Boost for African li­brary

Stu­dent’s fundraiser

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

A STU­DENT from Bucks is rais­ing funds to help build a new li­brary in Ghana.

An­gel­ica Lind­sey-Clark, who is orig­i­nally from Seer Green, is part of a larger group of Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity stu­dents who are hop­ing to Crowd­fund £9,000 for a new build­ing.

The Crowd­fund­ing cam­paign was launched on Mon­day as part of the Somerville Ghana Li­brary Project.

Crowd­fund­ing is a way of rais­ing money for a par­tic­u­lar project, usu­ally on­line, in­volv­ing a large num­ber of peo­ple.

The project was orig­i­nally started in 2003 by stu­dents from Somerville Col­lege, Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity, who set up a li­brary in the Cape Coast called Molly’s Li­brary.

Since then the stu­dents have been fundrais­ing to pay for the main­te­nance, rent and wages for the li­brar­i­ans and have been vis­it­ing al­most ev­ery year.

But at the end of last year the li­brar­ian Molly was told the li­brary was no longer avail­able to rent and had to move to a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion.

Mem­bers of the group are hop­ing enough money is raised that they can build the new li­brary in Ghana, a coun­try where, ac­cord­ing to UNICEF, more than 28 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion aged over 15 is il­lit­er­ate.

Miss Lind­sey-Clark, who is char­i­ties of­fi­cer at Somerville Col­lege, said: “We’re work­ing re­ally hard. I think it’s an amaz­ing project.

“We’re the first Ox­ford col­lege to launch a Crowd­fund­ing plat­form.”

Crowd­fund­ing is not the only way the group are plan­ning to raise the money.

Ac­cord­ing to Miss Lind­sey-Clark, they have been do­ing karaoke, bake sales and ‘any­thing we can do to raise funds’. She added: “I’m re­ally ex­cited about it.” “It would be such a shame if that li­brary ceased to ex­ist af­ter all the stu­dents’ hard work. This is the big­gest project we’ve launched so far.”

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