- From: "s.griffith"
- Subject: mention in new edition of TAKING
A GAP YEAR
- Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001
- I am the author of a guide to gap
years called "Taking a Gap Year" published by
Vacation Work Publications in Oxford. It
includes details of all the major sending
agencies like Project Trust and lots of first
hand accounts from gap year students. While
browsing on the web during my research for
the revised edition of the book (published a
few weeks ago) I followed a link to your
fund-raising diary and was impressed. I took
the liberty of including the web address
along with a sentence or two about your
- I would be delighted to send you a
copy of the book if you are interested. I see
you have posted your address at the Lady Bird
School on the website. I would also be
pleased at some point in the future to
receive an account of your gap year
experiences in Malawi for a future edition of
the book (which will probably not come up for
revision for a year or two).
- Hope you're enjoying your gap year
and let me know if you want a copy of the
- Yours sincerely,
- Susan Griffith (Editor)
- From: "M&B Limb"
- Subject: FW: Greetings from Perth,
- Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001
- I have been checking up on your site, and
see that you are getting around a bit. I hope
you are enjoying the company of your
lizard... probably harmless to you but good
to use to get rid of the flying pests. I was
very glad to read that you have no problems
with the mozzies so far. I wonder if you have
seen all the world news this week. On the
old St Andrew's High School, Blantyre site,
there was a message posted, as many of the
former students either came from the USA to
live in Malawi, or went there to study
afterwards, that the old students are really
feeling it hard. If you have seen it, you
probably wanted to just hug your mum and dad.
I will keep checking up on you, reading
Sandy's writings... I am glad you found that
- Best wishes
- Barbara Limb
- From: "Gemma Gibson"
- Subject: Malawi!
- Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001
- I went on my selection course for Project
Trust a couple of weeks ago. I've been
selected and my first choice is Malawi. I
read your web page and wondered if you could
give me any advice on fundraising. Are you in
Malawi just now? I look forward to hearing
- Gemma Gibson
- From: "M&B Limb"
- Subject: Last call
- Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001
- Just to let you know we are thinking of
you as you set off on this great adventure to
Malawi. Have a wonderful time, and as you
serve the children of Blantyre, feel yourself
grow. Don't forget to take your malaria
medicine, however it has been prescribed (for
us, 50 years ago, it was a daily little
pill), and make sure you check out the
requirements for keeping good health. Hoping
to hear from you. May you feel your venture
blessed from beginning to end..
- Best wishes,
- From: Tom Griffiths
- To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'"
- Subject: From Tom @ gapyear
- Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001
Is it OK to link you properly to our site?
- Let me know...
- Tom Griffiths
- Founder & Director
- Gap Year Company Ltd
- 020 8996 2929 Switchboard
- 020 8996 0371 Fax
- Gable House
- 18/24 Turnham Green Terrace
- London W4 1QP
- Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001
- From: email@example.com
- Subject: Approval to join "The Malawi
- The RingMaster of "The Malawi Ring" has
approved your web site!
- Your site includes the following
- Site Title: zoes malawi fundraising
- Visit the Ring at the following URL:
- With thanks,
- From: Amisha282@aol.com Wed Mar 28
- HI ZOE,
- I WAS LOOKING AT YOUR WEB PAGE WHICH
LOOKS FABULOUS! I AM A FELLOW GAPPER WHO IS
GOING TO SOUTH AMERICA FOR 6 MONTHS AT THE
END OF THE YEAR. I NEED TO GATHER ABOUT
£5000. I AM PLANNING ON WORKING FOR 6
MONTHS AFTER MY EXAMS BUT
- I ALSO NEED TO WRTE OFF FOR SPONSORSHIP.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT
THE VARIOUS DIFFERENT FUNDS THAT DONATED TO
YOU AND WHAT YOU SAID IN LETTERS OF
- IF YOU COULD PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
WITH ME I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL
- AMISHA XXX
- P.S. GOOD LUCK
- >Date: 11 Mar 2001
- >From: andrew mckay
- >Subject: Long Time!
- Hello Guys!
- How is everyone? Have all of you got your
final destinations for Project yet? It looks
like I'm going to Guyana - my first
choice!Woohooo! Have you started getting your
jabs yet? I have had typhoid and hepatitis
A&B.The typhoid one gave me a dead arm
and the Hep A&B gave me a really itchy
arm for about a week.Nothing drastic
though.Have you all had a fundraising meeting
in one place or another? Ours was in
Dundee!Nice! So onto the important stuff!
