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Summer Fundraising Day 2017

IT’S BACK! Bigger, better and more fun than ever!

Our summer fundraising event is returning to The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich on the 19th of August.

As always, we’ll be offering a fun, family friendly atmosphere, with  live music through out the day and night, along with food and much more.

Once again, we’ll be raising funds to provide therapy through music for local children with life changing illness, injury or diagnosis. Your money can really help make a difference.

From midday to 5pm, it will be the family fun day with acoustic music from Paolo Morena, T@9, Bill Pipe, Lewis Pratt, Hackett 2 Death, James Morgan, Fanny Adams and Johnny Skeates. Along with raffles, cake stall, a bouncy castle, arts/crafts, games, our famous rain gutter regatta and more!

Then from 7pm till late, it will be our punk party with the Special Duties, Red Flag 77, Waxies Dargle + a special guest. There will also be some more raffles and games!

We look forward to seeing you there, just be sure to spread the news!

See the poster for the event: 

K&FF Marathon Runners 2017

YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT!

Everybody who has ever worked, performed or socialised with Kev Moore (Froggai) knows that it would take something incredible for him to add running to his busy schedule. Turns out that thing is Krissy & Friends Foundation.

He has done the ground work, trained, jogged and other stuff runners do, keeping it all under wraps and now the countdown starts!

Next Sunday (23rd April), Kev will run the London Marathon, yes the real one, and despite keeping it quiet he has been sighted running the streets of Ipswich, Kesgrave, Felixstowe and beyond in preparation.

If you see him out running don’t hesitate to give him a wave and let us know – preferably with a picture – we need proof!!!

And the brilliant Colin Russell is back at it again too – as he’ll also be running on the big day.

More importantly please donate some money to help provide therapy though music to local children, as any little amount of money you can offer adds up to a lot and will help so many young people of East Anglia and that’s what all the effort is for.

Kev’s page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KevinMoore9

Colin’s page: www.totalgiving.co.uk/colinslondonmarathon2017

Keep up the great work guys, and best of luck next week from us all at K&FF.

UPDATE: Colin can no longer run this year due to injury, however he will be ready for next year. Wishing you a speedy recovery Colin! 

Ladies of Saxmundham

Hello, we haven’t posted an update lately, so we’re here to share the news on our lovely afternoon with the ladies of Saxmundham!

Shirley, a long term supporter of the charity, has shaved her head, made jewellery and baked cakes on behalf of the children of East Anglia to ensure they receive therapy through music.

In addition to all her own efforts she took us to meet Janice of Cards and Celebrations in Saxmundham on Monday, who has spent the last year raising funds for Krissy and Friends, filling three collection pots to the Brim!

The total was an amazing £131.79 plus the £12 that Shirley has saved in her coppers, that’s an incredible £143.79. WOW!

In the ten years that Janice has run the shop, she and her customers have supported many charities and we are honoured that she chose our small local charity for 2016. We are very grateful to the Saxmunham community and thank them on behalf of all the families they are supporting through us. Thank you.

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Christmas Cards

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

Before the hustle and bustle of Christmas really sets in, this could be the year you finally get ahead, and buy your Christmas cards early! There are only six more Mondays before the last Christmas postal dates, so why hesitate?

This year our cards have been adorably designed by Lexi, aged 7 and are kindly sponsored by local business Midas.

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You can buy a pack of 10 cards for the bargain price of £5. The inside has been left blank for your own personal message. Each pack also contains details of how the little ones you know could be the winner of our 2017 Christmas card design competition.

We are happy to deliver for free in and around Ipswich, further afield will require additional postage and packaging costs.

The money we receive will help East Anglian children to access music based therapies, what a great gift to give.

Please contact us through Facebook or email us at krissy.and.friends@gmail.com to let us know how many packs you would like and the delivery address. We will then advise you on how you can pay. After this, we will make arrangements to get your cards to you ASAP!

Thank you for supporting us and best wishes to you all!

Rob’s Great South Run

Rob Buttigieg is running the Great South Run on 23rd October 2016 for Krissy & Friends Foundation!

We are over the moon that he has chosen to support us whilst he undertakes this challenge.  If anyone knows Rob you’ll be aware that this is  a truly big task he has undertaken. What an absolute star, thank you so much Rob.

