Students challenge to raise money for Ugandan slum trip
STUDENTS at East Kent College are raising funds for a charity trip to Africa.
Young people have joined forces with the Fields of Life charity to work with poor communities in Uganda.
Business tycoon Louis Hurst, a lecturer in the college's Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, visited the charity on a trip with the Institute of Directors. He says the students' visit will be an invaluable learning experience.
Mr Hurst, who runs Whitstable telecom firm Amelix, said: "When you see the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people in the slums, especially the children, it is really inspirational.
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"You really appreciate what you have got and how many more opportunities we have.
"As well as the trip itself, the fundraising campaign will be a massive challenge. Every pound counts."
Principal Graham Razey said: "Twenty thousand pounds is an ambitious amount to raise – probably the biggest charity appeal we've been involved with.
"There will be students from a range of courses from nursing, childcare, education and business going out there to help in the schools."
The group has raised almost £5,000 towards the target and is appealing to businesses for sponsorship or prizes to auction.
There will be a special fundraising dinner on Wednesday, February 6 at 6pm at the East Kent College restaurant.
Lots at the auction include tickets to the Brit Awards courtesy of Amelix, a bottle of House of Commons whisky from Sir Roger Gale MP and a Powakady golf trolley.
Tickets to the banquet cost £45 each or £350 for a table of ten.
Firms can get their logos displayed on T-shirts and boards photographed on the trip.
For more details, visit www.eastkent.ac.uk/uganda or donate online at www.justgiving.com/ekcuganda