How's the fundraising going? I think I'm on
about £2k but I'm not sure of the exact
figure. I had a cailidh last week which made
£955.50.I was delighted. how's
school/college going? I am struggling to find
motivation.Only a few weeks to got though!
When are you guys going on training? Maybe
I'll see some of you back on Coll!I can't
wait to meet my partner.
- Anyway, hope you are all well and on
course with your funds. Take care!
- Andrew McKay
- >From: "zglennon"
- >Subject: Wow!!
- >Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001
- I didn't realise you had finished all
your fundraising -well done you!!!! Wish me
luck for March the 9th 'cos that is when my
Race Night is on, I hope to raise a lot of
money. I have got quite good raffle prizes
with stuff from Richard Branson, free cinema
passes, and stuff like that. So what type of
things did you do- I know you did an awful
lot of cake selling, but was that it, did you
get the rest from trusts and things like
that? Do you know anyone else who has
finished, I bet most of the volunteers have
by now-except poor old me! Anyway keep me
- Luv Zo
- >From: "Judith Fairley"
- >Subject: Trip to Malawi
- >Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001
- Hi Zoe
- Yes, I have visited Kate 3 times. Malawi
is a great place and very
- beautiful. Maybe some time when I am
visiting myh parents in Fife we could get
together for a blether - I have lots of
photos. Anyhow do let me know when you know
where you will be going.
- >From: "Judith Fairley"
- >Subject: Trip to Malawi
- >Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001
- I was most interested to read the article
in the Fife Herald about your Project Trust
trip to Malawi. My daughter Kate went to
Malawi about 5 and a half years ago with
Scottish Churches World Exchange to teach
science (although being a graduate from
Edinburgh she was a good bit older than you
when she went). She loved Malawi (or I should
say 'loves' because she is still there!) and
in fact ended up marrying a Malawian and is
now living in Mzuzu. Do you know whereabouts
you will be going? If it is to be anywhere
near Kate then I can give you her address and
maybe you can get in touch. She would be
delighted to meet you. Kate was brought up in
Dunblane but we have Fife connections. I am
from Falkland (although now live in Stirling)
and my parents still live in Kingskettle. I
shall be sending you a cheque to help with
your fundraising. How well I remember all the
car boot sales etc. Kate ran to raise funds!
- Judith Fairley
- From: "Zoe Glennon"
- Subject: Malawi
- Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001
- I've been meaning to write back to you,
but just haven't had the time,
- y'know writing to all these trusts,
charities and things. How are you doing so
far? I have still got a bit of a way to go
yet but I'm not giving up!! Since I know you
like baking I've got this really nice recipe
- chocolate cake-yum! I got it from a
vegetarian cook book-well actually I quickly
copied it out before my mum gave it to my
cousin for her Christmas present. Do you want
me to send it to you? I am not a vegetarian
myself- I love my mum's Sunday dinner too
much. Wish me luck for March 9th cos I am
organising a Race Night to be held at my
college. But everything seems to be going
wrong as the projectionist cannot make it to
that date, so I might have to change it to
the week after. Have you got any good ideas
that I could do to raise loadsa money? Oh
yeah, I'm not looking forward to all these
jabs we've got to have- taking my blood was
bad enough, I was ill for two days after that
which was really strange cos I didn't really
mind needles, but now I have seen the effect
they have on me I mind now!!
- From: "Vicky Douglas"
- Subject: Malawi
- Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001
- Hello Zoe.
- Well done on your fundraising! I'm afraid
mine isn't going quite so well, I've still
got about half the money to raise. Do you
have any tips or ideas for me? I live in
Newcastle, so it was quite a hike to get to
the Isle of Coll for my selection course, but
it was worth it! It seems like so long ago
now, it's scary to think that it's not long
till we go away, I can hardly wait! I haven't
got any of my infections yet, I think I've
already had most of them when I went to
Turkey. So hopefully my arm won't be as sore
as yours! I haven't decided where to go to
Uni yet, but I've had six offers. I think my
will be East Anglia though, to do Development
Studies with French.
