Creating Better Futures: why our latest charity sponsorship is so important
At LGFL, we support a wide range of charities as part of our ethos of giving something back to both our local and the global community. We are particularly keen on supporting initiatives that help young people learn, grow and achieve their potential, whatever their background.
So, when Director Rita Gupta met Fiona from Reading-based charity Creating Better Futures, she knew LGFL should help support their multiple projects in Zimbabwe including education, feeding, clean water, and sanitation.
Rita was particularly struck with the charity’s mission to:
“Empower orphans and vulnerable children through access to education with fees paid directly to schools (and) a bursary/scholarship to fund gifted students to attend higher education.”
Given that LGFL has a history of helping young people get on the career ladder with opportunities as interns here in the UK, it makes perfect sense for us to sponsor a young person in Zimbabwe through Creating Better Futures.
So, may we introduce the young lady we now sponsor, Plaxedes, whose name means ‘Gift from God’. Plaxedes is aged 16 and has been raised by her grandmother. She currently attends a local high school, where she loves to play her favourite sport, netball. (Our legal secretary Gill was thrilled to learn this – her own daughter loves her netball too.) Plaxedes wants to become a policewoman, a career choice we can whole-heartedly endorse. And when Rita discovered Plaxedes’ favourite colour is pink, then we really knew we had found a girl after our own hearts!
LGFL Director Rita Gupta is delighted.
“Fellow LGFL Director Anne and I are really proud to be part of creating a better future for a child. As divorce lawyers, we see first hand how children can be negatively affected by circumstances beyond their control.
“In our work, we always put the interests of the children first. This feels no different, and we are genuinely delighted to help Plaxedes achieve her ambitions through sponsoring key elements of her education, including school fees, and school meals.”
Out of Africa Charity Ball
Every year the charity holds a Charity Gala Ball and Auction, celebrating the joy and hope of Africa and its peoples. Rita and Anne decided that the best way to mark the company’s sponsorship was to take the entire office-based team to the ball. What a night the team had! The live African entertainment was amazing - energetic, vibrant and irresistibly upbeat!
Our charity auctioneer for the night was none other than Charles Hanson, he of the boundless enthusiasm and big arm gestures from BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, and Flog It. His ability to enthuse bidders to “go on” a little higher was a joy to behold! Everyone had an amazing time and the monies raised will help ensure that over 3000 children receive two proper meals per day at 10 different primary schools supported by the charity.
For more information on sponsoring a child, visit Creating Better Futures