FUN and frolics at King’s Ely have raised a record-breaking £1,650 to help support poverty-stricken children and families in East Africa.

Hundreds of students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely came together on New Field after school on April 20th for Osfest – an annual fundraising extravaganza organised by students in Osmond House.

The event was blessed with glorious sunshine this year and there were a whole host of activities and attractions on offer including bouncy castles, a house tug-of-war competition, a coconut shy, sports challenges, ‘sponge the teacher’, face painting, music, an ice cream van and a wide variety of stalls and raffles. All funds raised were in aid of Osmond House’s chosen charity of the year, Hope 4 Malawi.

Housemaster of Osmond House, Paul Lott, said: “Each ‘Osman’ was tasked with running a stall at this traditional summer fete. It was fantastic to see so many happy, smiley faces and each Osman using his talents to work as a team to put on such a huge event that was wonderfully attended. I am thankful for the generosity of pupils, parents and the wider school community in helping to raise such a large sum of money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries. Four thousand children die every day from diseases caused by unsafe water and sanitation; mainly from diarrhoeal diseases like cholera and dysentery. 75% of the population earn less than $2 a day and more than 10% of the population regularly go short of food.

Since 2008, Hope 4 Malawi has been involved with projects in rural villages, schools and orphanages by raising funds and helping implement the projects during trips to Malawi. These projects have included providing a kitchen and library for Mpemba School, a library and classroom block at Chipepwete School, and a feeding programme for the 1,800 children at Mpemba School, to name just a few.

To find out more about Hope 4 Malawi, including how you can support the charity, please visit

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