- Hope to hear from you again,
- Vicky Douglas
- >From: "Ravie Maddage"
- >Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001
- Hi Zoe,
- Thanks a lot for your leaflet and for
your support. We're still in school so it's
pretty hard to actually raise money... But we
do our best.I sell cakes every week which
makes 8 pounds not too bad,and do a part time
job which should give me 350 quid.Valentine
does some babysitting and sells caramels
(really good!) while Catherine spends her
time studying. We plan to sell stuff at the
school's car boot sale and sell raffle
tickets. We plan to go to India after the a
levels.We'll be teaching at an orphanage in
North India. I'll let u know if anything's
up. If you'd like I can put your leaflet at
the teachers lounge...it might help...
- >From: "Ravie Maddage"
- >Subject: Re: help us!
- >Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001
- Hi Zoe,
- We would like to receive your leaflet.
- Send it to: Ravie Maddage
- 28A london Road
- IG11 8AJ Barking Essex
- How's your fund raising going?
- Thanks for your help.
- >From: "Ravie Maddage"
- >Subject: help us!
- >Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001
- Hi Zoe!
- We visited your site.
- We too are raising funds but it doesn't
work as effectively as yours.
- Do u have any tips?
- >From: "natalie dixon"
- >Subject: Re: Hi you do not know me
- >Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000
- Its nice to hear from someone who had
fiona and Angus as hosts. They really were
the nicest people. However, the 'social' side
of my visit was pretty restricted...I went in
October, and boy it gets cold and windy up
there then!! (70 m/p/h winds!)
- My fund raising is..well, a little on
hold at the moment. I've got my
- modular A'levels to contend with so
things are pretty hectic. However, I
persuaded my school to let me hold a
sponsorship day, which I'm hoping will raise
around £1000(£750 from a
non-uniform day). I have also managed to talk
a local company into giving me £500. How
about you? Its hard isn't it? Do you still
keep in contact with the girl that you stayed
with? I got pretty friendly with Gem, the
girl who I was paired with, so it was all
really cool. I'm going to to say with her for
a while in the hols. Infact, I got pretty
friendly with most of the people on my
course..they were such great people. I still
email and phone about 8 of them..considering
there was only 16 on the course I think that
- I know someone who is going to malawi!!
Her name is Rossie. I'm going to Namibia, and
loads of my friends are going to Botswana,
- South Africa and Uganda. I think we're
all going to meet up when we have our
hols...maybe you could join us? I know its a
long way of yet though...so lets not be too
presumptious! Anyway, I should go..I've
rambled on for ages and ages!!
- Hope to hear from you again
- >From: Eastenders Feedback
- >Subject: RE: [Feedback] fund-raising
- >Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000
- Dear Zoe
- Thanks for emailing the EastEnders
Website. The BBC supports a number of
specific charities, such as Children in Need
and Comic Relief, and likes to focus it's
support in these areas. Unfortunately this
means we would not be able to help you
directly with this. However your project
sounds like a fascinating and worthwhile one,
and we wish you the best of luck with the
fundraising, and your time in Malawi.
- Best Regards
- EastEnders Online
- >From: Effie Jordan
- >Subject: Funding
- >Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000
- The World Development Movement works with
organisations in the South to lobby
institutions in the North for a fairer deal
for those in the South. Unfortunately we do
not have any budget for funding overseas
- All the best with your fundraising and
time in Malawi.
- >From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- >Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000
- your web-site is really good. You've done
a lot more fundraising than me. You've got
some really good ideas, and I might just
borrow some of them, if you don't mind. I'm
just sending off my leaflets and my
- letters to all the local companies. I'm
also going to send my leaflets to everyone in
my christmas cards, and my mums and dads
cards too, so no-one has an excuse not to
give me money! Now, a bit about me. I live in
Conwy, in North Wales. I'm studying Maths,
Geography and French A-levels. Someone, once
forwarded this questionaire thing to me,
which had some good questions on, but I
deleted it. I'll see if I can get it again,
then I'll fill it in and send it to you. I
can also try and send
- you my leaflet, if I can get my computer
to do it (It's preforming more illegal
operations than The Cray Brothers did at the
- See you
- love Kate
- >Received: from web1604.mail.yahoo.com
- >Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000
- >From: ?
- HI ZOE,
- THANKS 4 WRITING. R U EXCITED ABOUT
MALAWI? I CAN'T WAIT BUT I AM PRETTY NERVOUS.
