Text in to save a life

By Kevin Unitt 06/03 Updated: 06/03 09:03

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Buy photos » TME volunteer helpers Sheena Cordeiro and Paul McCall take time out from authoring new DVD products to advertise the new JustTextGiving facility. (s)

TEXT £2 to save a life is the new call from a Leamington-based charity which produces educational DVDs for some of the world's poorest people.

Thare Machi Education (TME) has teamed-up with phone giant Vodafone to launch the appeal via a 'JustTestGiving' service.

TMS makes educational interactive DVDs in many languages, supplying them free of charge to partner organisations in various developing countries, covering subjects such as HIV, malaria, TB, healthy living, clean water and human trafficking.

It has recently been an order from South Africa for 8,000 sets of 27 lessons on disc to be used in Western Cape Province, which TME has described as an “incredible opportunity.”

They have traditionally been supported by some generous benefactors but bosses say it has now reached a stage where they need to increase their fund-raising each month.

TME held a recent brain-storming conference at Jephson Gardens entitled 'embracing the future', at which they discussed ways to raise about £70,000 to fund the new DVDs ordered.

That is when they came up with the texting plan, where supporters can text 'DFSA01 and then their choice of £2, £5 or £10 to 70070. The amount chosen will then show up as being taken from their next phone bill.

Visit www.tme.org.uk or call Stephen Clarke on 01926 422711 for further details.

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