The Foundation would like to sincerely thank Sandip Vaghela for his wonderful support for The Foundation. Sandip and his family tragically lost their little girl named Freya, in March of this year, to DIPG. Freya was nearly 3 years old and bravely fought her illness for 4 months after a diagnosis in September 2013. In the past few months, Sandip has already raised nearly £10,000 for The Foundation, in Freya’s memory. To learn more please click on the following link http://www.justgiving.com/Freya-Vaghela.
We would also like to thank Tom Woodward for recently completing the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon on the 13th April to raise funds for The Lyla Nsouli Foundation. Tom ran the London Marathon in memory of Freya Vaghela.
Finally, a sincere thank you to Remko Hilhorst for taking part in the Marcialonga, a 70km cross-country ski marathon in Italy. Remko undertook this great physical challenge to raise funds for The Lyla Nsouli Foundation and we are very grateful for his efforts and the contribution to the Foundation.
Save The Date
The Foundation is pleased to announce that our 3rd annual Halloween event, "Wishes & Witches" 2014 will be held on Sunday 12th October 2014. We will send out an email invitation closer to the date to advise on how to purchase tickets.
An Afternoon with The Gruffalo, with special guest Axel Scheffler
We very recently held a small fundraising event at The Electric Cinema – 'An Afternoon with the Gruffalo' on the 24th of April. Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of the world famous storybook The Gruffalo (now it’s 15th year since publication and translated into more than 40 languages) was a special guest at the event, which also featured a screening of The Gruffalo short film. He showed enormous generosity donating some of his incredible illustrations to help raise money for The Foundation. The afternoon was a wonderful, interactive and informal event where the children and guests were allowed to meet and chat with The Gruffalo himself and ask Axel questions about his illustrations while watching him draw.
Some images of the event can be viewed here
We would like to extend our thanks to Konditor & Cook, Lottie’s Bakery and Partridge’s for so kindly donating cakes and beverages for the event. Also a special thank you to Sharkey and George, and “George” the children’s entertainer for their continued support.
Thank you to Nicolas Tamari
We would like congratulate Nicolas Tamari for completing the NYC 2013 Marathon and raising $35,000 for the Foundation (http://www.justgiving.com/NicolasTamari).
Thank you to Maree Harris in New Zealand for organizing the Pink Butterby Day:
Maree looked after Lyla on some of our family holidays and has now moved back to teach in her native New Zealand. She organised a Pink Butterfly Day at her school and raised funds for the Foundation by selling baked goods, face painting, etc.
Please click here for a few pictures of the event and here, to read some of the letters that the children sent us
Thank you Maree for raising awareness of this disease and keeping Lyla's memory alive.
The Pink Butterfly Benefit
The Foundation inaugural gala event, "The Pink Butterfly Benefit", held on June 12th 2013 was a phenomenal success.
Click here to watch the film shown at the Benefit
Click here to see Simone Nsouli’s speech at the Benefit
Click here for a few pictures of the event Click here for a few pictures of the event
Wishes and Witches Halloween Event (October 13th 2013)
The Foundation is delighted to be holding its second halloween event, "Wishes and Witches", a carnival of Halloween fun for the family, October 13th, 2012 from 2-6pm, at One Mayfair, 13a North Audley Street.
For tickets please click the following link: buytickets.at/lylansoulifoundation
Thanks to The KX Kayakers
The Foundation would like to thank the amazing KX Kayakers (http://www.thekxkayakers.co.uk/) for their valiant effort on behalf of the Foundation. The KX Kayakers are undertaking a 9 week, 800 mile-long expedition across the Caribbean from Grenada to Puerto Rico – in tandem sea kayaks. In the process, they aim to be the youngest team ever to have travelled this route in a kayak. Relying on human power alone and paddling unsupported, it is an extremely challenging journey. The KX Kayakers aim to cover a distance larger than the Dover-Calais stretch every other day. With many stints being over 30 miles long, the team are often be kayaking for over 12 hours non-stop, sometimes through the night. The longest stint (80 miles) will involve kayaking for over 30 hours straight. The whole expedition will be an enormous test of mental strength, physical endurance and character.
The Pink Butterfly Benefit
The Foundation is delighted to be holding its inaugural gala event, "The Pink Butterfly Benefit", on June 12th 2013. The event will be by invitation only.
Wishes and Witches Halloween Event (October 14th 2012)
The Foundation is delighted to be holding its inaugural event, "Wishes and Witches", a carnival of Halloween fun for the family, October 14th, 2012 from 3-6pm, at One Mayfair, 13a North Audley Street.
The Foundation would like to extend its sincere thanks to the sponsors and contributors to "Wishes and Witches". Please click on the following link: http://www.souvez.com/1/LNF/thankyou.html
Fighting in The European Open No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships
Nadim M Nsouli is fighting in London on October 20th-21st
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Dina Helmy Nsouli is running The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Climbing Mount Whitney in a Day
Rani Ali Ahmad is planning to climb the highest peak in North America in one day
Climb Kilimanjaro Machame Route Challenge (18th-27th October 2012)
Carlos Andrade, Lina Al Sharif and Lotta Strombom are undertaking to climb Kilimanjaro on behalf of the Foundation
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Marwa Elborai is running The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
2012 Climb for Cancer Challenge Mt. Elbrus-Russia (20th August 2012)
Nizar Fakhouri and the Climb for Cancer team are undertaking to climb Mt. Elbrus in Russia on behalf of the Foundation
Bike Ride London to Paris (June 21st 2012)
Frances Ball and Victoria Whitlock are doing a bike ride from London to Paris on behalf of the Foundation
Run for The Lyla Nsouli Foundation (13th June 2012)
Simone Nsouli, Lisa El-Khoury, Rima Jabre, Dana Jabre, Lorna Mourad, Celine Khoury Faker, Hania Farrell, Maia Farrell, Ghazwa Abu Saoud, and Sara Faber are participating in a 5K run in London on behalf of the Foundation
Zoe Cowan Fundraising (2012)
Zoe Cowan who looked after Lyla and Zeyd for about a year is fundraising in Australia on behalf of the Foundation
Tory Burch London (17th May 2012)
A sale on behalf of the Foundation was held at the Tory Burch London store www.toryburch.co.uk
Little BU kindly provided manicures for girls at the event www.iluvlittlebu.com
GIOIA Jewellery New York (1st-3rd May 2012)
Adele Lakhdari and Rafaela Amini organized a 2 day jewellery sale event in New York on behalf of the Foundation
100KM London to Brighton (May 12th 2012)
Gareth and Jules Garner walked 100KM from London to Brighton on behalf of the Foundation
London Marathon (April 22nd 2012)
Camilla Campbell-Stanway completed the London Marathon on behalf of the Foundation