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A thank you from Wish For Rwanda

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

An open letter of thanks from Jackie Calder to the supporters of Wish For Rwanda

My goodness what an amazing start! And we haven’t even launched yet!!

Thank you to everyone who turned out in such fabulous style for Wish for Rwanda’s first fundraising fashion show and lunch on Saturday 28th November. Over one hundred of Edinburgh’s most glamorous ladies and gentlemen were there to help us raise money and create a real buzz about Wish for Rwanda.

The Christmas-themed event was held in the Balmoral Hotel and opened with a champagne reception. Clothes for the fashion show were provided by Booby Trap Boutique, John Lewis and Retucco. In addition to ticket sales, a charity auction and raffle raised money for the charity. Guests were also invited to leave personal messages on a wishing tree for a small donation.

My good friend and long-time supporter of Wish for Rwanda, Lisa Henderson, hosted the fashion show and took to the catwalk like a duck to water, ensuring the show ran smoothly and charming the crowd with her enthusiasm and good humour. Professor Gerda Siann, the Honorary Consul for Rwanda to Scotland, later joined her on stage for the auction and raffle.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has donated to Wish for Rwanda so far. Your contributions bring us closer to our target of raising £1million for the widows, widowers and orphans of the Rwandan genocide.

Our first project will be the building of a Health Centre in the district of Gasabo, near the capital city of Kigali. A health centre in this area will provide the community with stable healthcare and my vision is to provide well-equipped premises and trained medical staff.

We hope to build a brighter future through the introduction of clinics to educate the community about hygiene, child welfare, nutrition, family-planning and the avoidance of malaria and HIV/AIDS.

I hope to see you all again for our official launch event in the new year.

Ten days until Wish For Rwanda takes over The Balmoral Hotel!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009


Wish For Rwanda is aiming to raise £1m for the survivors of the genocide

If you’ve been following the blog you’ll know that we’ve teamed up with new charity Wish For Rwanda. Set up earlier this year, the charity is aiming to raise £1million for Rwanda and it’s starting this month.

The first event will be a Christmas-themed fashion show and lunch at The Balmoral Hotel on November 28th. Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception and models will be showing off this season’s must-haves from John Lewis, Retucco and lingerie boutique Booby Trap. For more information on the fashion show or to buy your ticket, please visit

As well as gearing up for the fashion show, we’ve been getting the word about Jackie and her mission out to the media. Thankfully our hard work has paid off and the Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record both carried features on Wish For Rwanda this week.

You can read the Edinburgh Evening News story here and the Daily Record piece is online here.

Hopefully you’ll be sharing a glass of fizz with us on the 28th!

Wishing for Rwanda

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Branding by Taste Design in Edinburgh

The last couple of months have been great for Hot Tin Roof so we’ve decided to pay our good fortune forward. We can now proudly announce that we’ll be donating our PR services to Wish For Rwanda, a new charity set up by Edinburgh’s very own Jackie Calder.

Jackie visited Rwanda in March on a study tour and she was struck by the hope and potential of a country in recovery. On her return to Scotland, Jackie founded Wish For Rwanda with the aim of raising £1million to deliver projects that will bring comfort and aid to the widows, widowers and orphans of the genocide.

The first project will raise money to build a Health Centre in the district of Gasabo, near the capital city of Kigali. Sessions will also be introduced to educate the community about hygiene, child welfare, nutrition, and family-planning. Hopefully, this will be the first of many such projects over the coming years.

Jackie is an events organiser by trade so she’ll be putting her skills to good use at Wish for Rwanda’s first fundraiser in November. Watch this space for more details or visit

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