A SHEFFIELD couple who gave up their lives in South Yorkshire to work with Rwandan street children are hosting an extravagant ball to raise awareness of their work.
Cat and Simon Ross, formerly of Broomhill, moved to Rwanda last year, to help hundreds of children in a country torn apart by genocide.
Cat said many of the families there had suffered unimaginable horrors and had little food or shelter and little hope for the future.
Now the couple are flying home to raise much needed funds for Sheffield-based charity, Rwandachild.
On Saturday, July 7, The Royal Victoria Hotel will host an evening of food, live entertainment and an auction – with lots including one of world record holder Usain Bolt’s signed running shoes.
The theme is Rwandan Sunset and the aim is to recreate the colours and music of the African Plains.
Cat, aged 34, said: “It was a huge decision to leave our lives in Sheffield, but what we are doing there is amazing.
“We get to help change the lives of thousands of children and their families and give them the knowledge someone loves and cares for them.
“We may not be able to change the world but we can start to change the world of one child at a time.”
Lisa Bradley, a journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, who sponsors nine-year-old Prince through the charity, said: “What Cat and Simon have done is incredible. Getting letters from Prince makes my week, and it’s good for my sons to be involved and understand not everyone is so fortunate.”
So far, the charity has developed teacher training at three schools supporting more than 2,300 children.
The charity also coordinates child sponsorship programmes, enabling more than 4,500 children to attend school, access to healthcare and have regular meals and clothing.
Workers also mentor young homeless people aged four to 25 and support them to return to school or gain vocational training.
n For details about the charity or to buy ball tickets, visit www.sunsetcharityball.co.uk