Mother Africa Trust

CYA Conference is proud to support literacy in Zimbabwe through the The Mother Africa Trust. We are raising money to:

1. Send a container of books and school supplies to The Mother Africa Trust in Zimbabwe.(Date TBA)

2. Take a delegate of Australian authors and illustrators to Bulawayo, to donate their teaching time to inspire literacy (Date TBA)

Ebay auctions already held

Best selling author Tony Park - donated to the cause: Your name as a character in Tony Park’s next book - this was bough by an undisclosed buyer who gave this gift as a Christmas present.

Thank you so much Tony! 


Arbonne Hamper - donated by Tania McMurtrie was bought by a lady in the Brisbane area. 

Thank you so much Tania!


Also donated but yet to be put on ebay/auctioned off (will happen later in 2014):

Rebecca Newman, who is the Editor, Alphabet Soup magazine, donated  1-year subscriptions to Alphabet Soup magazine, (it's a quarterly magazine, so the prize includes 4 issues per subscription). 

Helen Shadforth - donated signed prints of Poss and Wom 

A few details about the Perth Dinner 6 December 2012

Nineteen of us got together at  Zebras African Steak House,  Bicton, Perth,  Thank you to Jerrald Swindells who owns this restaurant, for your faith in humanity and constant support of people in Africa, especially in Zimbabwe. 

The guest speakers were:

Best selling author Tony Park - And we had the Perth Launch of Dark Heart. 

Sharon Stead from The Mother Africa Trust, in Zimbabwe showed us a fabulous video of the work that the trust does, both in education and conservation.

Sharon Stead (Left hand side) 

Sold on the night:

Tony Park donated the profit proceeds from his books sold on the night.

Caroline Tuohey  donated one tea towel and carry bag that had an original children’s poem printed on them.

Rebecca Newman, who is the Editor, Alphabet Soup magazine, donated  1-year subscriptions to Alphabet Soup magazine, (it's a quarterly magazine, so the prize includes 4 issues per subscription). Everyone who attended the dinner also received a free back issue of this magazine to take home, look at and hopefully subscribe to…

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated time, energy and tangible items!

Special thank you's:


Sharon Stead who was visiting from Zimbabwe, and took time out from her family for this function. 

Macmillan Publishers, Australia for their support. 

Anita Bell, who helped spread the word of the auctions on Facebook and twitter for us.

Nikki Logan, who without having on the ground before hand, I would have been lost.

A fabulous night….Sharon Stead, Tina Marie Clark and Tony Park.

About The Mother Africa Trust:

Web site:

Mission Statement:

"…The Mother Africa organisation believes that one person can make a difference.  Like nature herself, change will be a gradual process.  But we are confident, with care and nurturing, this might be the first time an organisation has actually changed the face of this resilient country in a gradual and quiet way – just like the very nature of Africa herself…

Siabonga (thank you)"

Extracts from The Mother Africa Trust Facebook Page:

This is a true life extraction from the Mother Africa Trust Facebook page from Darlington Tshuma, a graduate of  Cyrene High School who has gone on to University now, because of the help from the Trust.

The Dete Old Age home receiving monthly rations:

Haven, the home for abused women and children receive a stove ( With Paul Hubbard from The Mother Africa Trust)


"26 September 2011 - Last week donated 9 Wheelchairs to disabled children at KGV1. Follow us out to Camp Amalinda this weekend for the Fun Day where we will be donating a further 10 chairs to recipients in the Matobo Hills."

If you have anything you would like to discuss about The Mother Africa Project please don't hesitate to contact Tina on : 


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