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Respect Yourself Fair Success

 

On the left the Fair gets underway with plenty of visitors and on the right are Respect Yourself founders Richard and Claire Burke.

The Respect Yourself Easter Fair in Hethersett Village Hall proved to be a big success with hundreds of people attending on Easter Saturday.

The event raised £459.36 which will go towards applying for charity status for the Hethersett based group which empowers young people to make important life changes through daily SMS text messaging. Funds will also give the group the opportunity to grow and expand its service and will pay for 23 young people to receive a daily text message for a year.

The "SMS Winks" are sent out daily on issues as diverse as bullying, sex, finance, health and the law and are aimed at providing young people with information that allows them to make more informed life choices.

On the left former international football Dean Ashton with his two sons and on the right a pride of Lions - Hethersett and District Lions' Club members.

Respect Yourself offers the service to youngsters aged between 13 and 25 and is a non profit organisation that needs to raise £5,000 to enable it to gain charity status.

Hethersett and District Lions Club has already pledged £500 to the service and they were at the event raising yet more funds. Visitors during the morning also included former Norwich City and England international footballer Dean Ashton and his two sons Ethan and Lucas.

The group is appealing for additional funding from individuals:

“Sponsorship of £5 will pay for three young people to receive daily texts for one month and £20 will pay for one young person to receive daily texts for a year,” said Secretary and Treasurer Bobby Ann Dowling.

The group is also looking for items for sale at future events, along with volunteer fund-raisers. More information is available on their web site at www.respectyourself.org.uk or by e-mail claire.anjos@respectyourself.org.uk

 

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For the Children

A Norfolk based group, which empowers young people to make important life changes through daily SMS text messaging, is raising money to become a charity.

The Respect Yourself Group will be holding an Easter Fair in Hethersett Village Hall from 10.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m on April 7th. The group sends out daily “SMS Winks” on issues as diverse as bullying, sex, finance, health and the law, aimed at providing young people with information that allows them to make more informed life choices.

Respect Yourself offers the service to youngsters aged between 13 and 25 and is a non profit organisation that needs to raise £5,000 to enable it to gain charity status.

“We want to make a real impact in the community and can do this by helping to shape young people’s decisions. Our key aim is to ensure that young people can fulfil their potential as individuals,” said founder Claire Burke who lives in Grasmere, Hethersett.

Over 200 youngsters are already using the service. Respect Yourself has its own web site at www.respectyourself.org.uk where a whole host of archived messages can be accessed. The site points out that £5 will pay for three young people to receive texts for a month and £20 will pay for one young person to receive a year’s worth of daily messages.

The Easter Fair will include stalls, games, sales of plants and toys along with refreshments and a number of other attractions. “We would love to hear from anybody willing to donate quality books, toys, plants or items for a raffle for this event and tombola prizes for future events. We are also looking for additional stalls,” said Fundraising Manager Claire Anjos who can be contacted on 01603 811585.

At the present time the group is finding it difficult to take on new youngsters due to the cost of providing the service: “We need funds to become a charity and also to ensure that the service is able to grow,” Claire Anjos said.