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Fundraising Fun with Scarecrows!

Our latest fundraiser seems to have been a roaring success! Our local community of Sale is a-wash with scarecrows! Residents and visitors are now heading out on safari this summer to see how many they can spot.

The “Scarecrow Safari” was the brainchild of our friend and member of Sale and District Lions, Helen Allen.  Helen has spearheaded the event and championed it locally.

“We are overjoyed at how the public have responded to our new, fun event. Scarecrow Safari has inspired people to come together and has created a vibrant community atmosphere in Sale this Summer.”

Helen Allen

Over 100 scarecrows were entered into the competition, each donating £5.  They have appeared outside houses, schools and churches; in cafes, shop windows and banks; in parks and on benches! 

Sale Dental Spa Competition Entry, Washway Road, Sale

Sarah Istephan, fundraising manager for Act4Africa, has helped organise the event.

“The enthusiasm, talent and creativity of everyone has been incredible. We have scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. Everything from scarecrow weddings to sports enthusiasts; film and book characters to monkeys, zebras, snails and butterflies!”

Sarah Istephan
‘Bestie’ The Butterflies Pre-School scarecrow, St Mary’s Church, Harboro Road, Sale M33

The response to the competition has been so great that we have produced a map to help people find the scarecrows that are causing such a stir. Scarecrows created by businesses, organisations and schools have all been given names.  The map encourages people to search for these scarecrows and find out their names.  There will be a prize draw of completed maps in September with a £50 cash prize.

The map has been lovingly hand-painted by Rachel Smith-Ruffle, The Wonky Artist.  Rachel lives in Brooklands, Sale. A spinal injury, at the age of 23, left her a wheelchair user, with minimal arm movement.  She recently discovered she can paint! Her paintings are on display at Emporium M33, Tatton Street, Sale.

Maps are available from Emporium M33, Sale Library and The LifeCentre, Washway Road, M33 4BP. 

“The Scarecrow Safari is benefiting the whole M33 area. The map provides a free, healthy activity for people over the summer holiday. It will boost the local economy, by attracting visitors to Sale and give people a reason to visit local businesses, particularly during the quieter late Summer period.”

Janine Friston, Chair of Sale Town Partnership

Act4Africa are a UK registered charity based locally to Sale. Our aim is to transform communities in Uganda through education, health and livelihood projects supporting children and young women.

“We chose to use the ‘African Safari’ theme to celebrate diversity and bridge communities across the globe, whilst raising funds for our community hub, Kathy’s Centre in Mayuge, Eastern Uganda.”

Chris Grieves, Chair of Trustees
Kathy’s Kindergarten, Mayuge, Eastern Uganda

Kathy’s Centre was set up in memory of Act4Africa’s co-founder, Kathy Smedley, an Early Years teacher who taught at St Margaret’s Ward Primary School, Sale.  She dreamt of bridging the education gap for 3-6 year olds in Uganda by opening a preschool there.  Sadly, she passed away before seeing the realisation of her dream but, through the kindergarten at Kathy’s Centre, her legacy lives on.

“My late wife Kathy would have loved the Scarecrow Safari.  She had a real heart for the children and families in St Margaret Ward community and would have been very impressed with the eco warrior scarecrows the children at the school have created for the event.”

Martin Smedley, Act4Africa Co-Founder and Chief Executive
St Margaret Ward Primary School Eco Warrior’s Competition Entry

We have partnered with Sale and District Lions Club for the event.

“Sale and District Lions exist to benefit the community we live in and beyond, which is why we are delighted to be partnering with local organisations, like Act4Africa and Trafford Business Club, to launch the Scarecrow Safari.”

Peter Cresswell, Lion President
Linda Cresswell, Sale and District Lions, presenting prizes with the Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Rob Chilton.

“We hope that the Scarecrow Safari will become a much anticipated annual event.”

Linda Cresswell, Sale Lion

Many of the Scarecrows will be on display until 4th September and maps are available from Emporium M33, Sale Library and The LifeCentre, Washway Road.  There are two more chances to win £50 prizes, by finding all the scarecrows on the map and by taking the most selfies with scarecrows this summer.  Full details on