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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

Men at work

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


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!

chetna                   Nightrider 2013

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

La catrina Festival Melb nov 2014

How to survive as a small charity in the UK

The UK is often held up as a very generous nation. The UK was announced the sixth most charitable nation in the World Giving Index 2013 published by the Charity Aid Foundation.

It isn’t surprising, therefore, that small charities have popped up all over the country with the tenacity of a garden weed. Of course, rather than being a scourge on our landscape, they are often the very fabric that hold our communities together and have affected individual lives profoundly. The UK’s Small Charity Week, is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges these small charities face and to ask ourselves how they ensure their work is recognised and understood.

The Misión México UK team, headed up by Deborah Grossman, supported by five Trustees, and a trusted team of volunteers, set up Misión México UK in 2012 to raise awareness of the refuge in Tapachula and support the programmes run for the children; namely the Education Programme, Surf Programme, Working Training Programme and Youth Transition Programme.  Here are some of the things we have learned so far.

board meeting June 2013

board meeting June 2013

Don’t try to compete with the ‘big boys’

Misión México is different to the bigger charities who support children. We stand for the same issues (education, empowering young girls and women, reducing poverty, supporting the recovery of children who have suffered physical and emotional abuse), but the Misión México vision and our purpose is unique to us. Furthermore, we simply do not have the same resources as the bigger organisations. We therefore, do not try to compete with larger charities for attention or space. We tailor our fundraising activities to our vision and the resources at our disposal. We share the Misión Mexico story amongst and through our colleagues, friends and family. We ask them to tell our story.new balance toddler

Investing in volunteers

Misión México, like many small charities, would simply not exist without the time, expertise and support given to us by our volunteers. Whether this be helping us to run the Misión México website, holding fundraising events, taking photos and making videos for us, or whether it be going to Mexico to teach music, to help the children with homework, to spend time surfing, we rely on people giving us their time. We are constantly trying to improve our mechanisms for recruiting volunteers and ensuring that we are investing in them and supporting them in their own development when we can. We truly believe that you should invest in your volunteers.

Volunteers helping out at Mexican Independence Day celebrations 2031 in London

Volunteers helping out at Mexican Independence Day celebrations 2031 in London

Making your story relevant

Misión México faces a big challenge of making our story relevant in the UK. We are small, and the reason we exist is to support children in Mexico. Making our story relevant to people here has been a challenge. However, some things in life cross boundaries. The suffering of children is one of these. No matter who you are or where you live, we all believe in taking care of children. Therefore by sharing our children’s stories and showing that there are some things all children have in common, we are building trust and gaining traction in the UK.

Learning from, and sharing with, small charities

We have learned a great deal from other incredible charities such as New Life Mexico and International Refugee Trust who have a similar set up to ourselves. We would like to collaborate more with other small charities to network, share ideas, and support each other. Often small charities perceive themselves as being in competition with each other for people’s attention, time, and money but we believe that more can be gained through sharing learning and resources and through collaboration. We have found the networking opportunities afforded to us by Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS), the Institute of Funding and the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) very useful.

Understanding your impact

Cristian, Alex y Jennifer

Cristian, Alex y Jennifer

Understanding the difference you are making is vital for small charities and yet is notoriously difficult. Often collecting robust statistical data is just not possible and so we are often left wondering what impact our work is having. We at Misión México are very lucky to be able to see the effect our work is having on the children we support every day. For us, the most effective means of showing those who support us just what their time and money is contributing towards, is by telling stories. We ask the children at the refuge what their life is like at the refuge, how things have changed, what their dreams are, what their passions are. This allows our audience to build a type of relationship with them and thus see what a difference we are making. Our children are writing their own blog posts now and sharing their lives with us on Facebook.

While the past two years has been full of challenges and we are very proud of how much we have learned so far. It is our hope that we will be able to continue to learn from and work alongside other small charities to ensure we are can continue to help the most vulnerable in our society.

Debs, Marli, Marie Ester, Junior, Jennifer & Pam

Debs, Marli, Marie Ester, Junior, Jennifer & Pam

What will you wax for Misión México?

JuniorWax on, wax off!

Have you got some hair that should probably be removed? Yes? Great! No? Well do it anyway!

We’re pleased to announce Misión México is tearing ourselves off our boards as we’re being featured on the Big Wax Wednesday, a new fundraising challenge helping to raise money for great causes.

In order to get involved, all you have to do is nominate a part of your body you’ll wax, start raising money, then take part in the Big Wax on Wednesday, 25 June!

Andrew Cotton, professional big wave surfer and Mision Mexico ambassador, is supporting this campaign;

“It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can participate from where ever you like!”

What are the Big Wax Wednesday rules?

Want to learn the rules? You can find out all you need to know on the Big Wax Wednesday site.

And if you participate and have a hairy friend, you shouldn’t forget to ‘Wax & Nominate’. It’s the right thing to do… because it’s for charity! Make sure you take some photos to share with friends to help raise money. Read more on Mision Mexico’s fundraising tips.

Tell us here what you intend to wax and we look forward to seeing some silky smooth skin all over the globe on Wednesday, 25 June.

So go on, wax on, wax off!

Papa on his surf board...what will he wax?!

Papa on his surf board…what will he wax?!

Winter Magic Festival fundraiser in the Blue Mountains

Misión México will be represented at The Winter Magic Festival. The Winter Magic Festival is a free, annual community event, celebrated around the Winter solstice in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.

Winter Magic is the Blue Mountains highest profile and most anticipated annual event. It is the weekend when artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.

The mother of one of Misión México’s volunteers, Dominic Attard, is fundraising for Misión México by selling a selection of vegetarian food at one of the stalls of the festival.

In addition to this the Katoomba/Leura Senior citizens group are graciously lending us their cafe kitchen to prepare the food and will also be making a donation.

If you are attending the Winter Magic Festival be sure to stop by the Misión México fundraiser stall to try some of the delicious food and let us know how it was! Winter in the Blue Mountains is a special time and this festival always proves a great day out.

Got a fundraising idea? Let us know!

Winter magic festival logo

Dominic Attard at Mision Mexico in Tapachula.

Dominic Attard at Mision Mexico in Tapachula.