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Misión Posible – a silent auction to get quietly excited about…..

Hola amigos!

Our wonderful and long-term business sponsor,  Guzman y Gomez (GYG) are going all out this year to help raise much needed funds for Misión México and all our niños.
An online silent auction has been launched for Mexican Independence Day and will run until 22 October 2015. You have the chance to fund a need for one of our kids or bid on a number of once in a lifetime experiences.
Head to www.galabid.com/mexico to make your bid!

Auction items include:

  • 2 hour Jam with The Madden Brothers Joel and Benji Madden in their LA studio for 4 people.
  • 2016 Toyotal AFL Grand Final experience for 4 people.
  • Surfing experience with Joel Parkinson, plus breakfast and a signed surfboard.
  • Tennis session with Pat Rafter for 2 people.
  • A cricket experience in the Channel 9 commentary box at the Sydney Cricket Ground for 4 people.
  • Lunch or dinner with former NRL stars Andrew “Joey” Johns and Matty Johns, and Ben Kenedy for 5 people.
  • 2 hour mentoring session with Steven Marks, founder of Guzman y Gomez(GYG).

Happy Bidding!!!

From all of us at Misión México x

El Día Del Niño celebrated in Glasgow

Mexican Family Fun Day

Saturday 25 April 2015, 1-4pm at the Old Barn, Glasgow

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What are we celebrating?

A fabulous family fun day to raise funds for Mision Mexico celebrating Children’s Day, ‘El Día Del Niño’. 

Why are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

This is a national holiday in Mexico and is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30.

Children’s Day has been celebrated annually in Mexico since 1925. Children are recognized as an important part of society so the day focuses on the importance of loving, accepting and appreciating children.

How are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

We’ll be celebrating Children’s Day in Glasgow with picnics on the lawn (BYO), delicious home baking, magic shows, balloon modelling, face painting, nail art, music and a bit of Mexican fun thrown in too!

By joining our party in Glasgow you’ll be celebrating the children in your lives as well as those in Mision Mexico.

The sun came out and we raised £1700 for our Youth Transition Program!

A HUGE thank you to all everyone who turned up to enjoy the afternoon as well as our sponsors and volunteers.

The event pics are here for you to enjoy.

 

For more information please contact info@lovelifehope.com or visit and join our Facebook event for updates on activities

 

Treasurer sought for UK Charity Board of Trustees

We are looking for a skilled financier/accountant to act as our Treasurer for Misión México  (UK) to join our excellent Board of Trustees.

Our Board is spread across the UK, and meet up four times a year in London. This would be the  minimum commitment we would require although you can be as proactive as
you want to be. We also have monthly conference calls via Skype.

Who are we looking for?
As a financial specialist, your responsibilities would include (but not be limited to)
maintaining an overview of Misión México (UK)’s accounts,  preparing our end of year reports, completing quarterly analysis, and ensuring we are complying with our accounting and
financial regulatory requirements.

If you are interested in joining us and would like to know more, please email us at info@lovelifehope.com

Our new Mision Mexico Surf Board

Our new Mision Mexico Surf Board

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board meeting June 2013

Are you ready for the Nightrider Challenge? Sign up now!

London Nightrider

What is Nightrider?

Nightrider™ is a unique 60km/100km moonlit ride past London’s iconic landmarks and raising funds for charity!

Sign up and support us as we have guaranteed places in Nightrider™ 2015 on 6/7 June.

We have four places left and deadline for registration is 22 May so don’t delay!

Sign up to ride solo or create a team and invite friends to join you.

Why sign up?

Nightrider™ is where lots of charity-minded cyclists will pedal either 60km or 100km around London in the dead of night on 6 / 7 June 2015. You can either start at Lee Valley Velopark in the east or Crystal Palace in the south, before riding through the moonlit city on your fundraising journey.

Taking in over 50 of London’s famous landmarks, Nightrider™ is a truly unique way to explore the capital. While London sleeps, 4000 cyclists will raise more than £2 million in one night for hundreds of charities. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House  and the London Eye.  Click here to see the full route.  Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and  a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.

The full event cost per person is £99 however to pay the reduced fee of £39 please enter our charity specific coupon code ‘MISIONMEXICOUK’ on the checkout page on last page of the registration form. Once you apply the code you will pay £39 instead of £99 and take one of our charity places and pledge to raise a minimum of £250.

If you wish to take one of our charity places please register here via this link 

Event information can be found here

You can like Nightrider on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with all of the latest news!

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Féliz Navidad! Merry Christmas from Misión México

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us once again – the decorations are still up from last year!!

Looking back at the year we feel so very lucky to say that we have had another blessed year. Our children, thanks to the wonderful support we get through sponsorships, scholarships and donations for education, are able to get a well-rounded education that will open up the future to them.

Thanks to the educational gifts you bought us last year from Amazon, we have been able to home school our children that need it and having good quality resources at our fingertips has made learning so much more interesting and teaching so much richer.

What is perhaps most rewarding is that we have been able to extend our children’s education outside the classroom.

We now have 7 children in Ballet classes and a group of children who play and sing in an orchestra. It is incredibly rewarding to watch these children, once thought to be nothing of value to the people who supposedly ‘cared’ for them, find pride and new found confidence in themselves. Children who had no decent education, hopes or etiquette carry themselves with beauty and grace.

