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Wrapping up Fundraiser and Lucky Draw!

We came very, very close…

All those generous friends, fans and TROUBLE aficionados out there contributed a total of

R 44 792 (2 757 €)!

That is 88% of the money Jenny needs for 2020.

Jen 2018And though that is a little short of our goal, it covers the essentials (her home, medication & nappies) and even some of the other stuff (phone/computer). And we are confident that the rest of the money will dwindle in during the course of the year as it has done in the past. On that note:

The fundraiser is dead – LONG LIVE THE FUNDRAISER!!

That is to say: it’s never too late to contribute. You can do so any time (please write us a mail: fundraisingfortrouble(at)gmail.com for account details)  The money gets transferred to Jenny every 2-3 months, so feel free to contribute at your leisure.
(One of our sponsors decided that Nov/Dec is a bad time of year for her, so now she transfers money at Valentines Day!)
Any time is a good time for TROUBLE!

For those of you interested in details of the Fundraiser, the total is made up of

  • R 3110 in regular monthly contributions (up from R2 415 last year!)
  • and R7472 in one-off contributions

A GINORMOUS THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPERHERO SPONSORS!!!

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WINNERS OF THE PRIZE DRAW (in Germany):

The prize draw always involves a lot of excitement.

Weeks of pondering what the perfect GRAND PRIZE might be. Something, everyone will want, but no-one is likely to have…

Hugo ovenmitts closeThe pens were such a hit last year that we just had to include them again.

Then there was some baking to do: ginger cookies with apricot jam, with coconut flakes sprinkled over them…

cookies 2019

Then we compiled all the names for the hat.

And then, the exciting moment came! My little helpers drew one  name after the other from the hat…

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And he are the names of our lucky winners:

8 “I love TROUBLE” pens go to:

  • Anne
  • Cynthia
  • Valo
  • Jeff
  • Teresa
  • Sonja
  • Julie G
  • Maresa

5 packets of fresh-from-the-oven home baked chocolate orange cookies go to:

  • Sophie
  • Julie K
  • Nina
  • Sanja & Irina
  • Annette

And the grand prize, the supercool oven mitts go to…

lucky draw 2019 3 Suzi!!!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

And thank you again to everyone who contributed so generously. God bless. We’ll be back with another fundraiser next year.

Till then, have a lovely Christmas season.

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from Jenny Symons a.k.a. TROUBLE and Yvette Coetzee-Hannemann (Friend, Fan and Funding Co-ordinator.)

 

Three days to go // Black Friday challenge

Dear Troublacious people

Only three days to go!

So far, we’ve got about 65% of the money together that we need. In concrete terms, we have raised R 33 267 ( which is about 2 050€).  Our goal is to raise R51 000.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s contributed so generously!!

In order to still reach our goal, we’re starting the “Black Friday” challenge. It’s very simple: anyone who’s not sure about getting involved, can sponsor us with 50% of what they save on Black Friday purchases. Win-win, right??

And all those last-minute I-just-haven’t-quite-managed-to-get-around-to-it potential sponsors – now is the time!! Especially for those living in Germany. The lucky draw is on Sunday 1 December at 20:00, we’ve pushed back the deadline by a day to give you extra internet-banking time.

I’m sifting through cookie recipes as we speak… (there will be 5 packets up for grabs!) And don’t forget, there are also some cool “I love TROUBLE” pens to be won, and one pair of very nifty oven mitts (sported here by a Chef who gets into a good deal of trouble himself)

Hugo with oven mitts

Thank you to our anonymous sponsor for the prizes!

We’re keeping our fingers crossed!! 3 days to go! It’s not too late to tell your friends. Let’s get TROUBLE through 2020!!!

 

UPDATE: Fundraiser so far…

Dear everyone

We promised to keep you posted on the progress of our fundraiser.

We’re now 2/3rds in, and so far, we’ve managed to raise a total of

R 30 615. That is just over 60% of our goal, which is to raise R51 000.

