Bedford benefit lunch aiming to raise funds for Kenyan children’s charity

June Kuria in Kenya
Organiser June Kuria with some of the Kenyan children she is fundraising for.

A benefit lunch has been organised in Bedford to raise money to support the Soweto Anti Aids Children’s Home in Kayole.

Taking place on 2 June at the Bedford Athletic Rugby Club on Wentworth Drive in the town, the three-course meal with entertainment begins at 12.00pm and costs £20 per ticket.

The event is being organised by June Kuria who in the secretary of the Kenya Community in Bedford.

When we asked her about the event and the cause it is supporting, June told us:

“Random acts of kindness is one of the best attributes that Bedfordshire is known for.

“On my recent trip to Kenya I visited the Soweto Anti-Aids Children’s Home which accommodates over 50 children aged 1-18 years who are victims of circumstances like parents who passed on due to HIV and AIDS, fathers who sired them and refused to take responsibilities and many other life tragedies that rendered them homeless.”

If you are in the UK and would like to purchase a ticket to support this worthy cause, please contact June on 07832 103553. However, you will need to be quick as the deadline for getting hold of a ticket is Friday 18th May.

In addition to the charity dinner, June is also appealing for donations of any unwanted items which could be repurposed for use in Kenya.

“The majority of our households will have old unwanted or outgrown clothes and items. We are looking for school uniforms, book bags, stationaries, clothes and beddings at the moment,” June explained.

“The reason why we asking for school uniform as well as regular clothes is because it doesn’t matter if the uniforms are different as their school and home are the same building.

June Kuria in Kenya
Fundraiser June Kuria during one of her tips to Kenya.

June’s vision is to link schools in Bedfordshire and Kenya so they can receive real time updates, progress reports and regular communication between each other.

The project is being co-ordinated by the Optiven Foundation Group who are responsible for looking after the children and are in the process of building them a permanent and stable home.

If you would like to donate any of your unwanted items, you can drop them off at Queens Park Electronics, 28 Ford End Road in Bedford. between 9AM -7PM Monday–Saturday or if you need them picking up, please email