Brighton-based charity, the Proporta Education Foundation (PEF), hosted a pub quiz last Tuesday, raising over £1000 to fund one Sri Lankan child with a lifetime’s education.
The Holler Brewery & Taproom opened especially for the evening and donated 10% off all bartakings to the PEF. Proporta’s business contacts also donated several items for raffle and auction, including Ted Baker luggage and watches, Karen Millen accessories, Simon Harrison jewellery, Portmeirion ceramics and Chemical X artwork.
The PEF was founded in 2008 by Proporta business owners, Mike Coombes and Guy Monson, as a solution to help talented Sri Lankan children from poor families remain in education. Schooling is free in Sri Lanka, but essentials (books, pens, paper, uniforms and transport) are not. If a family can’t cover these extra costs it can mean that their children simply cannot go to school. This can sometimes have tragic consequences, which became apparent back in 2007 when Guy and Mike read about a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide when her family couldn’t afford writing paper for her homework. With its team of volunteers in Brighton and Sri Lanka, the PEF now sponsors 120 children.
Chairman, Guy Monson, says: “The key to the PEF is our practical, versatile approach. 100% of all donations go to the charity and we work with local schools to provide the tools that the children actually need. When they need water, we work with villagers to install a safe water system. If they need a bike to outrun elephants on their way to school, I kid you not, then we buy one. Things that we take for granted in the UK – water, books and transport, aren’t a given there. A little goes a long way.”
The volunteers at the PEF are working hard to raise £20,000 to take on twenty new students, by 2020. It costs £100 per student, per year, throughout their education. Successful students will go on to become the doctors and teachers that are so desperately needed by their impoverished and often isolated communities.
The PEF is eager to raise awareness among local Brighton businesses who may be able to help support this goal. If you’re interested in finding out more about the PEF please contact them here.