I HAVE ONLY JUST FOUND OUT I AM SELECTED SO I
HAVE NOT STARTED FUNDRAISING YET. IS IT AS
BAD AS I THINK IT WILL BE. WHERE R U FROM? I
LIVE JUST OUTSIDE OF LIVERPOOL. WELL, WE WILL
PROBABLY BE ON TRAINING TOGETHER SO I LOOK
FORWARD TO MEETING U. I AM A BIT OF A NUTTER
BY THE WAY SO I HOPE YOU R TOO. IF U WANT TO
TALK ABOUT MALAWI THEN WRITE BACK
- LOVE SARAH
- P.S. ANOTHER GIRL GOING TO MALAWI GOT IN
TOUCH WITH ME TOO SO I WILL SEND U HER ADRESS
- >From: Spliney01@aol.com
- >Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 13:45:51 EST
- >Subject: Project Trust
- >To: email@example.com
- Hi Zoe,
- U don't know me but i've just seen your
website and it's very good. I've been
selected by Project Trust to go to South
Africa with them in 2001, just thought i'd
say hello and ask how everything's going with
you. I'm trying to get all the letters out
for grant-making trusts and local company's
but it is taking me so long!
- Anyway, I'm trying to arrange other
things aswell but i'm finding it hard to find
the time to do this stuff along with doing
'A' levels at the same time, ahhh well.A girl
who I went on selection with is going to
Malawi too, if you want I can get u in touch
with her...who knows u might end up
together!Get back to me soon if u like, in
the meantime good luck with everything, Take
- Love Celine
- x x x x
- >From: Blue Peter
- >To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'"
- >Subject: RE: CBBC Blue Peter
- >Date: Mon, Nov 13, 2000, 2:45 pm
- Thank you for your e-mail..
- We were interested to hear about your
fund raising efforts for your trip to Malawi.
However we are unable to act as corporate
sponsors due to restrictions placed us by the
BBC a Children's programme. If you would like
us to send you a presentation photograph
which you may raffle to raise funds, please
e-mail us back with your postal address.
- With best wishes from all of us on the
- Hello Zoe
- Sorry to take so long to reply. As you
will find, communications in Malawi can be
somewhat hit-and-miss. Unfortunately I don't
think we can be of much use to you. We are
involved in the Wildlife sector, and have no
contacts in education. I see from your
website that you appear pretty well connected
to the sort of people in Malawi who will be
more constructively helpful. However we are
based in Lilongwe, and it's sometimes useful
to have a friendly contact number. We may not
always be in, since Tony needs to be in the
national Parks every so often, but at home
our number is 794 651.
- Best wishes for next year. I think you'll
- Sandy Dacombe-Ferrar
Hi Zoe, we got your leaflet about your
fundraising and Quaker Youth Meeting would like
to help you out. We are the current members of
the St. Andrews Quaker Youth Group - Cecily
Davey, Helen and Richard Smith, Jenney Hill,
Jamie and Davie LennonHeitler.We haven't decided
on anything yet, but we have afew ideas - would
it be possible for you to come and visit us, so
the rest of the meeting could get an idea of
your fund,(early December or January). Maybe an
activity on the West Sands, running, walking,
cycling, roller-blading. If you haven't already,
you could put a notice on the National Quaker
website to attract some national support.Also
things like bake sales etc...We are going to
discuss your project with the adult meeting and
we are sure that they will support your cause,
From the St. andrews Quaker Youth Meeting,
- Dear Zoe,
- Congratulations on your selection by
Project Trust to teach in Malawi for a year.
The organization's members (about 950) who
have lived and worked in Malawi sometime
during the last 35 years have great memories
of their time there and deep affection for
their former Malawian co-workers...and I'm
sure you will, too. About your request for
support... Our grant guidelines -- they're on
our website along with the Grant Application
Form -- are quite specific about supporting
small projects, not individual needs. So, I'm
sorry but we'll have to decline your request.
However, once you're in Malawi, there might
be a project at your school that we can help
with, like building up a library. So, stay in
touch with us, please.
- We wish you all the best in your
fundraising activities and hope to hear from
you when you get to Malawi....and have a
wonderful time there!!
- Kind regards,
- S. Damon Kletzien, Treasurer
- Friends of Malawi Secretariat
- Post Office Box 336
- Springfield, PA 19064 USA
- Phone: 610-328-0720
- FAX: 610-328-2805