For those who are interested in the details:

So far we have monthly contributions (in SA) amounting to R 1050.
Our goal is to get R 1 800.
In Germany, we have monthly contributions totalling 80 Euros
Our Goal is to get 90 Euros.
One-off payments so far totalling R 2 295 / 140 Euro.
Our Goal is to get R 15 000 / 900 Euros

So – as you can see, we’re doing very well, but we’ve still got a long way to go in the next 10 days. So – please be sure to keep beating that drum!!!

 

Kicking off the 2019 Fundraiser.

We’re very excited to announce the start of this year’s

“I LOVE TROUBLE” fundraiser.

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From our 2015 T-shirt fundraiser

These annual fundraisers play an important role in keeping Jenny going – and the contributions just kept growing! Last year’s fundraiser was the most successful to date. It brought in R51 040. And now here’s something you don’t hear very often: we don’t need any more than that! It was exactly right.

Goal: By 30 November 2019 we want to raise R 51 000 (3 025 €)

The plan is to do so by generating

  • R 15 000 (900 €) in one-off donations
  • R 3000 (180 €) in regular monthly contributions (limited to a year)

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In order ro reach these goals, in South Africa we’re looking for:

  • 3 people who can commit R50  per month
  • 3 people who can commit R100 per month
  • 3 people who can commit R200 per month.
  • 3 people who can commit R250 a month

Internationally (from all the countries with TROUBLE fans, including Britain, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand) we’re looking for:

  • 3 people who can commit 5 Euro per month
  • 3 people who can commit 10 Euro per month
  • 3 people who can commit 15 Euro per month

The regular monthly- contributions have proven vital in coverting costs. Sponsors (maybe you?) commit to transferring a small regular amount (let’s say R50 or 5 €) every month for one year, from December 2019 until November 2020. When enough people get involved, these regular amounts really add up. Of course, we’ll be very happy if sponsors extend their support beyond that, but we will check in with everyone after a year to see if that is possible.

But, please remember, one-off donations are also very, very welcome! Even small amounts really, really help!

If you can make a contribution, please write to fundraisingfortrouble(at)gmail.com and we will send you Jenny’s banking details.

PRIZE DRAW:
Now we get to the good stuff, where we can give our generous sponsors something back! There will be a prize draw in Berlin for our German supporters (unfortunately, we can’t open it up to everyone, as postage fees are too high).

The prizes last year included 3 “I love TROUBLE” pens, 5 packets with home-baked cookies and the grand prize: magnetic picture frames. What’ll it be this year? Watch this space to find out…

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Here’s how it works: For every 10 € you donate or pledge, your name goes into the hat for the lucky draw on 30.11.2019. The names of people who pledge more than 10 € go into the hat more than once – so the name of someone who pledges 5 € a month for a year, goes into the hat 6 times.

Make sure to send us a mail, of you want to be included!

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And, please remember to spread the word. Just 4 weeks to go!!

Thank you!!

Trouble (Jenny) and Yvette (Friend, Fan, funding co-ordinator). fundraisingfortrouble(at)gmail.com.

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And the winners of the prize draw in Berlin are…

The prize draw always involves a lot of excitement.

Weeks of pondering what the perfect grand prize might be. Something, everyone will want, but no-one is likely to have…

2018 Prizes

Then, I had to get the “I love TROUBLE” design for the pens to the printers on time.

There were cookies to bake…

baking cookies 1Then I burned the first batch and had to bake some more….

Now it was time to put all the names into the hat (and no, we were not sponsored by h&m, that just happens to be where the hat comes from…)

prize draw 1And then, the exciting moment came. My little helpers took turns  drawing names out of the hat.

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And here are the names of our lucky winners:

5 packets of fresh-from-the-oven home baked chocolate orange cookies go to:

  • Harald
  • Anne
  • Klaus
  • Monika
  • Marty

3 “I love TROUBLE” pens go to:

  • Kerstin
  • Till
  • Susanne

And the grand prize: the supercool magnetic fridge frame magnets goes to:

 

and the winnier isSophie!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

I will be in touch with you over the next few days about your prizes!! (And, there’s even a small surprize for EVERYONE who took part…)

Thank you! Till next year…

Wrapping up – most successful fundraiser to date!

Dear TROUBLE friends, fans and aficionados

The money kept coming and coming, so we just couldn’t stop the fundraiser!! But we had to draw the line somewhere to do the maths.And the good news is: this has been the most successful fundraiser to date:

We’ve raised a total of R 51 040 (3 170 €)!!

