Stem4

Previous Events

Discovering the World of Rug Design. June 2012

  • Our thanks go to Debbie Blott for generously hosting an interesting evening with rug designer, Tania Johnson. Tania gave an excellent presentation introducing us to the world of custom, contemporary, hand knotted rugs. Tania uses combinations of Himalayan wool, Chinese silk and pashmina  in intricate design all hand-knotted by Artisans in Nepal to exceptional ethical and quality standards. Annie Armitage, a photographer who specialises in Urban teenage photographs also contributed her services to a competition on the night. Debbie generously hosted the event and all proceeds were donated to STEM4, an amazing £541.

Super Dragons at the South Downs Marathon. June 2012

Super Dragons at the South Downs Marathon. June 2012

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  • On Saturday the 9th June, six employees from Diespeker Marble Ltd gathered together to take part in the South Downs half and full marathon. Held on the undulating slopes of the South Downs this is a challenging run. John Krause, Managing Director made this his 79th marathon completing the 26 mile course, with a knee injury in 3 hours 50 mins. Antonio Paolino aged 66 ran his first half marathon completing the course in just over 2 hours. Jose and Bruno also ran their first half marathon and they also organised a ‘Super Dragons’ relay Team, comprising several family members and friends. Andy Brady, factory foreman also ran his first half marathon and Steve completed part of the relay team. You can see a couple more pics of the team on Flickr.
  • “It was a pleasure to run for such a great charity – everyone enjoyed the experience and have already committed themselves for next year, running again for STEM4. Muscles are a bit sore but every single pain was worth it. We are already working on the next marathon (which takes place before the South Downs) and we will continue to support STEM4. Many thanks to the STEM4 team for being there and to cheer us up at the finishing line! Best regards and thank you from the ‘Super Dragons”.Jose Rego

Malta Marathon

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  • Thank you to all of you for your fantastic support! A wonderful but exhausting weekend was had by all walkers, runners, sandwich makers and supporters. The STEM4 team ranged in age from 19 to 78 – with two competitors coming in first in their age group. 
  • Three STEM4 members, the founder Dr Nihara Krause, trustee Anne Martin and design consultant Amanda Berry took part in the half marathon. Two more – Serena Cottrell and Liz Scalzo were there to rally the troops – and keep them well nourished after they crossed the finish line.
  • In true spirit of STEM4, nine runners were under the age of 21. The youngest man to complete the full marathon was Andrew Hadley, who came first in his age category. The youngest to compete in the half marathon were Anna Berry, Lily Krause and Rosie Adkins (all 19). Natasha Krause and Georgina Berry also ran making it five ex Wimbledon High School girls.
  • eugene-1Our thanks to Eugene Cariage who raised over £3000. This was Eugene’s first half marathon which he completed in excellent timing – the achievement made even more worthy by the fact that it was a challenge he set himself after having given up smoking. The picture shown was in Torino, Italy, 2006 “I was asked if I wanted to be a torchbearer and run a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games – it’s my Olympic moment!”
  • Also thanks to Anne Martin, a trustee of STEM4, who raised £2,100 in the half marathon walk. Anne is a lawyer and the whole Martin family have been very involved in their contribution to STEM4.
  • And thanks to John Krause for organising us all (John ran a personal best at 3hours 11 minutes – putting him in the elite runner category) and to his assistant Katerina for sorting out all the administration.
  • As soon as we know how much money you raised, we’ll let you know . . . watch this space. And if you’d like to see the team in action you can see more pics on Flickr.

Carols by Candlelight

  • St Mary’s in Wimbledon Village was the venue for STEM4’s carol concert on 12th December. It was incredibly well attended despite the rain (we had hoped for some seasonal snow!) and, judging from the feedback, it was a great success all round. The Vasari Singers performed a variety of seasonal music, with everyone joining in for some well-known carols. During the interval we enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies (thank you Serena).

Thank you for your support – we raised £3,898

  • We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who made the evening possible: In particular, Coombe Residential who generously sponsored the concert and to Reverend Mary Bide and the Church Wardens for the use of the Church. And to our advertisers: Wimbledon Orthodontics; The New Malden Diagnostics Centre; and BDRC Continental.
  • Also, our thanks to Gemma Malley, the award winning author, for reading so beautifully – and of course to Patsy Preece from STEM4 as well.
  • And to the Vasari Singers for sponsoring the organist and for making the evening so special.
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Clothes Sale raises £440

  • I raised £440 by holding a clothes sale at school. Through a contact of my mother, I was given a large amount of clothing from Topshop. I arranged with school to set up a sale during lunchtime. I had to organise the stock and price the clothes. I advertised the sale at school by designing and printing flyers to give to each class. It was a great success and I am hoping to hold another clothes sale in the future.

Launch party

  • On Wednesday 15th June 2011, the launch party of STEM4 saw over 100 people gather to demonstrate their support and find out more about our exciting initiative. At this very successful event, Dr Nihara Krause outlined the aims and purposes of the charity, Patsy Preece spoke about how we hope to involve schools and Anne Martin explained various ways in which those present might help support the venture. In addition to the three trustees, two young people: Maddy Thimont-Jack and Joe Stone commented on their own experiences in supporting friends faced with different challenges and the need for teenagers to have access to the right kinds of information at the right time.