WITH the summer of 2012 just a few months away it seems even more students and young people are filling their holidays giving something back to the community than ever before.
A number of friends have already signed up for various charity events this year and the money raising schemes are in full swing.
James Green, 21, from Emneth, plans to climb to Everest Base Camp in aid of Child Reach UK. Before Christmas, he roped in several friends, including myself, to help him reach his £3,000 target for the climb.
Armed with collection buckets in Downham’s Morrisons store we were overwhelmed with the generosity of the public. In just three days James collected over £1,000, bringing his total raised so far to £2,486.
James is a Politics and Sociology student at the University of Sheffield. Three weeks of his summer holidays will be spent in Nepal completing his climb. The money he raises is going to a charity which helped over 70,000 children with their access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection last year alone. James’ page is: Click HERE
Similarily, Shaun Cuthill, 19, of Downham, plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June. With a group, Shaun will travel to Tanzania to raise money for his chosen charity, Clowns in the Sky, who are dedicated to the research and treatment of children suffering with brain tumours, and supporting their families.
Shaun needs to raise £1,000 to take park, and donations can be made at his Just Giving page: Click HERE
Every year, over 30,000 people take part in the London Marathon. In April, locals Matt Vincent, 20, Southery, and Wayne Abbott, 24, Downham, will be running the 26 miles and 385 yard course in our capital city.
Friends Matt and Wayne have been asked to raise a minimum of £1,500 each for their chosen charity, Muscular Dystrophy. The charity is particularly close to Wayne’s heart with a family member who suffers from the disease, among 70,000 babies, children and adults in the UK.
Matt said: “I hope to complete the marathon in three and half to four hours. I’m training five days a week and hopefully will be able to run 20 miles by the end of March.”
You can donate to the boys at: Click HERE
Tom Bodley, 22, from Downham, is a student at the University of Northumbria. His university project: Zambia Ideals Project (international development, education, and leadership through sport) is a community scheme based in Lusaka which utilises students to work with children and young people.
Through sporting activities they deliver information about HIV and AIDS. Tom is venturing to Zambia with five other students, they hope to raise £14,000 between them.
It’s brilliant to see such willing individuals in our community, both those taking part and those donating. The experiences, although all unique, will be fantastic learning curves for the young charity goers getting involved, but also support worthy causes.
I wish all my friends the best of luck!