We have seen many different methods of Nyumbani fundraising; earlier in the year we covered Mark James’ sport fundraisers, where he attempted (and set) squash world records while raising funds for Nyumbani. We have also seen many friends of Nyumbani run marathons and different road races while raising money. However, we have not, until now, seen a fundraising campaign involving tattoos.
Stuart Scott, a man from Arbroath, Scotland, is getting a tattoo to raise funds and awareness for Nyumbani! Stuart runs the local smokies shop in Arbroath named Stuart’s Fresh Fish and is a Scottish Rotary member. He is also scared of needles, but he is overcoming his fear, in hopes of raising over £500 for Nyumbani programs and inspiring himself to make a positive change and make a difference. The tattoo of choice? A giraffe, modeled after Nyumbani Scotland’s logo. The giraffe, to be tattooed on his calf, will represent Stuart’s support for Children of God Relief Institute (COGRI) Nyumbani Scotland Charity.
Nyumbani Scotland is highly supported by Scottish Rotary groups and Rotary has had a huge impact in the success of Nyumbani’s programs. Stuart, as an active rotarian, came across Nyumbani through the work of fellow Scot and Rotarian Alison Stedman, cherished friend of Nyumbani, who has over many years arranged groups from Arbroath to travel to Kenya to complete various projects. Stuart’s own daughter Abbey, part of the Arbroath Rotaract Club, went on a service trip to the Nyumbani programs. Until now, Stuart has not been able to visit Nyumbani himself, but him and his wife plan on joining Alison’s last trip, planned for February 2017.
November 30th is scheduled to be the day Stuart conquers his fear and he is very excited to show off his new ink when he visits the Children’s Home, Village and Lea Toto next year. The work group will be painting the girls’ secondary school in Nairobi and will also be undertaking a number of repair and redecoration jobs in Nyumbani Village.
We want to thank Stuart for all the fundraising he has done to benefit Nyumbani and also for showing how creative crowdfunding campaigns can be. What a great way to make a difference! We love to hear about friends of Nyumbani garnering support in unique ways. Feel free to share your stories with us and check out more on Stuart’s below!
Stuart’s story was covered in Arbroath’s local paper, read the article here: http://www.arbroathherald.co.uk/news/local-news/get-stu-tattooed-1-4178126
Check out Stuart’s crowdfunding page and donate towards his campaign: