Not content with raising thousands of pounds with his brothers from their family farm’s ‘Guess the Daddy’ lambing competition for three years running, long-standing Friend of Farm Oli Facon has gone and done it again!
Earlier this year, Oli and his family visited northern Ethiopia on holiday and spent a lot of time in the region of Tigray, where Farm Africa runs several projects. While trekking through Tigray, Oli decided that he’d like to raise some money to support the region, by fundraising for Farm Africa and a local school, Degamba School.
Back in the UK, Oli spent his summer holidays in the kitchen, creating some fantastic produce to auction on his own fundraising website. Using produce from his farm, he created several delicious drinks and jellies, including elderflower cordial, sloe gin and gooseberry jelly, and put them up for sale.
Oli’s auction raised a huge £10,002, which will be split between Farm Africa’s work, helping to create thriving farming businesses in many regions of Ethiopia, including Tigray, and Degamba School in Tigray, where the money will help to provide benches for the children to sit on during lessons, and other useful resources.
Oli has shown fantastic enterprise in his fundraising activities - raising this amount of money is a huge achievement. Farm Africa’s Sarah Goddard, Community Fundraising Manager, said:
”On behalf of Farm Africa we’d like to say a huge thank you to Oliver Facon for all his creativity and initiative and raising such a fantastic amount for Farm Africa with his auction. Thank you also to his friends and family for supporting Farm Africa’s work for so many years.”