Please click on this link and support him to reach the finish line: www.totalgiving.co.uk/robgreatsouthrun

Words from Rob himself…

“Hello! As you know I am a firm believer that cars were invented to prevent things like people running about. However, those that know me will also understand the lure of a stupid fancy dress costume, with that in mind I am raising money for the wonderful Krissy and Friends Foundation. This is an excellent charity making a real difference in their community and I am proud to be able to help them in any way I can. Even if it does mean dressing up like an idiot and running about for 10 miles.”

When we started this charity we aimed to change the lives of young people through music.  Who knew we could influence our friends to run around in silly costumes for us!  We believe that Robs life has changed, we were all moved and inspired by the Krissy and Friends Marathon runners but Rob has embraced the inner athlete, taken to the streets and made a difference to the lives of others. He has smashed his £100 target raising a whopping £146 with gift aid.  We are proud to call him our friend and know the monies raised will be put to good use. Thank you Rob on behalf of the young people and their families who will benefit from your hard work.

 

Multi Pub Music Quiz 2016 – RESULTS

A huge thank you to all the venues & attendees who supported our Multi Pub Charity Quiz on the 29th September 2016.

Results are in…

With all your support we have raised a massive £625.12 and with the generosity of the highest scoring team, ‘Hunted by a Freak,’ donating their £100 prize money into the pot, that tops up to £725.12!!!

The Dove won the highest average scoring pub trophy and The Shamrock wins the trophy for most funds raised.  All the pubs played their part in helping vulnerable children across East Anglia access music as therapy.

it was a quiet night in and around Ipswich but our lovely pubs and supporters rallied to put the fun in fundraising, they guessed, giggled and groaned through the evening and astounded us with their musical knowledge!!!  Great work Quiz masters!!!

Plans are already afoot to make next year bigger and better, with quizzes being donated and more pubs offering to take part, so keep your eyes and ears open as our big quiz night grows you might want to plan your team now!

Multi Pub Music Quiz 2016

An update has been long overdue, so incase you hadn’t seen or heard already the hotly contested music quiz is bigger and better than ever this year, with more pubs, more fun and bigger bragging rights!

But don’t panic if you’re not very good, that’s okay, because it’s all for charity!

This year’s Multi Pub Music Quiz takes place on Thursday the 29th of September at 7pm.

We ask simply that there are no more than 4 in a team, and that you donate £10 per team (which is a mere £2.50 per person!).

This year, the pubs involved are as follows: –
Duke of York (Ipswich)
The Steamboat Tavern (Ipswich)
The Greyhound (Claydon)
Briarbank Brewery (Ipswich)
The Shamrock (Ipswich)
The Mulberry Tree (Ipswich)
The Dove (Ipswich)
The Kesgrave Bell (Kesgrave)

And here is our poster (click to enlarge)

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Feel free to share it in your pub or with your friends!

We hope you are ready to get quizzical! Will we see you there? Who will become our 2016 champion? We can’t wait! 

Feel free to join the discussion over on our Facebook event too!

Recap: Summer Fundraiser 2016

This time last week, we would have just about recovered from the mania (and hangovers!) of our 2016 Summer Fundraiser.

We’re amazed it’s our third year already! Therefore, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported us on Saturday the 23rd of July – it was great to see a mix of old and new face.

With your help we managed to raise a whopping, just over £1,600! That’s such a brilliant figure and will go such a long way to supporting young people of East Anglia through music therapy.

We have just updated our Gallery over on our Facebook page (we are still looking into fixing our Website Gallery, so stay tuned for that update in the future) – and we want to also say a big thank you to the brilliant Rob Buttigieg, who posed as Photographer for the day, catching some cracking shots for us. (Were you there? You might have been snapped… feel free to tag yourself, share and let us know if you have!)

As always, another big thank you to The Steamboat Tavern for being great hosts.

A round of applause for the fabulous acts that entertained us through-out the day, whether you stepped up to the open mic in the day, or you were one of rocking evening bands. We loved you all!

Also, to the whole of team Krissy & Friends and the volunteers who all pulled their weight in making this lovely event happen.

Finally, thank you again to you all, because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be able to provide music therapy to those that need it. We really appreciate your support, and hope to see you again soon!

Charity Single

We have an exciting announcement to make!

