 large wooden picnic tables complete with benches.

On the fourth day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Ortaköy village school –

1 overhead projector and screen and three 18000 bthu air conditioning units to heat the nursery and first and second year classrooms (these rooms had no heating and the school did not want sobas where there were very young children)

On the fifth day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Dereköy school – a small village school up in the mountains –

2 sets of double swings, 2 seesaws, 2 large wooden picnic tables with benches, giant Lego, a basketball hoop with stand, 2 footballs and a basketball, 2 spacehoppers, a large selection of story books, 3 glove puppets, exercise books and pencils, stencils, playdough, face paints, skipping ropes and a selection of educational toys.

On the sixth day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Karslioğlu school – a large school near the university in Tasyaka –

a new laptop to operate the projector for the first year class

On the seventh day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for the local Girls Rehabilitation Centre –

2 backgammon and 2 Okey sets, Metropol, and Tabu board games, Scrabble, Jenga, 3 large jigsaws, a donated digital camera, a refurbished football table and a magnetic dartboard.

On the eighth day of Christmas the 3C’s bought for Bozalan Village School, one of the poorest schools in the Fethiye education area located high up in the mountains –

half the cost of roof repairs to replace the badly leaking roof (the classrooms were so wet that they could only use two rooms out of four), a full log burning sealed central heating system with radiators in all classrooms (this had been donated to the 3C’s for them to allocate to a suitable school by a very generous anonymous sponsor who will also install the system)

In the days before Christmas the 3C’s also purchased –

56 full sets of school uniform for children from poor families in the Fethiye area and we also committed to funding 15 annual university bursaries to assist poor students in the local area to attend university.

45k Spent

All of the above items have either been purchased or are on order and will be delivered and installed within the next couple of weeks.

In the case of the student bursaries, the 3C’s have committed to paying 1,500 TL every month for the academic year.

The cost of all of these purchases once the invoices have been received and paid from the 3C’s special bank account held by FETAV (Fethiye Foundation for Tourism, Promotion, Environment, Culture and Education) is estimated to be in the region of 45,000 TL – approximately £15,000.

This does not include the cost of their sponsor’s central heating system and other donated items. As items are delivered and installed, members of the 3C’s committee will be visiting all of the schools over the next month and will provide a report and photos of each project so that you can see where all the money raised has been spent and best of all see the smiling faces of the children.

Thank You

Said 3C’s Chairman Peter Clark:

“None of these purchases would be possible without the help and generosity of our wonderful supporters. Whether you have donated unwanted items to, or purchased items from, our charity shop or the committee stall at our monthly car boot sales, have paid for a stall at one of our fairs or car boots, attended one of our many fundraising events, bought out items for our raffles or purchased a raffle ticket, donated or pledged an item or service to our annual Promises Auction or put a bit of loose change in one of our collecting buckets you are the ones that have made all this possible.

Thank you all so much.

All of us at the 3C’s would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year and would like to thank you all wholeheartedly for your help and support”.