Çalış Children’s Charity had a busy couple of months with the run up to the end of the year with the hugely successful Christmas Fair and New Year’s Day Splash, school visits and meetings, the normal running of the shop, collecting much needed donations and the ever growing Car Boot Sales.
3rd December: 3C’s Christmas Craft Fair
The ever popular and successful Christmas Fair had over 150 stalls selling all manner of Crafts and goodies to satisfy your Christmas needs. The rainy weather held until the afternoon, giving time for Santa and his helpers to arrive and hand out presents to the children.
This year the mulled wine was made and sold for the charity by Paula and Mick and what a brew it was, selling out in record time! The tombola stall also did well and was sold out by 2pm with prizes for everyone.
Çalış promenade buzzed with hundreds of people coming from far and wide to stock up on goods and gifts with many eating at the local restaurants. With home-made decorations, traditional Christmas treats and many craft items on sale, there was something for everyone.
Our thanks go to stall-holders and visitors for continuing to support this event.
3C’s would like to thank all those who helped with preparations and on the day to make it so successful.
Our thanks also go to the local Zabita who attended to help the smooth running of the event and who also supplied Santa’s ‘Sleigh’, in the guise of one of their pick-up trucks.
Car boot events are held on Sundays during the winter months and are very popular with both buyers and sellers, so come along and find that bargain you have been looking for.
Car Boot Sales
Dates of the next Car Boot Sales are:
Sunday 20th January 2019
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Sunday 17th February 2019
If anyone would like to help and give some of their time on a Sunday morning to set up this event, we are looking for volunteers , please contact 3C’s on Facebook page or at the shop.
New Year’s Day Splash
To bring in the New Year, nine brave souls took the plunge into the cold January waters of Çalış to raise money for charity. 3C’s also invited another local charity to join in the fun event.
It has become a favourite of many locals who go along to watch the splashers in fancy dress taking a dip. They were cheered on by spectators for the five minutes they have to stay up to their necks in the water. The splashers were sponsored by family and friends to take part, with Gareth Patten (The Bride) raising a wopping 2,000 lira and Desree Sarıoğlu (the Pirate) raising an amazing 1,295tl for 3C’s.
A huge well done and thank you from us all . A further 484 tl was raised from generous donations. The event was covered by Anadolu Ajansı for National TV. The money raised will provide much needed help for local children.
Gareth Patten also won the bottle of wine for the best fancy dress as voted for by the spectators in the Bambu Restaurant, who hosted the event.
Advent Calendar organised by Çalış Beach Forum
Çalış Children’s Charity have long been supported by Çalış Beach Forum. One of their annual fund raisers is organised by ‘Highlander’ and is an Advent calendar, where members pay to have a number on the calendar.
Once again, members dug deep into their pockets and have donated £538 to the charity.
A fantastic and incredibly generous amount, and we offer our heartfelt thanks to you all.
Now for the Important News
What do 3C’s do with the funds raised in the charity shop, at events and from donations?
We continue to support 15 students through university by providing bursaries. This helps students who otherwise may have financial difficulty in being able to attend University.
As part of the ongoing support of local schools, December also saw the committee visiting one of the schools who have applied for help. It was discussed with the teachers and school manager how 3C’s can best support the children’s needs. They have been granted 10,000 TL to purchase much needed equipment.
There are further applications for hearing implants and over the coming weeks they will be reviewed to see if they can also be granted.
All this can only be achieved because of your generosity, whether it is your time in helping, your donations to the shop, attending and supporting at events or the money you kindly donate, so please, please don’t stop. If you have anything that can be sold in the shop, then take it along.
The shop is located near to Tom London café bar or you can get in touch via the 3C’s Facebook Group.
3C’s are constantly in need of new volunteers so if you can spare some time please contact them or pop down to shop.
Watch out for the next newsletter to keep you updated on events and how, with your help and support, 3C’s continue to help local children and schools.