THE RHODESIA NATIVE REGIMENT and RHODESIAN AFRICAN RIFLES
Through the hard work of a number of people, and the generosity of many donors, the construction of the Memorial has commenced. The Memorial, depicting the wall and tower of the Zimbabwe Ruins, is sited next to the BSA Police memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Below is a photograph taken during construction, which commenced on 7 May, with photograph of the Brass Regimental Badges, that will be affixed to the tower.
The unveiling and Dedication Ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday 19th July 2015. The main Address will be by Lord Salisbury, President of the Rhodesian African Rifles Association. Over two hundred former members of the Regiment, their families and guests, are expected to attend with a number of relatives of those who gave their lives. In this regard it was of vital importance to have former soldiers of the Regiment attend the Ceremony. Arrangements were made to bring four soldiers from Zimbabwe, two of whom served in Malaya, and funds were available to do this.
Recently we have been faced with some unforeseen expenses. We are now bringing over six soldiers from Zimbabwe. Extra funds are needed to cover the costs of the airfares and accommodation of the two additional soldiers.
In additional the Trustees of the National Memorial Arboretum felt there was a need for an additional engraved plaque. This plaque is to explain the significance and history of the two Regiments, to which we have agreed. Although should the need arise, a loan has been arranged to cover these additional expenses, we are therefore seeking some further donations to cover all the costs, hopefully without needing the loan. Listed below is a detailed summary of all the donation procedures that are available.”
”HOW TO DONATE TO THE RAR MEMORIAL FUND”
Following our telephone call this morning regarding your costs, please encourage EVERYONE involved in raising Funds for the Memorial, to use the following procedures, and to splash it proudly all over the Facebook groups:
1. Please DO NOT USE DIRECT BANK TRANSFER – no Gift-Aid can be claimed with direct bank transfer, and it is very difficult to track. We will not give out RAA Bank account details for this.
2. Please USE PAYPAL (no personal PayPal account is necessary to do so – only a valid credit / debit card). This applies mostly outside the UK, but it can be used within the UK if the donor does not wish to use a cheque or Postal Order.
a. Overseas donors and UK non-taxpayer Donors use this link –http://rhodesianforces.org/ArmyShop.htm#DONout – and click the RAAMT Memorial RAR BUTTON, then follow the procedure.
b. UK tax-payer Donors use this link –
http://rhodesianforces.org/ArmyShop.htm#DONGA – and click the RAAMT memorial RAR (Gift Aided) BUTTON, then follow the procedure.
3. To USE A STERLING CHEQUE / POSTAL ORDER, and send your donation with the COMPLETED Form attached to this email to the address on the bottom of the Form – NOT TO THE RAR BANK ACCOUNT. When paying by Cheque / PO, Gift-Aid MUST be certified via the completed name and address plus the Donation section on the Form.
Sadly any deviation away from this procedure will incur unnecessary loss of RAR income – in the case of PayPal, AT LEAST 2% (RAR 5.5% RAA 2.8%) of any international donation, and in the case of any UK donation, up to 20% because Gift-Aid is NOT AVAILABLE through the RAR Bank Account.
Even more sadly the use of the RAR PayPal account should be strongly discouraged because it carries substantially higher fees than the RAA PayPal account.
Please DO test the links for yourself when you are next online, and you will see the RAA Donation boxes, giving the donor a choice between donating to the RAR Memorial Fund or to the RAA General Fund.
Very many thanks
Major General M Shute