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Jenny & Frankie's ongoing fundraiser in aid of TLV

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Volunteer Tea Pick

Jenny & Frankie's ongoing fundraiser in aid of TLV

Hello everybody!

So, we did indeed get to see for ourselves just how extremely challenging it is to partake in the task of tea picking. Even though we all ventured out to the tea plantation and picked tea leaves under a scorching sun, we only actually spent three hours doing so. It was gruelling, most of us were besieged by leeches, mosquitoes, ants and narrowly avoided a upsetting a swarm of bees!

To put it into context; the real tea pickers (the vast majority of whom are Tamil women) are obliged to pick between 16 and 18 kilos of tea leaves a day in order to make enough money to feed their families.

We've been here for two weeks already and continue volunteering at Tea Leaf Vision School with young people who have been born and raised on the tea plantation.

Both Jenny and myself have decided to leave the ongoing fundraiser open indefinitely. The main reason for this is the fact that we are greatly inspired by both the Tea Leaf Vision and the Tea Leaf Trust projects. We feel that on a personal level, wherever we are in the world we will always want to check in on our friends, acquaintances and students.

We would love your support. Here are some things that we didn't know until we signed up to volunteer:

We didn't know, for example, that 80% of students at the charity's Tea Leaf Vision School live off less than $1 a day, or that this area is a hotspot for suicide in a country that already has the 4th highest suicide rate in the world. Nor did we know that 83% of female tea pickers experience regular domestic violence and 80% of the men are alcoholics. This may seem like a bleak picture, but...

Tea Leaf Trust work in the heart of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka, helping young people to gain the skills required to get employment away from the harsh reality of the tea estate industry. The school offers free, full-time diplomas for students between the ages of 18 and 24. In return, and as part of the programme, the students themselves teach Basic English to over 1,800 children a week for free!

Over 80% of graduates find employment or further education/training within a year and those working earn an average of 50% more than their counterparts. On top of this, these students become ethical leaders in their communities, leading real change.

Please give what you can, even the cost of a cup of tea will help!
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  • Anonymous User Anonymous User Donated Β£30

    What a great cause! x

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ‘πŸ―β˜•πŸ΅

    Yes, indeed it is a wonderful cause. We feel very lucky and privileged to be associated with it.

    Thanks for the generous donation.

    It will be much appreciated.

    Frankie and Jenny
  • Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh

    Both Jenny and myself have decided to leave the ongoing fundraiser open indefinitely. The main reason for this is the fact that we are greatly inspired by both the Tea Leaf Vision and the Tea Leaf Trust projects. We feel that on a personal level, wherever we are in the world we will always want to check in on our friends, acquaintances and students.
  • Lisa Moore Lisa Moore Donated Β£20

    Best of luck with everything. Great to bring the cause to light.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ‘πŸ’‘πŸŒΉβ˜•πŸŒŽ

    Thanks Lisa, you are very kind and considerate.

    Your donation is much appreciated.

    Greetings to everyone in Butler's Grove and B'town.

    Franny and Jenny
  • Monica Cohen Monica Cohen Donated Β£20 + Β£5 Gift Aid

    Well done to you both! Sending lots of love xxx

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŒβ˜•πŸ‘πŸŒ΄πŸŒΈ

    Cheers Monza.
    As ever a legend.

    Hugs and spice.
    Jenny and Frankie
  • Tim Pare Tim Pare Tea Leaf Trust
    This is absolutely incredible and we thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to the children and young adults of the tea plantations. Tim and Yasmene xx
  • Alan Mesfin Alan Mesfin Donated Β£20

    Sorry for leaving it so late!!! Love you both! xxx

  • Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh
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    Β‘ Sois realmente maravillosos ! Mil gracias por la generosidad.

    Haremos lo mejor para que vuestras donaciones se aplican a la educaciΓ³n, la felicidad, el futuro, la esperanza y la autosuficiencia de la gente de la ONG, tanto los alumnos como las familias.

    Jenny y Frankie.
  • Scott DeVore Scott DeVore Donated Β£60

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ‘Œβ˜•πŸŽ“πŸΌ

    Cheers your excellence! The DeVore clan will be dutifully represented.

    Love to Heather, Finn and belly baby.

    All our love, Frankie and Jenny.
  • YOLANDA  Romero YOLANDA Romero Donated Β£30

    Animo valientes.!!!! Disfrutad esa maravillosa iniciativa. Mucha suerte.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🌴🌼🌞🌐

    Yolanda maja!

    Mil gracias por acordarte de nosotros. Mil gracias por la generosidad. Sabemos que tΓΊ tambiΓ©n estarΓ‘s viajando por el planeta haciendo que Γ©se sea un lugar siempre mΓ‘s feliz y saludable.

