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Fish and Chip fundraiser raises £1000

Monday 8th January 2018

We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down to Marino Fish Bar Maidstone today. We couldn't have done this fundraising without Donda (the manager) and all his lovely staff who also generously donated their Christmas tips to the Matt Carapiet Charitable Trust. Thank you all for your support. 

Dished cooked by staff members

Culinary cooking fundraiser

16th November 2017

Matt's father organised a wonderful charity lunch at his office last week. He, along with two other members of staff, prepared a delicious selection of culinary delights for their colleagues to enjoy. The dishes were themed from around the world including Armenia, India, Afghanistan and Iraq. 
The lunch was a huge success and we managed to raise £350! Thank you to everyone who donated and we hope you enjoyed the food.
With this money, we are paying the school fees for two orphaned boys in Cambodia.


Remembering Matt, two years on

25 April 2017

Today marks 2 and a half years since the earthquake in Nepal. Members of Matt's family are in Jersey and today lit a candle at this pretty little Fishermans Chapel overlooking St Brelade Bay in remembrance of him ❤


Children enjoying new playing field

1st October 2017

Here's a video clip from Self Help Community Centre school in Cambodia where the students are practising for a Futsal tournament! 

They are using a playing field that your donations - through Marino Fish Bar Maidstone - has helped to build. The land has been raised and drainage installed so the field can be used all year round, even during the monsoon season. 

A huge thank you to everyone for the £400 recently raised from the counter box at Marino's too - we are so grateful for everyone's continued support.


Award for architect student

23rd July 2017

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the second annual Matt Carapiet Award for Humanitarian Architecture at Nottingham University is final year architecture student Nefeli Kouroushi. The judging panel, which includes Matt's father Greg, some of Matt's friends and last year's winner Jessie St Clair, thought Nefeli's project for a women's refuge was inspiring. She was presented with her award by Greg and his sister Denise at a ceremony on June 22. She won a £300 prize and a copy of a forthcoming book based on Matt's photography and journals. She will also join next year's judging panel. Well done Nefeli!


Walking for charity

22nd May 2017

We’d like to send huge congratulations to Nimmi and Pammi Channa who’ve raised over £1000 for the Matt Carapiet Charitable Trust by completing the Portuguese Camino walk. They walked 120km in 6 days! Sending a BIG thank you and well done.


Rotary Club presentation

8th May 2017

Today members of Matt's family were kindly invited to a charity lunch at the Inner Wheel Club of Maidstone in aid of the Matt Carapiet Charitable Trust. We would like to thank the club for having us, for the lovely lunch and for the generous donations towards our charity.
Here's a photo of Matt's dad giving a talk about past and future fundraising projects and recent trip to Nepal. Rotary Club of Maidstone


First winner of the Matt Carapiet Award for Humanitarian Architecture Award

8th May 2017

Last year the University of Nottingham held the first competition for the Matt Carapiet Award for Humanitarian Architecture. The first winner was Jessie St Clair for her entry entitled ‘Alzheimer’s Respite’. The project dealt with issues faced by people suffering with the age-related illness of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and presented ways of helping not only the patient but also their family and the carers, in a well-considered, holistic environment. All five judges – comprising Matt’s uni friends and his father Greg – were unanimous in their choice, and were particularly impressed with the good use of freehand drawings and paintings in the entry. The award was presented by Greg and his sister Denise (award sponsor) at the University of Nottingham on 16th June, 2016. Jessie won £300, a certificate and the offer to be a judge for this year’s competition. Entries for the 2017 award will be submitted by University of Nottingham students by early June.


£2000 raised at  fish and chip charity fundraiser

Tuesday 1st November

Thank you to everyone who came to Marino's for their anniversary fundraising event; your support and kind donations have made all the difference and we are overwhelmed with the incredible amount which was raised which totalled more than £2000!
We are truly touched that Marino's chose to donate proceeds from their fundraising event to the Matt Carapiet Charitable trust. We'd like to send a huge thank you to Donda, his family and all the staff at Marino's for making this happen and for all their hard work. 

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