That is R 4000 more than last year!

A SUPERBIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPERHERO SPONSORS!!!

The total is made up of

  • R 2415 (150€) in regular monthly contributions
  • As well as an amazing R 22 200 (1370€) in one-off contributions – which topped our original goal of R 22 060 (1360€).

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Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get quite as many regular commitments as we were hoping for, so we are R 3 200 (200€) a month short. But we’ve got Jenny’s accommodation and medication covered, and these are, of course, the most important points. We’re hoping that random contributions during the year will cover the rest.

So, if you still want to make a contribution, then please do! The money will be forwarded to Jenny, regardless of when it goes into the account.

Again – thank you to everyone who contributed so generously. God bless you.

We’ll be back with another fundraiser next year! Till then, have a lovely Christmas season.

All the best,

from Jenny Symons a.k.a. TROUBLE

and Yvette Coetzee-Hannemann (Friend, Fan and Funding Co-ordinator.)

Ps. Check out the extra post on the prize draw in Berlin that was linked to this fundraiser!

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Fundrasier extended till Sunday 2 December!

Dear TROUBLE fans

This last week has been amazing! We’ve now raised:

  • One-off donations of about R4 000 (256 Euro)
  • Commitments for monthly contributions: just under R 2000 (125 Euro) a month.

That’s more than double what we had 5 days ago!

A big whopping thank you to everyone who has donated money!! TROUBLE loves you!!

Jen 2018

BUT- because we are still seriously short of our goals, we are extending the deadline for the fundraiser until

Sunday 2 December 23:00.

The lucky draw in Berlin is also moved back to include all (German) sponsors until Sunday.

A reminder: we aim to raise

  • R 22 200 (1 360 €) in one off contributions, and
  • R 5 600 (345€) in regular monthly contributions.

Now, you might think that these goals unrealistic, but the problem is: we don’t have a choice. This is the amount we need to get Jenny through 2019 in a home that can provide proper care.

And so we’re hoping for a miracle – and asking you to be a part of it. We’ve managed to get Jenny through 3 years already, so we know that it is possible! And Jenny herself lives by the motto: Never give up. That is what has got her this far. The doctors predicted that she wouldn’t make it to 30, and she turned 57 this year!

So, if there is any chance you can contribute something, anything, no matter how small to this amazing woman– then please do so the next 3 days. Everything helps, it adds up in the end!

And remember, if you can’t give a lump sum all at once, the monthly contributions can also be small amounts like 5 Euros or R50, then you can help big time without killing your piggybank before Christmas.

If you would like to make a contribution, please write to fundraisingfortrouble@gmail.com and we will send you Jenny’s banking details.

THANK YOU ALL VERY, VERY MUCH!!!

God bless you.  And stay out of trouble 🙂

 

YOU CAN ALSO SUPPORT US; BY TELLING YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN!!

 

I love TROUBLE Fundraiser – 5 more days to go!!

Isn’t it amazing how time flies? It feels like we only just started the fundraiser, and already the time is almost up!

Despite some generous contributions and renewed pledges for monthly support, we’re still quite a long way from our goal.

  • We’ve got commitments for R 1036 (65€) in regular monthly contributions, which is quite a bit short of our goal: R 5600 (345€).
  • We’ve also raised R 1785 (113 €) in one-off contributions. Here our goal is R 22 200 (1 360€).

So, please please everyone make the time this week if you were still planning to make a donation! The Fundraiser runs till Friday 30 November. 

In the past, most of the contributions flooded in the last week, so we believe we can still get there. But we can only do so with your help!

Thank you again, at this point, to everyone who has already donated money! Every cent helps! And for those of our sponsors in Germany – remember about our lucky draw that you will automatically take part in, if you sponsor 10 Euro or more (and the more you contribute, the bigger your chances of winning!)

If you would like to make a contribution, please write to fundraisingfortrouble@gmail.com and we will send you Jenny’s banking details.

You can also transfer through paypal to this same email account:

fundraisingfortrouble@gmail.com
(Please note: “gmail” NOT “googlemail.” Paypal is finicky about that.)

