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Fundraising takes the majority of the Sashita Trustees’ time, and is crucial to the survival of our Charity. Since we formed in 2008, we have been amazed by the generosity of our friends, family, colleagues and the many people from further afield, who have given an enormous amount to help us achieve some of our aims for Samuye.

We have held concerts, football matches, supermarket collection days, sponsored walks, cycles, mountain climbs-including a climb up Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro by our former trustee, Sarah Clark and her friend Alexa Matthews! Our own Grant Finlayson and his friends have done some gruelling feats to raise funds-walking the West Highland Way, and braving the “Tough Mudders” event twice!!

Here are a few photos from some events:- 

“Grant and his dedicated friends on their West Highland Way trip 2009”

“Lesley, Maggie & friends on their Union Canal Sponsored Cycle 2009”

“Sarah & Alexa reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in 2011!”

Sashita’s Grand Ball
This was a very successful venture held in May 2011 at the Heriot Watt Riccarton Campus raising an incredible sum of £9000. We are extremely grateful to all our generous donors.

Handcrafted Goods
One of our most important fundraising ventures is our continued work creating handcrafted goods, such as handbags, jewellery, cushions and other seasonal gift items which we then sell at craft fairs throughout the year. Christine Finlayson is our team expert and has given a great deal of her time, running craft workshops to teach some of the trustees the skills necessary to make sellable, desirable objects. Christine’s friend, Elizabeth Brown has also taught us jewellery making. 

“Christine, Maggie & Lesley showing their creations at one of Christine’s workshops”

In November 2012, we were fortunate enough to meet two young artists, Thomas James Birrell ll and Christopher Farrell. They were enthralled by Sashita’s work and were keen to be involved. Thomas designed our beautiful and captivating new logo and Christopher developed a range of wonderful artworks inspired by our Lesley Lynch’s photos of Samuye. 



“Sashita Logo”, by Thomas James Birrell ll                     United by Chris Farrell  

We have generated a continuous flow of income from the sale of the pictures, mugs, table mats, coasters, greeting cards produced from Christopher ‘s artwork which we also sell at our craft fairs. Below, is an example of our displays at the craft fairs:- 

“Pat, Lesley  & Maggie at Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre’s Christmas Fayre December 2014, displaying Christopher’s range of mugs, cards, coasters, notebooks  & table mats”

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