A message from Mary Topley CEO Bridge2Aid, please read and then act.
Bridge2Aid urgently needs your help
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we need to raise at least £50,000 before the end of March 2014. Without these funds our vital work will be under threat.
Why do we need such urgent help?
In the past few months, two things have happened resulting in a significant financial challenge for us.
Firstly, Bridge2Aid (B2A) was recently the victim of a sophisticated financial fraud in Tanzania, orchestrated by an organised crime ring. Neither the police investigation nor our own review has shown any link with the B2A team. High quality counterfeit cheques were used the day after a grant payment was received to extract a large sum of money illegally. We have taken swift action to tighten procedures and continue to pursue the funds taken, plus we have switched accounts to a new international bank.
Secondly, we’re also facing a sudden, and large (70%), drop in funds from our main corporate sponsor, who dramatically announced during the latter half of 2013 that they would be slashing Bridge2Aid’s final payment of a three-year grant due to a large fall in their own profits. They have done this with all the projects they fund.
These two incidents combined mean that instead of starting 2014 with a low reserve, which we could manage, we now have a significant challenge to deliver treatment and training programmes in the first part of the year.
We are already 3 months into a new fundraising strategy that will deliver additional funds towards the middle of 2014. We have responded proactively by reducing programme numbers and costs for 2014, but we need your help in the short term to help us in recovering from these two unexpected events.
Our long-term strategy remains the same, and with our wonderful B2A family, track record, reputation and impact, we are very confident we can continue to fund B2A from June onwards.
Our current challenge
We need to raise at least £50,000 before the end of March 2014 to ensure we can continue our vital work through the rest of the year and beyond.
We’re doing everything in our power to rectify the situation, including raising additional funds and working with the bank and the authorities in Tanzania to retrieve our stolen funds. However, we cannot do this without your help. Our need is urgent.
Right now there is a very real threat to our work – and there are still millions of people suffering daily agony in East Africa who need our help. We have plans in place, a committed and gifted team, and hundreds of volunteers ready to deliver vital pain relief and training that would result in access to emergency dentistry for more than 3 million people over the next 3 years.
Please donate now to help us continue the vital work that so many people have generously contributed to over the past 10 years, and make a life free from dental pain a reality for communities in need.
Forgive the direct nature of this appeal but we need your help, and we need it now. Without additional funding B2A will be unable to continue its work in East Africa or anywhere else. The urgency of this appeal cannot be overstated.
We have a dental community of 50,000 people in the UK. If just 1,000 of those people are able to make a donation of £40, plus gift aid, we will reach our target.
Can you help us in what is a very real time of need?
We are looking for individual and private donations in units of £40, £80 and £100 that, with the addition of Gift Aid, will give us £50, £111 and £133 in total to replace the missing funds and reduced grant, enabling the planned programmes and pain relief for millions to go ahead.
In addition, we would be most grateful if you could share our message and need with your friends and family, as well as your community as a whole, to help support us in this undertaking. If you need help organising this, please do not hesitate to contact us at B2A.
Meanwhile, if some of our much-valued friends in the supply, corporate and retail sectors of dentistry could give larger donations, we can make our way through the shortfall period and carry on with our mission.
You can make a donation in the following ways:
- Online via our website – www.bridge2aid.org/urgentappeal
- Online direct to our bank, RBS, sort code: 16.16.20, account no. 10072646
- Directly onto our justgiving page – www.justgiving.com/B2Aurgentappeal
- By cheque made payable to ‘Bridge2Aid’ and posted to Bridge2Aid, Well House, The Chipping, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire. GL12 7AD
- By calling 0845 8509877
We face this huge endeavour with the courage of our convictions and the confidence that our many friends will gather around us and offer their time, talents and funds.
Thank you for your fantastic support to date and please continue to help us with our work.