    Besos.

    Frankie y Jenny.
  • Rick Treffers Rick Treffers Donated Β£10

    Mucha mierda en vuestras aventuras maravillosas, bonicos.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŽ‘πŸŽΌπŸ’‘πŸ‘

    Heel erg bedankt!

    Siempre has sido generoso con tu tiempo, con tu mΓΊsica, con tu amistad.

    OlΓ©, olΓ© Rick!

    Frankie y Jenny.


  • Beatriz Lleo Sanjuan Beatriz Lleo Sanjuan Donated Β£20

    Mucha suerte en vuestra aventura!!

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŒ»πŸŒŽπŸŽ†πŸ“

    Bea la tremenda!

    Un montΓ³n de gracias por la donaciΓ³n y la amabilidad constante.

    Saludos a la peΓ±a en Cali.

    Besos y abrazos.

    Jenny y Frankie
  • Hannah Smith Hannah Smith Donated Β£20

    Hope everything is going well. All the best for the future. Love from Hannah and Pablo xx

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŒ…πŸ‘ŒπŸŒπŸ΅β˜•

    Many thanks Hannah, your donation is much appreciated.

    I'll FB private message you to keep you updated.

    Saludos a Pablo de nuestra parte.

    Besos
  • Margaret Drennan Margaret Drennan Donated Β£50

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🌞🌏🌝🌍

    Thank you very much for the generosity and support. The children, families and teachers in Sri Lanka will be very grateful.

    Greetings to Tony, Jennifer and Caroline from Jenny and myself.

    Winnie and Tom will no doubt keep you updated as to how the travels go.
  • Alex Christensen Alex Christensen Donated Β£30

    Buena suerte!! Un beso xxx

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: XXXXXX

    Mil gracias.
    Un abrazo
  • Conor  Delahunty Conor Delahunty Donated Β£50

    From the Delahunty family.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: +++++++++++

    You are all very kind. Very thankful. Franny and Jenny
  • Eoghan Ryan Eoghan Ryan Donated Β£30

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: **********

    Many thanks bud. Much appreciated by all involved. Daycent altogether!
  • Nic Rispin Nic Rispin Donated Β£10

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: ^++***++^

    That's fantastic Nic. Much appreciated.

    Lots of love to yersef and Mark.

    Frankie & Jenny

  • Liam & Mirva Cabinteely Liam & Mirva Cabinteely Donated Β£30

    Fran and Jenny, we hope you fulfill all your dreams and altruistic activities in Sri Lanka.<br><br>Best of luck and best of health.<br><br>Liam, Mirva, Cian and Siun.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŒ πŸ²πŸ‘πŸŒπŸŒž

    Thanks again for the support.

    Jenny and Frankie
  • Anne Walsh Anne Walsh Donated Β£30

    Best of luck with all the plans and travels.<br><br>Looking forward to catching up with you both sometime in the future.<br><br>Anne, Brian and Hannah in Mayo.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ―πŸ†πŸŒπŸŒ

    Thanks to the Mayo contingent!

    Anne, Brian and Hannah, you are always very supportive. The children of the Sri Lankan NGO project will be very appreciative.

    Franny and Jenny
  • Mick & Madeline Walsh Mick & Madeline Walsh Donated Β£50

    To Frank and Jenny.<br>Many adventures ahead for you both. May they all be rewarding.<br>Best of luck.<br>Mick, Madeline, Brianna & Sadhbh.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸŒž

    Mick, Mads, Bri and S, thanks for everything.

    Frankie and Jenny.
  • Eilish and Jim Healy Eilish and Jim Healy Donated Β£50

    Dear Franny and Jenny, we wish you all the best with the travel plans and the teaching in Sri Lanka. Eilish and Jim.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸ‘β˜•πŸŽ

    Eilish and Jim, you were so kind to us on our last visit.
    Thanks for all the support.
  • Tom and Yvonne W. Tom and Yvonne W. Donated Β£50

    To Jenny and Frankie,<br><br>Best of luck with all the plans and volunteering.<br><br>Tommy and Yvonne

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŒπŸ‘πŸŒ…πŸ‘

    Thanks for all the support and best wishes T and Y.
  • Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh
    Less than a month before we arrive in Sri Lanka.

    Still time to donate and support the project.

    Thanks for all the support thus far.

    Jenny and Frankie.
  • Galo Landingling Galo Landingling Donated Β£60

    Go n eiri an bother linn

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: πŸŽΈπŸ‘πŸŒžπŸΊπŸŒ

    Go raibh maith agaibh!

    I seen boxey woxey there dudder day bah!