Ten lucky schoolchildren have been selected for the opportunity to travel to East Africa to participate in a valuable community work and sports coaching scheme.
The year 10 and 11 youngsters from King Richard School, Paulsgrove, now have to find £895 each to pay for the exciting project in Kenya run by The Community Sports Foundation (TCSF) charity.
The plan for the trip in October is to visit Nakuru, a town in Kenya, where the schoolchildren will run after-school sports events for children of a similar age who do not have access to the facilities we enjoy in the UK.
Julian Wright, community improvement partnership manager, who is helping to co-ordinate the event, said: ‘The students are really excited about the trip but they need to raise enough money to make it happen.
‘The school has heavily subsidised the £1,400 cost for each pupil, and parents have also been digging deep to try to make the difference.
‘But they need support from the community, and will be putting on lots of events to raise money. Donations would be fantastic.’
He added: ‘For many of these children who may not have ventured far from Paulsgrove, it will be a life-changing experience.
‘Seeing a different culture and children their age living in such different circumstances will be inspirational.
‘Some will teach sport, others will help build schools – and everyone will come back having done something to help others.’
TCSF creates sporting schemes that work at improving the wellbeing of children by breaking down barriers such as social exclusion, anti-social behaviour, racism, bullying and gang culture.
Joe Noble, founder of TCSF, said: ‘These pupils are exactly the sort of children the foundation wants to target.
‘Many of them won’t get another opportunity like this in their lifetime.’
Adam Dare, headteacher, added: ‘The trip to Kenya is a great opportunity for our students to experience wider horizons and different people.
‘I envy them this trip, but they will have to work hard out there and the fund-raising to go will also be tough.’
To sponsor the group visit tcsf.org.uk.