And: you can help by passing on information about the fundraiser to as many people as you can! Beat the drum. Spread the word! Feel free to contact us at fundraisingfortrouble@gmail.com should you have any questions.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!

God bless you. And stay out of trouble J

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking off the annual “I LOVE TROUBLE” fundraiser

We’re very excited to announce the start of this year’s

“I LOVE TROUBLE” fundraiser.

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One of our favourite pics from the previous fundraisers.

If you want to find out more about Jenny, you can do so under “HOME” or “MORE ABOUT JENNY”. These annual fundraisers have played a very important role in keeping her going in the last four years. Our 2017 fundraiser brought in R47 346. And now, we’re looking to top that. 

Goal: By 30 November 2018 we want to raise R 89 400 (5 450 €)

The plan is to do so by generating

  • R 22 200 (1 360 €) in one-off donations
  • R 5600 (345 €) in regular monthly contributions (limited to a year)

This year’s goal is quite an increase from last year, partly due to inflation, but also because Jenny is hoping to get into a home closer to her family and friends who live on the other side of Cape Town. We want to make this possible!

And there’s even a litte prize draw as an incentive for our German supporters: you can read more about it further down in the post.

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One of our favourite pics from the previous fundraiser.

 

In South Africa we’re looking for:

  • 5 people who can commit R50  per month
  • 8 more people who can commit R100 per month
  • 4 more people who can commit R150 per month

(The good news is that, already at the start, we already have 1 commitment for R150 and 2 for R100! Thank you very much to the superfast sponsors!!)

Internationally (from all the countries with TROUBLE fans, including Britain, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand) we’re looking for:

  • 5 people who can commit 5 Euro per month
  • 10 people who can commit 10 Euro per month
  • 5 people who can commit 15 Euro per month

The regular monthly- contributions have proven vital in coverting costs. Sponsors (maybe you?) commit to transferring a small regular amount (let’s say R50 or 5 €) every month for one year, from December 2018 until November 2019. When enough people get involved, these regular amounts really add up. Of course, we’ll be very happy if sponsors extend their support beyond Nov. 2019, but we will check in with everyone after a year to see if that is possible.

But, please remember, one-off donations are also very, very welcome! Even small amounts really, really help!

If you can make a contribution, please write to fundraisingfortrouble(at)gmail.com and we will send you Jenny’s banking details.

PRIZE DRAW:
Now we get to the good stuff, where we can give our generous sponsors something back! There will be a prize draw in Berlin for our German supporters (unfortunately, we can’t open it up to everyone, as int. postage fees are too high).

Here are some of the prizes:

2018 Prizes

  • three “I love TROUBLE” ball-point pens
  • five packets of home-baked cookies (they’ll be warm out of the oven, that’s why there’s no photo of them yet!!)
  • and one super cool magnetic frame set (that turns any photo into a polaroid on the fridge.)

For every 10 € you donate or pledge, your name goes into the hat for the lucky draw on 30.11.2018. The names of people who pledge more than 10 € go into the hat more than once – so the name of someone who pledges 5 € a month for a year, goes into the hat 6 times.

2017 prize draw
A photo from our 2017 prize draw

Make sure to send us a mail, of you want to be included!

And, please remember to spread the word. Just 4 weeks to go!!

Thank you!!

Trouble (Jenny) and Yvette (Friend, Fan, funding co-ordinator). fundraisingfortrouble(at)gmail.com.

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Thank you to our sponsors!!

Before we kick off the new annual fundraiser, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful people who’ve helped TROUBLE through the last year.

A quick reminder: we budgeted R 180 000 for 2018, and that is how much money her friends, relatives and fundraising sponsors have contributed!

Here’s a note from Jenny:

Thank you Note Jenny 2018 final

And Jenny’s friend, fan and funding co-ordinator Yvette, says:

“Thank you for keeping TROUBLE afloat for another year! We couldn’t have done it without you!”

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It’s been a very eventful year, that hasn’t always been easy. But TROUBLE is still going strong (thanks to you!), and is very optimistic about 2019.

Lots of love from both of us. May God bless you.
Jenny (a.k.a. TROUBLE) and Yvette.