Thousands raised to help African school

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PUPILS at a Portsmouth school hosted a special African-themed event to raise funds ahead of a trip to Tanzania to help poverty-stricken communities.

Water relays – with buckets in place of batons – and challenges involving bags of rice, symbolising the shortage of food and water in deprived parts of the world, were some of the sponsored activities that took place at Portsmouth High School.

Year 11 students who are going to the village of Babati have already raised more than £6,000 for materials to decorate a local school.

Fundraising events over the past few months have ranged from African dance sessions and movie nights to cake sales and quizzes.

Student Chandni Patel, 17, said: ‘It is a fantastic opportunity to be going out to Tanzania and seeing how our money will be used.

‘I’m looking forward to working on the project and am sure it will be hard but rewarding work.

‘I like being able to do something practical to help rather than just giving money.’

Priya Patel, 16, added: ‘In England we take education for granted but it is not the same all over the world.

‘In Tanzania an education makes a difference and helps the whole family.’

A final fundraising event will take place at the end of April with four courses of authentic African cuisine served at the Kitsch’n d’or restaurant in Southsea, when students will be waitresses.

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