Fundraising for Sri Lankan Orphanage

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Mar 15, 2016

As a mandatory requirement in most Volunteering NGO's the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check - former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - or Certificado de Registo Criminal (Portuguese), must be done as soon as possible after applying for the position.

Yesterday and after a couple of days in Portugal I've decided to do mine.

The main difference between the UK and Portugal is the cost of this 'paper', on the big island you'll have to spend up to 30 quid and just 5€ in Portugal.

Just 5 minutes after entering 'Loja do Cidadão' building and I got this #noconvictions


Add a Comment

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Feb 19, 2016

More than a month ago, in order to get some more (different) types of donations, I've decided to approach my Club's Foundation about their willingness to participate in this campaign.

This time I was not looking for monetary donations, but to collect some basic material (for school, clothing etc.) for the kids.

The truth was the time passed by and I was still waiting for an answer. After a couple of weeks, with some many things still to be done before I leave the UK, I just completely forgot that.

Today, just right 10 minutes ago got an email notification on my mobile, on my way back from work and... 'tcharan'!! The Reply from Benfica Foundation.

My immediate thought was like 'Yeah right, just to let me know they are not interested helping a random Benfica supporter!'; couldn't be wronger. The answer was quite positive, they showed their interested to provide some material, all I just needed to do was book an appointment at their office to introduce myself, tell some more details about my trip to Sri Lanka and collect the 'basket'.

This weekend couldn't start better!

Add a Comment

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Feb 03, 2016

And that's it, another Tick on the Box: The Visa

After sending an email and checking the High Comission of Sri Lanka website in December, I've posted all required documents - fees included - to them (already in 2016).

After a few days I've received a phone call from a very well educated lady, saying, since the 1st of January 2016, for a 30 to 90 days visa the fees have increased 144% :| (poker face).

Needless to say, the next day I was again on the Post Office sending the remaining difference to the HCSR.

To be fair, the process didn't take too long till I get my Documents back and the Visa stamped on my Passport .

Lesson for the future: Always check the fees on the day you send the visa application.

Add a Comment

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Jan 30, 2016

After reaching the 40% of total funds, here I am with a new Update.

This time with my Backpack selection for my Sri Lankan trip.

Mostly this object will be on my back everywhere I go - during weekdays: volunteer places, beach and during weekends, during my trips around the island.

So I was looking for a "not too big, not too small" backpack, but most importantly a resistant one. So after a while, looking in some websites I found the "one", this Herschel, quite simple and clean backpack.

(In Porto, Portugal you can find it on The Athlete's Foot shop)

Probably is not the cheapest one on the market but I do hope it lasts more than two months, at least two decades...

Just let me know your thoughts about this purchase, on the comment box below.

photo

Good point Gonçalo, but this post was more to encourage and prepare those who are willing to go through a similar experience. I agree with all the things you mentioned above and I’ll bring all of them already with me. There’s no backpack strong and resistant enough to hold such powerful feelings :) At the end of May, when I come back from Sri Lanka, I’ll be able to say "If I did it, everyone is able to do it as well". See you Wednesday old chap!

Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes

Update posted by Jan 31

photo

It’s not about the backpack it’s about the hope and happiness you are about to take to those children and warmth and sense of accomplisment you will bring in return and that you will carry for the rest of your life. So if you think this backpack is able to do this job then it’s a perfect one,

goncalo Pereira

Update posted by Jan 31

Add a Comment

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Jan 17, 2016

IThis weekend whilst buying my brand new 2016 calendar (probably 1 month late) I've passed by the Travel Guides section and I decided to have a look to the shelves. After 15 minutes picking all the Sri Lanka ones I've selected this one from Lonely Planet. Definitely a very good and helpful choice to be used during my weekend trips around the island.

Just less than 2 and 1/2 months to go... looking forward to it!

photo

Well West (explore Colombo) and South coast of the island and of course the Tea route within other places... I’ve to make a thorough study tough and organize better the rotas for the weekends.

Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes

Update posted by Jan 30

photo

Good choice! Do you already have any idea which places you will visit?

Joao Fernandes

Update posted by Jan 19

Add a Comment

Update posted by Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes On Nov 26, 2015

So yesterday, after reserving the volunteer place, was time to buy the plane ticket.

The departure won't be from the UK. In fact I decided to take some time before going to Sri Lanka and go back to my homeland and have some relaxing time and find the 'air way' to Ceylon, divided in 3 flights, two stops (before the final one) in 24 hours

photo

Any suggestions for what to do in Abu Dhabi Airport? I’ve had very good feedback about those lounges (and when reserved in advance they are quite cheap), is it true?

Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes

Update posted by Nov 26

Add a Comment

photo

Good luck Diogo.

Robert Tabberner

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 03, 2016

photo

Looks a great cause, glad I could donate otherwise I would have owed you a lot of macdonalds!! Have a great time!

Alice Fisher

Backed with £5.00 On Apr 03, 2016

photo

Gandalf The Grey

Backed On Apr 02, 2016 Amount Hidden

photo

Alberto Cecilio

Backed with £39.00 On Mar 29, 2016

photo

Tiago Camacho

Backed with £30.00 On Mar 29, 2016

photo

Leticia Marcelino

Backed On Mar 28, 2016 Amount Hidden

photo

Francisco Andrade Vaz

Backed On Mar 28, 2016 Amount Hidden

photo

Daniel Ferreira

Backed with £10.00 On Mar 20, 2016

photo

Te van a robar parte del corazón!

Ester Benguerel

Backed with £30.00 On Mar 09, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed On Mar 08, 2016 Amount Hidden

SHOW MORE COMMENTS
Add a Comment

photo

Diogo Antas Botelho Lobo Fernandes

Campaign Owner

send a message

photo

petros sofroniou

Following Since Mar 18, 2016

photo

Donna-Lee Norton

Following Since Mar 08, 2016

photo

Danilo Oliveira

Following Since Feb 28, 2016

photo

Mário Casinhas Ferreira

Following Since Feb 28, 2016

photo

Andre Mendes

Following Since Feb 07, 2016

photo

Rodrigo Marcelino

Following Since Feb 06, 2016

photo

Tiago Calvário

Following Since Feb 04, 2016

photo

Nancy Columbine

Following Since Feb 04, 2016

photo

Jenny Stonier

Following Since Jan 31, 2016

photo

pelayo pajares

Following Since Jan 30, 2016

SHOW MORE FOLLOWERS