Until recently, most of the blog updates and news were posted by our dedicated and enthusiastic Chairman, Rachel Leighton. Very sadly I am taking over this responsibility following Rachel's untimely death earlier this year leaving a huge gap in the lives of her friends and family. This was a terrible loss to everyone whose lives she touched, and she touched so many all over the world. Rachel was a very special person, so warm, generous and wise and with the biggest, most welcoming smile.
Rachel spent most of her life in Colombia, which she loved dearly for its beauty, language, traditions and people. She had believed from an early age that her role in life was to care for children and in 2002, after moving to the Cotswolds, England, with her young family, Rachel founded Children of Colombia so she could continue to help the organisations she had visited and supported when living in the Colombian capital Bogota.
In April this year, the Trustees held an AGM. We decided to continue our work with Children of Colombia both for Rachel, whose vision it was, and for all the children and young people who continue to need our help just as much as ever.
All the Trustees are personal friends of Rachels, all have served on the board since the charity was established and two of us have lived in Colombia and know the people who run Hogares Luz y Vida and Fenix. Our new Chairman, Shirley Cox, is a retired headmistress who has worked with children for many years. Francisca Sankson, who was born in Colombia and whose parents still live in Bogota, will continue to act as Treasurer and I am Secretary and PR person.
We are deeply committed to Children of Colombia. We have re-built our website, are planning to transfer further funds to the children very shortly and hope to arrange another fund-raising event locally later this year. It would be great to hear from you if you have a news item - maybe you've recently visited Colombia, are running a fund-raising event or have some exciting pictures that we could use on our website.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you.