We can’t believe how lucky we are that local band Fisti Kuffs have been working with the International Rapper and Music Producer MC Lars to write a single dedicated to us.

This song has been in the making for over a year and recorded by Ian Crow of Amblin’ Man Recording Studios local recording studio based in Otley, Suffolk before being sent to the USA for MC Lars himself to apply his unique brand of ‘nerdcore’ ingeniousness.

You can download the single for just 79p from iTunes, stream online via Spotify or purchase for just £1 via this link here.

100% of the money received will be given to Krissy & Friends Foundation to help with our work in the community.

We cannot thank enough to all those involved in writing, performing and recording this great single. On behalf of all of us at KFF, cheers!

And to you music lovers out there – we all hope that you enjoy this track. Why not have a jam while supporting our cause? Thank you for supporting us!

Raingutter Regatta Rules 2016

The Krissy & Friends and Steamboat Tavern Raingutter Regatta boat race is back again for it’s second year as part of the Summer Fundraising Day 2016.

This event is open to everyone!

Entrants (teams or individuals) will need to create a boat (following the specifications below) – you are free to paint and decorate your boat as you chose and prizes will be awarded for design, as well as race winners. Boats can be constructed prior to the day or materials will be provided on the day. Sailboats will race along a specially adapted raingutter filled with water.

All boats and Captains must be registered by 3pm in order to participate.

Trophies will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners of both the Race and for Design, so make and name your boat, assign your captain and RACE!

Good luck!

THE RULES:

1) Boat Specifications:

  • No other form of propulsion besides the sail is allowed.
  • Length: up to 18cm (maximum).
  • Height: May not exceed 18cm from the top of the deck to the tip of the mast.
  • Sail: The sail can be made from any material, but the dimensions should not exceed 14cm high and 10cm wide.
  • Width: There is no official maximum or minimum width for the boat although the width of the raingutter is about 12cm wide and the boat must sit down inside the gutter in order to race.
  • Weight: No weight restrictions.
  • Decorations/Additions: Objects such as sailors, cannons, etc. may be added. All such decorations must be firmly fastened to the boat, and may not be placed in such a manner as to exceed the boat  dimensions as listed above.
  • Bowsprits (large spars projecting forward from the stem) are prohibited in racing competition, as they extend the overall length of the boat, providing an unfair advantage.
  • Body: The body can be made from any materials. It may be shaped, hollowed out, or built up, as long as it meets all other specifications.
  • Boat must be able to carry a Krissy & Friends / Steamboat Lego mascot (these will be provided on the day) from start to finish.

Tip – a winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag.

2) Inspection and Registration: 

Before the race begins, all participating “Captains” must check-in with their boats. Here are the pre-race check-in details:

  • Before a boat may compete in the regatta, it is subject to a technical inspection by the Raingutter Regatta Commodore, to verify that it meets the prescribed specifications (see 1) Boat Specifications above for details). If a problem is noted, the Captain may be asked to correct it before the boat is registered.
  • When the boat passes inspection, it is then registered along with the boat name and the Captain’s name.
  • Registration cutoff will be no later than 30 minutes before race start time for all participants. Boats that have not registered by the cutoff deadline (3pm) will not race, so plan to arrive early enough to get your boat registered.

3) Race Procedure: 

Every race has to have rules, and ours is no exception. Here’s what to expect:

  • Power: No motors, paddles, or other devices allowed. An unattached straw to help direct wind at the sail is allowed, but only the captain can provide the wind.
  • Each race heat will involve two equal lengths of raingutter (approximately 3 metres long) filled with water.
  • The race heat begins once the official starter has placed the competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and commands the boats to “GO!”
  • Pushing the boat forward is NOT allowed while righting a capsized or stuck boat by hand. Pushing may result in disqualification.
  • The first boat to reach the finish line (the opposite end of the gutter) is the winner of that heat. The finish line official(s) will have the final and only say in determining the winner. In the unlikely event of a tie, the heat will be rerun.
  • The race will be run as a double elimination format, with the winners of each heat advancing until the third, second, and first place winners are determined for each rank.
  • First, Second, and Third Places will be awarded either Design or Racing awards.
  • Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator may be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.

Hope you’ve got your thinking caps on – see you on the big day!