How wonderful it is to be a part of the children’s journey. We are a team of volunteers, sponsors, staff and all those who help or support in any way to advance the lives of these children. Thank you to all of you who follow our progress.   Your love, prayers, and support have not gone unnoticed.

We wish you a peaceful Christmas and may the New Year bring you blessings in abundance.

With love from Misión México

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Misión México brings you Christmas ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got some offerings for you which would make some great presents!

This year we have adorable christmas cards, fashionable t-shirts as well as heartwarming and funny DVDs that will make anyone thankful this Christmas.

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Our card range comes with a variety of the children on the cards with a short sentence of our refuge on the back. All cards come in packs of 10.

T-shirts are available in a variety of sizes, colours and designs, all of which can be seen throughout this blog!

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And finally, our DVDs. We have our beautiful documentary, Somewhere Near Tapachula, as well as the hilarious film Surfing 50 States, a film made by the same creators of our documentary of their trip through the United States.

All are great presents at affordable prices and profits will go to us at Misión México.

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Christmas Cards – £5 or $7.50 per pack of 10

T-shirts – £15 or $25 each

Somewhere Near Tapachula DVD – £10 or $20

Surfing 50 States DVD (made by the same producers as Somewhere Near Tapachula) – £5 or $10

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Please note the t-shirts are posted from Australia and the cards from the UK.

Prices do not include postage and handling.

For any orders or questions, contact us at info@lovelifehope.com with ‘merchandise’ as the subject.

Merry Christmas & happy shopping!

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Shopping online = donating to us for FREE!

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I’s almost unbelievable, but we’ve found a way you can shop online and get the best price from 3,600 retailers, while donating money to Misión México at no extra cost.

It does sound like there’s a catch, but there’s not.

Give as you Live is a price comparison website, which means when you make a purchase through them online, they make a commission off the retailer for their services. Instead of pocketing this fee like almost all websites, they pass at least 50% of this sum onto the charity of the customers choice. Amazing.

All you have to do is sign up here and start shopping at over 3,600 stores including Amazon, Ebay, John Lewis, Waterstones and Marks and Spencers. When you purchase a product you’ll get the opportunity to select Misión México as your chosen charity!

AND if you sign up via this link they will donate £5 for every referral. It’s that easy.

So far, Give as you Live has helped raise over five million pounds for over 4,500 UK charities. That’s impressive.

So help yourselves to these great online deals this Christmas and you can help us in the process.

Please note, almost all retailers are based in the UK.

We wish you some happy and successful online shopping!

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We need you!!!

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We urgently need volunteers to come to Misión México and help our kids. We have recently taken several new children into our home and we need energetic, enthusiastic people on deck to act as mentors, friends and teachers to our kids…and of course, to have fun while you’re doing it!

As those of you who have volunteered with us before will know, time at Misión México is not a holiday, however it is incredibly rewarding and you will walk away from the place with the satisfaction that you have made a difference in the lives of these wonderful children.

We would love to see your smiling face in Tapachula again. And this time, why not share the experience with a friend?

As well as needing volunteers to help us out generally, we are currently looking for:

Youth Transition Workers – to act as role models, mentors and supervisors for our young adults as they transition to an independent lifestyle in our male and female transition houses.

Homeschool Teacher– to work with our daughter, Brooke Skuse, to homeschool some of our children who find it difficult to learn in the mainstream education system.

Both roles are a minimum of 6-12 months with living expenses covered.

If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with us in Tapachula or share your skills locally to fundraise for our Misión México family please contact volunteer@lovelifehope.com
 
Come and be part of our family and help keep our beautiful children smiling!

Look what we made

Look what we made

brotherly learning

With warm regards,
Pam and Alan Skuse

The Moustache Party Fundraiser is back!

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It’s back… our annual Moustache Party Fundraiser on Wednesday 26 November at Tonteria,  London, celebrating the Mexican Revolution and raising money for our kids.

Mexican inspired drinks, delicious Mexican burritos, salsas and canapes sponsored by Chipotle and Kankun sauce, live music, revolution raffle, live auction, moustache competition, Mexican mayhem prize draw, free face painting to create personalised tache and much more….

Early bird tickets available until 8 November.

Proceeds will be used for the education and youth transition programs – critical to ensure these children have the best opportunity to escape the poverty and abuse they were born into and have a future they can look forward to.

Last years’ event was incredible but this year we’re doing it bigger and better.

Awesome prizes including food, music, beauty, well being and holidays, generously donated by companies including Peyote, Dermalogica, Rolls Royce, Fabric, Cyclebeat and Bikram Hot Yoga.

The party is proudly sponsored by Tonteria, Kankun Sauce, Chipotle and Jose Cuervo tequila.

Start growing your tache now and join us at our Fiesta!

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Moustache Party 2013

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Biggest tache in town

Celebrating Day of the Dead Melbourne style!

Please join us at the Catrina Festival in Melbourne on Saturday 1 November to celebrate Day Of the Dead like never before! Live music, film and authentic Mexican food and drinks! Get your face painted and raise money for for our kids!

“Long live the dead!? Catrina said. During this unique evening local artists will build an altar structure to honour the departed, aiming to bring their memory back to life.

Get involved and honour the dead with us. Enjoy the altar exhibition and vote for your favourite one!

Free entry from 17:00 – 18:30; Ticketed event starts 19:00

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