The giving time of year
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With Christmas upon us and the New Year in sight I look back upon a year of change and challenges near and far.

I have met very few people who do not have a view on Brexit or Trump! Nonetheless much else is happening in the world and the entities above are a reminder that all things are possible.

As Eastside moves into its 15th year, I recognise the possible by studying the actual. I have seen boys become men and the dream we held at the beginning of this journey realised. Through this mission we have worked with boys whose destiny has been shaped in the boondocks of East London with much help from our friends.

In this season of generosity we are asking our friends and associates to continue with us on the journey through our Roots To Routes fundraising campaign.

World class teaching is a key driver in social mobility and cultural change, creating the template for success for young people throughout their adult lives. Our work really does break through barriers of background and class. The Roots to Routes campaign will send 40 boys and girls to boarding schools next year. To prepare and place each student costs £750 so our goal is to raise £30,000. Your donations will support the work we do to prepare these young people for their new school environment, to mentor and coach them (and their families). This along with ongoing support throughout their placement will ensure that their boarding school experience is successful and ultimately life-transforming.

I take this opportunity to thank you for your incredible support, love and generosity. I wish you a warm and wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2017.