Brit­tany dreams fur­ther

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ON RE­TURN­ING to Australia af­ter three months in Kenya, 22-year-old Brit­tany Pratt’s life had changed for­ever.

She spent three months last year teach­ing English at the Body of Christ Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Limuru, Kenya.

“I balled my eyes out on my way to the air­port (to come home). I couldn’t just leave there, come home and leave it at that,” she said.

Ms Pratt doesn’t have glam­orous, over­stated goals – she just wants to spon­sor an or­phan­age.

When she re­turned to Australia, she saw her en­tire world dif­fer­ently.

“Peo­ple can be so ma­te­ri­al­is­tic and they are sad when they have ev­ery­thing,” she said.

Ms Pratt set her­self a goal to raise $3000 in three months to send back to the or­phan­age, and was able to do so from do­na­tion tins at Phoenix Bar where she works and through a fundrais­ing web­site she also set up.

Ms Pratt would now like to re-start the cam­paign with a new goal of $10,000.

“$1000 of that money has lasted six months – it’s amaz­ing what you can do and how easy it is to help,” she said.

She also strives to ed­u­cate western­ers on vol­un­teer­ing in third-world coun­tries.

“I think ev­ery­one should give vol­un­teer­ing a go. It is so good for the soul, and you learn and grow so much from it. It taught me that if you have a roof over your head, food on your ta­ble and a healthy fam­ily, you are a lot richer than you think. The peo­ple I met over in Kenya are hands down the rich­est peo­ple I know.”

If you are in­ter­ested in Ms Pratt’s vol­un­teer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, con­tact her at brit­tany.pratt@live.com.

Her fundraiser is at http:// fnd.us/c/a109Bc/sh/c3hCG2.

LIFE-CHANG­ING: Brit­tany Pratt in Kenya.

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