Safari on the South Downs

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STRIDING through stunning countryside could help save lives in Africa.

The South Downs Safari rambles are organised by the Portsmouth Oxfam Action Group to support water and health projects in West Africa.

The first is on Sunday and starts at Stansted Country Park, near Rowlands Castle at 10am.

The six-mile walk takes in Stansted Park, Old Idsworth and Finchdean. There will also be the option of a four-mile walk.

On Sunday, October 7, there will be the choice of seven and 12-mile walks starting from the National Trust car park at Harting Down.

Organiser Owen Plunkett said: ‘Some of our Oxfam group members visited the depot in Bicester where emergency supplies are dispatched to needy areas, such as West Africa.

‘They saw an impressive array of items such as water tanks, latrines and shelters all ready for assembly. The depot is run by just eight people and now also provides a service for other NGOs.’

Participants on the walks are asked to collect sponsorship or make donations. Get sponsorship forms by going to SouthDownsSafari.webs.com or emailing owen.plunkett@talktalk.net or calling (023) 9225 4959.