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Students challenge to raise money for Ugandan slum trip

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • AID: Volunteers will help schools and families in Uganda where four teachers work with more than 300 children

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STUDENTS at East Kent College are raising funds for a charity trip to Africa.

Young people have joined forces with the Fields of Life charity to work with poor communities in Uganda.

Business tycoon Louis Hurst, a lecturer in the college's Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, visited the charity on a trip with the Institute of Directors. He says the students' visit will be an invaluable learning experience.

Mr Hurst, who runs Whitstable telecom firm Amelix, said: "When you see the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people in the slums, especially the children, it is really inspirational.

"You really appreciate what you have got and how many more opportunities we have.

"As well as the trip itself, the fundraising campaign will be a massive challenge. Every pound counts."

Principal Graham Razey said: "Twenty thousand pounds is an ambitious amount to raise – probably the biggest charity appeal we've been involved with.

"There will be students from a range of courses from nursing, childcare, education and business going out there to help in the schools."

The group has raised almost £5,000 towards the target and is appealing to businesses for sponsorship or prizes to auction.

There will be a special fundraising dinner on Wednesday, February 6 at 6pm at the East Kent College restaurant.

Lots at the auction include tickets to the Brit Awards courtesy of Amelix, a bottle of House of Commons whisky from Sir Roger Gale MP and a Powakady golf trolley.

Tickets to the banquet cost £45 each or £350 for a table of ten.

Firms can get their logos displayed on T-shirts and boards photographed on the trip.

For more details, visit www.eastkent.ac.uk/uganda or donate online at www.justgiving.com/ekcuganda

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