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March 2009:
Tom Eckersley completed the Bath Half marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes. He raised £720 from this event (doubled to a final figure of £1440 by Tom’s company Npower) and this went a long way towards finishing the school build in Mutu Village, Lilongwe. A big thank you must go to Npower for their generosity and obviously to Tom for all his efforts.

April-June 2009:
Received funding from National AIDS Commission of 1.4million Malawi Kwacha (MK). This was used to conduct training for care givers and also youth training on behaviour change. Purchased footballs and netballs for the JCT sports teams. Distributed piglets to a number of families for income generation in Mutu Village, Lilongwe, Chief Tengani’s village in Nsanje and Chitipa, Isharikira village. Received 600,000 MK from Action Aid for the establishment of community groups called STAR (Society Tackling AIDS Realities).

July 2009:
School in Mutu Village, Lilongwe completed.

School in Mutu Village, Lilongwe

August 2009:
Opening of Mutu primary school, Lilongwe - The JCT first primary school was handed over to the Mutu village and local community on Wednesday 12th August, 2009. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Gender, Children and Community Welfare from the Malawi Government, Mrs Patricia Kariate. Also in attendance were Mr Charles Kalanda, District Education Commissioner of Lilongwe and representatives from the St Andreas Evangelical Assembly of God, Sao Paulo, Brazil, who fundraised and contributed generously to this particular build. Media coverage was carried out by Television Malawi, Malawi Broadcasting Radio Corporation and a private national company, Zodiac Radio.

September 2009:
All documentation to gain Charity Registration Number in the UK despatched to the Charities Commission.

September 2009:
One of our employees, Ivy Nthara met the district commissioner of Mangochi, Mr Thomas Chirwa, and agreed to run as secretary of the committee that will be running the new centre in Mangochi Traditional Authority Nankumba.

October 2009:
The Friends of John C Thomas Children’s Foundation becomes a UK registered charity, number 1132414 which raises funds for The JCT Children’s foundation (Malawi).

December, 2009:
Hays plc held a national fundraising dress down day for the JCTUK.

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We are currently looking for individuals or teams of runners willing to take part in a number of fundraising events during September – November, including the Wolf Run, Bristol Half Marathon, Cardiff 10k or Half Marathon and Birmingham Half Marathon.

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…to Julia Beamud, illustrator who published Miss Escotofina in 2013, has once again very kindly dedicated her time exclusively to the JCT for new a book titled La pandilla Natilla and the Puchi's missing shoe which is an amazing children’s story available for purchase at a cost of £6.99.

Every single penny of the proceeds from the sale of Julia’s books will be donated directly to the foundation.

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Cheltenham Half Marathon, 25th September 2016

The JCT is being supported by runners taking part in the forthcoming Cheltenham Half Marathon which is taking place on Sunday 25th September 2016 and we have a number of places available -

The foundation will cover your entry fee and all we ask for in return is to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship

If you would like to get involved, please email for a runner registration form and instructions -

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