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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A teenage couple need to raise more than £10,000 so they can realise their dreams of working overseas for charities in Africa for a year.
Gina Weston and Matthew Perry are both 18 years old and are fundraising for a year working overseas with the charity Project Trust.
In order to do so, they need to raise £5,600 each and are holding a series of fundraising events.
The two sixth-formers, who are both in their local scout groups and met through scouting, got their fundraising under way by hosting stalls at Dereham and Swaffham’s Christmas lights switch-ons.
They are now drumming up support for their first big event, a quiz night at Beetley Village Hall, near Dereham, on December 14.
Gina, who lives in Dereham, plans to spend her gap year in Malawi teaching English to primary school children, working in orphanages for street children, and feeding centres for people who are homeless and raising awareness of HIV and aids.
The 1st Swaffham Scouts leader, who hopes to forge links between the scouting community in the UK and Malawi, said: “It is not a travel holiday involving ‘voluntourism’. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to immerse ourselves in a completely different culture, share our skills with others and learn a great deal about global citizenship.”
Matthew, who lives in Beetley and is in the 1st Beetley Scouts, will be going to Senegal to teach English and ICT to schoolchildren.
Other fundraising activities the couple have in mind are a Valentine’s dinner dance, summer fair and sponsored walks.
They plan to fly out to Africa in September and will be there for 12 months.
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