|Birthday Fundraising Project 2004
Ken-Friends Birthday Mug
In 2004 the Ken-Friends fundraising activity paid hommage to the 15th anniversary of the release of Kenneth Branagh's first film Henry V. The design and production of a mug allowed us to send $4,602 US or £2,480 GBP to Ulster Association of Youth Drama in Northern Ireland, which will distribute the money this spring to winners of the 2004 Ken-Friends bursaries (scholarships) for theatrical training, to take place in summer 2005.
Here is Kenneth Branagh's thank-you note:
To the Ken-Friends,
Some people tell me I'm at an age when I should be ignoring or forgetting
I am thrilled that the Ken-Friends disagree.
Your generosity is quite miraculous and ongoing miracles will be worked
with this incredible sum.
The difference it and you make will create such joy amongst hundreds of
young people in the North of Ireland in the coming year.
Having spent much of the last year in 'development' I hope that this coming
year will offer a little by way of my appreciation in the form of work that
I hope you'll find interesting.
Knowing that there is such a loyal and generous support out there in the
World, is a wonderful spur.
Your kindness continues to inspire, and I hope in my 45th year to create
work that will in some small way repay your great faith.
Have a wonderful festive season and a truly Happy and Peaceful New Year.
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