Young people from The Square Youth CafÃ© in Hailsham are set to embark on an eleven-day trip to Uganda this year to take part in a life-changing volunteer experience and are appealing for donations for the Quicken Trust project.
12 young people and youth work volunteers will fly out to the isolated village of Kabubbu in Uganda on 21st October this year to get involved in a building project, agricultural development and helping families within the community.
The Square Youth CafÃ©, owned and operated by Hailsham Town Council, has a long term relationship with the Quicken Trust, a Sussex-based charity which aims to transform the lives of people living in poverty in Kabubbu in terms of healthcare, nutrition, education, welfare and sustainable work projects. The Quicken Trust works in partnership with a range of organisations around the UK and worldwide to achieve this goal.
Young people from ‘The Square’ and Friday Night Project have visited Kabbubu several times in the past, where they have built a house for a family in need, and cleaned, painted and participated in arts and crafts sessions.
Recent fundraising activities include a chest and back wax for members of Town Council staff and two parents by Beautyworks in Hailsham raising just over £500, in addition to two supermarket bag packs at which a total of around £1,000 was raised.
Vicky Reynolds, a volunteer worker who will be flying out to Uganda with the young people in October, generated over £1,000 for the project through sponsorship, having run in the London Marathon last month.
Hellingly Primary School pupils raised around £300 towards the project by holding various cake sales and stalls.
Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman said the trip will be a good opportunity for young people to learn more about people in Kabubbu and their plight. He said: “A wonderful development exercise for all of us, I’m sure the youngsters who will visit Uganda next year will discover the extent to which the standard of living is so different there to anything that our young people have experienced at home. I’m sure the trip will be a life-changing experience for all those involved.”
“We must remember that the inhabitants of Kabubbu are ordinary people who have suffered as a result of sickness and poverty. I’m proud that the Town Council’s youth project team and young people are standing by them and supporting them through engaging in such community projects. They are certainly making a huge difference to their lives in the long term.”
Youth Project Coordinator Andy Joyes said: “Raising funds for the Quicken Trust is something that the whole community can get involved in, not just those working on development projects in Kabubbu and organising fundraising activities.”
“Therefore we hope people will give generously and donate money via our JustGiving page to help these young people who will be giving up their time and working hard to raise money for life-changing community projects in Kabubbu.”
“It will be a challenge for us when we fly out there in October 2016 but our team spirit is high and we’re confident that we will help the Quicken Trust achieve their fundraising targets with your help.”
To make a donation to the Square Youth Cafe’s Kabubbu fund, please visit www.justgiving.com/kabubbu2016/ Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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