A record breaking net amount of 87,374 TL, over 12,000 TL more than last year was raised by the 3C’s during their 2013 fundraising year.

This announcement was made by 3C’s outgoing Chairman Peter Clark when the Çalış based children’s charity held its Annual General Meeting recently.

Summing up the year, Peter said “What a great year it has been. A record amount of money raised, a record amount of money spent and a record amount of feel good factor, having seen the youngsters and some of the amazing students that we have helped.

However, none of this could happen without the dedication, support, and time given, from our tremendously hard-working committee, volunteers and our loyal supporters”.

Continuing he said “One of the major things that has pleased me personally is our shift in emphasis from providing such things as air con units, projectors etc. for schools, to helping really deserving, disadvantaged youngsters and their families to really make a difference to their lives.

What is more rewarding than to give a child a chance to hear music, birds singing, their parents talking and eventually a chance to learn to speak?”

Resources and Spend

During the year, the children’s charity spent 66,000 TL on children’s projects. A further 34,000 TL has been allocated against ongoing projects and commitments.

These projects and commitments have included providing hearing aids for several youngsters, a special sonic ear for one young girl, tilt tables and wheelchairs for a local rehabilitation centre, 10 bursaries (increased to 15 in 2014) to allow students to attend university who would otherwise be unable to afford to do so.

School uniforms for children from poor families, ongoing funding to provide a welfare assistant to take care of the personal hygiene needs of disabled youngsters at a local disabled unit, providing playground equipment for several village schools, specialist educational toys for a school’s disabled unit, replacement windows for a village school and much needed equipment, books and educational toys for several other village schools.

The charity has also strongly supported the new Fethiye Love Houses initiative, which provides permanent homes for small groups of orphans and other children whose parents are unable to look after them, by providing nearly 10,000 TL of equipment and toys.

They also took these youngsters on a memorable boat trip in the summer.

The charity has committed to helping this worthwhile initiative further in 2014.

Governance

To read more about where the money was raised and where it was spent and to see a full financial statement of the year’s accounting, please see the charities comprehensive 2013 Annual Report which can be read or downloaded from their new look website www.3cscharity.org

Hard copies of this report, which is also being translated into Turkish, can also be seen at the 3C’s charity shop in Çalış, FETAV office and several local restaurants.

At the AGM the following officers were proposed and elected for 2014:

The New Board

Chairman – Peter Clark

Vice-Chairman – Kevin Duke

Joint Secretaries – Chrissie Clark/Jan Freeman

Treasurer – Liz Burton

School Visits and Projects Coordinator – Graham Whitaker

Website/Social Media Officer – Sian Midgley

Shop Liaison Officer – Lynne Peabody

Shop General Manager – Susan Duke

Shop Secretary – Julia Bailey

Belediye consultants – Dilek Dinçer, Kadriye Cayci, Halime Ok

Çalış Association consultant – Mete Ay

Can You Help?

If you are interested in the work of the 3C’s and would like to help, either by joining the committee or as a shop volunteer in their popular charity shop, please ring 0536 373 9520 or email threecscharity@hotmail.com the charity would love to hear from you.

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