Birthday Fundraising Project 2005

Ken-Friends Ornament
  In 2005 the Ken-Friends fundraising activity paid hommage to the 10th anniversary of the release of Kenneth Branagh's film In the Bleak Midwinter/A Midwinter's Tale. The design and production of this ornament allowed us to send $3220 US to Ulster Association of Youth Drama in Northern Ireland, which will distribute the money this spring to winners of the 2005 Ken-Friends bursaries (scholarships) for theatrical training, to take place in summer 2006.

Here is Kenneth Branagh's thank-you note:

Thank-you so much to everyone who contributed to this year's extraordinary display of generosity.

As always, I was astonished and moved. I have never, nor will I ever, expect this to be an annual event, so the cumulative amount that has helped so many people and projects over the years really is staggering.

I also wanted to say an especial thank you for the brilliantly imaginative book.

I hope this coming year to in some way repay a little of the faith and generosity you have all shown towards me. Specifically, by getting on the road to promote "As You Like It" - release date unknown at present - and believe me if and when I do, I shall be visiting and walking in some of those extraordinary places you have now introduced me to. I had a hugely enjoyable time with the book, to which I will return regularly. Thank-you again for the amazing efforts behind it. They are deeply appreciated.

Let me wish you all a very happy holiday period, and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

Your support for my work will be an ongoing inspiration as we tackle the excitement and challenge of shooting "The Magic Flute", and delivering the almost complete "As You Like It".

I hope they both give you pleasure.

Thanks again Ken Friends,

From your friend,

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