Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice needs your help to win Direct Debit Big Break competition!

A message below from our parents who are an Ambassador and Family Support Worker for Noah’s Ark. Please help them achieve the 6,000 votes minimum that will hopefully secure them the £2000 fund from Direct Debit Big Break.

Many thanks for helping us spread the word and please get people to actually vote to achieve this goal – even if it takes badgering them a few times! 🙂

Thank you,

Jason & Chiara


Hi Everybody,

If you can  spare a couple of minutes, please vote for Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice as we potentially could get the £2000 towards the hospice.

Thanks for your help,

Gilroy and Linette

We have been nominated to receive up to £2000 from the Direct Debit Big Break, which is decided by a public vote. Please click here to vote for us online. You can also vote by text and please make sure you tell friends and family to vote too!
To vote please visit https://www.directdebit or you can text“BIG BREAK 0351 to 78866
The web address is:
PLEASE NOTE: (Text voting is only available to UK residents and will be charged at your standard message rate. Full details can be found in the terms and conditions.)

Big Break for Charity

Help us donate to your favourite good causes

The good cause with the most votes each month will receive £2,000, then £1,000 for second place and the remaining £2,000 will be divided equally amongst the agreed number of runners up for that month. The number of runners up may vary each month.
The number of votes received to date is shown on the top right hand corner of each logo.
This month there will be 20 runners up.
In the event of a tie the recipient of the donation will be independently selected at random.

How to vote

In order to vote online you will need to be logged in with a valid Facebook, Twitter or Google account. When you vote we will use your email address and IP address for the purpose of ensuring your vote is valid and to prevent multiple votes being logged. We do not access or use your personal information for any other reason.
Or you can vote via text message from your mobile. Text details are available by clicking on your chosen cause’s logo below.
If you prefer, you may vote by post; details of how to do this can be found in the terms and conditions.
More information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions or the terms and conditions.
Click on the logos below to vote for your favourite, or to find out more about the causes. You can vote for as many as you like, but you may only vote once for each. To get the logos:


If you need more information about Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and the amazing work that they do, please see our previous post for a link:


Twitter: @NoahsArkHospice @DirectDebitUK #competition #support #fundraising

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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