What is the Mite Scheme?
The Mite Scheme – started in 1986 by the late Mr Roy Barnett MBE – raises vital funds by collecting 5p coins, to purchase Oral Rehydration Sachets through Unicef to keep children around the world healthy and safe. Just like your alka-seltzer after a party, these salts can re-hydrate your body. However, for a child suffering from cholera or malnutrition, five sachets could mean the difference between life and death. Did you know that just £6 could save the lives of as many as 15 children suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhoea?
Is the Mite Scheme right for me?
Unicef is supported entirely by your donations, and The Mite Scheme is a great way for your faith group to raise money so that together we can help make a lasting difference for children worldwide.
At present, it is mainly Christian churches of various denominations throughout the UK who make up the membership of the scheme, but there are also youth groups and other organisations and individuals not linked to a church, who are involved with the Mite Scheme too. Everyone is welcome.
What difference will this make for children?
All money raised through the Scheme comes to Unicef. The delivery and production in various locations locally of each sachet, costs an average 8p.
YOUR FUNDRAISING CAN CHANGE LIVES
A £29 contribution to the Mite Scheme could provide 500 packets of specially-formulated rehydration salts that can help save the lives of as many as 100 children suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhoea.
How can I support the scheme?
You can be part of the Mite Scheme by saving any 5p coins that you have and donating them each month to the Mite Scheme either through your faith group or individually, collecting “mites”. Once this is paid in at the bank, please then send a cheque made out to Unicef UK together with either an e-mail address or a stamped addressed envelope for a receipt to Keith Garner the Scheme Volunteer Coordinator at: 39 Trinity Close, Daventry, NN11 4RN.