Wroxham quiz night will help children’s education in Uganda

A charity quiz night is being organised to help raise funds for children in one of the world's poorest countries, Uganda.

It is part of a plan from a group of youngsters in the Wroxham area to raise �3,000 for a new school building in the village of Magogo.

This will allow for two classrooms, a covered outside learning area and a small office to be built.

The village is around one hour away from the Ugandan capital of Kampala, in the equatorial central African country.

The quiz night is being held at Wroxham Church Hall, on Norwich Road, at 6pm on Saturday, September 17, in aid of The Magogo Foundation, which the group are using to support Magogo Infant School.

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Joanna McGilvray, 19, is organising the quiz night after her friends – mainly from Broadland High School – joined her on a gap year in Uganda, where her family is living due to her father's job in the oil industry.

She explained: 'My dad's driver is called Godfrey and his wife is the headteacher at the school, so I started volunteering there and a load of my friends came out there as well [pictured].

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'It is very poor there and they get very basic education, nearly all the people make their money from farming and there is a lot of poverty.

'Their clothes are very ragged, some of them don't have proper clothes.

'It costs 7,000 shillings in school fees every year, which is the equivalent of about �1.50, but some of them still have to pay that in instalments.'

After a getting a look at the poverty the children live in, the group have decided to do what they can to raise money for the school, which was badly damaged by storms last year.

Joanna, who is preparing to start studying English and German literature at Warwick University, is hoping to raise a couple of hundred pounds through the quiz night, to get the fundraising going.

She added: 'They all love their school and talking to the teachers, they really care and want to give something to the kids, so they have a quite positive attitude about their education.'

Are you organising a charity event? Call Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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