SOS Alumni Visit CKL Developments
When Pestalozzi CEO Sue Walton got a call from fellow charity CEO, Simon Etherington of SOS Children’s Villages UK asking if she could arrange for the SOS alumni at Pestalozzi to be photographed with a classic car to publicise their link with HERO, the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, she wasn’t sure where to find one at short notice. Luckily she knew a man who did! David Harding put out a call to the East Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, ESJEC, asking for members to contact her. The response was overwhelming.
ESJEC members responded to the appeal within hours and when CKL’s Co-Founder and Director Melvin Floyd phoned to say they were just on the doorstep Sue gratefully accepted their offer. She said "CKL couldn’t have been more accommodating. Chris gave the four students a tour of the facilities before the photoshoot explaining the history of the cars and the company. We all learned a lot.”
SOS Children’s Villages regularly put forward young people for Pestalozzi scholarships. Currently there are four SOS alumni in the Pestalozzi community, Marshal Mugwagwa, Chipo Kambarami and Ashley Moyo from Zimbabwe and Arpana Nepal from Nepal. The two charities have a similar ethos and this photoshoot presented a great opportunity to work together.
Pestalozzi student Marshal Mugwagwa said "The workshop was very impressive and very clean!” Chipo Kambarami added "Chris explained every part of the restoration process so clearly. My favourite would definitely be the D-Type!”
CKL’s Founder and Technical Director Chris Keith-Lucas said he was delighted to host the photoshoot. "CKL have a lot of synergy with HERO members and it was a pleasure to be able to help out.” He added "CKL and Pestalozzi are probably two of Sedlescombe’s best kept secrets so hopefully this will help to raise the profile of both our organisations as well as SOS!”