Sporting students from a Lancashire university are swapping their traditional classrooms for the wilds of Africa.
Carly Brown, Jessica Leigh, Hayley Perks, Claudia Rigsby and Jodie Talbot will be running PE and English lessons in schools, as well as spending time in the charity’s medical clinic, children’s homes and farm school in Masaka.
Most of the time they will be working with members of the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, a group of youngsters selected from the charity’s schools, who have performed several times at the university’s arts centre and have strong links to the university.
The girls have to raise £1,000 each for the trip and have been organising a host of events from packing bags in supermarkets to hosting charity curry nights.
Jessica said: “We want to raise money before we go so that, if we see something that needs fixing, or a home without a mattress or a mosquito net, we have the funds to help immediately.
“We are very fortunate to have some great local support. It will be good to put some of the things we’ve learned on our course into practice in a completely different context – and we’re looking forward to bringing ideas for sports and games back from Africa to share with the children we work with in the UK.”
Senior lecturers Angela Hepworth said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to go to a developing country and make a difference to the lives of young children, teaching them and involving them in sport.
“We hope they will impress our colleagues at the Paul and Molly Childcare Foundation, and be the first of many Edge Hill student groups to have his wonderful experience in Uganda.”
The trip is being organised by Student Union’s marketing officer, Becs Brocken who has volunteered with the Children’s Choir for the past five years and is a trustee of the UK charity Pearl of Africa Childcare.
She said:“We’re asking people to donate £3. It’s only a small amount but it would provide a child in Uganda with a cup of porridge every school day for a year.”
If you would like to make a donation, text THKS80 £3 to 70070 or visit the students’ fundraising page at: justgiving.com/foodforayear.
All money raised through this page will go directly to help children in Uganda.
The girls are also after old football shirts (any team, adult or child) to take to the children and staff in the Children’s Village.
They can be left at the Students’ Union or with Angela Hepworth in the sports department.