Advertiser For Africa campaign gathering pace
HOW can snorkelling, star jumping, selling cakes and supporting football teams help children in Africa? As the Advertiser’s charity campaign gathers pace, Sam Blackledge explains how Mole Valley is getting involved.
THE Advertiser for Africa campaign is all about raising money to provide safe play facilities for youngsters in Uganda and Kenya.
Working with East African Playgrounds (EAP), a charity which originated in Brockham five years ago, we are appealing for local sports teams, schools and community groups to help out – and many have already started.
Next month pupils at The Priory School in Dorking will hold a day of fundraising, with all proceeds going to EAP.
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Primary schools and youth clubs across Mole Valley are also getting involved, with donations already in from Belmont School in Holmbury St Mary and Liquid Connection in Leatherhead.
Dorking Snorkel Club will host a "try dive" event, encouraging people to try snorkelling for the first time, at Dorking Sports Centre from 3 to 4.30pm on July 14.
There is a suggested contribution of £5, and all proceeds will go to EAP.
To book your place, call Guy Dubois on 07941 984227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The charity Well.Fare, which supports a school in Uganda, will host an afternoon of cream teas on Saturday at the United Reformed Church in West Street from 3 to 5pm. Meanwhile in Uganda the charity's founders, who spend months in the country each year, have been preparing for their next project.
Posting on the charity's website, Carla Powell wrote: "We arrived in Uganda to see the EAP welding yard buzzing with our eight builders and welders working hard on the six playgrounds for this summer.
"We can hardly move for playgrounds.
"We took a trip to The Ssese Islands and Masaka where our first four projects will be this summer to ensure the community are ready and prepared.
"The amount of people that turned out to the meetings suggest that they have been ready since we last saw them in October 2011.
"We have recruited three sports coaches and an assistant who are busy planning their programme. They are very excited to see all the sports equipment that was donated in England."
To contribute to the campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/advertiserforafrica or get involved in one of the events above.