School gets ready for African aid mis­sion

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Findlay

Staff, pupils and par­ents at Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary are get­ting ready to em­bark on a ma­jor fundrais­ing mis­sion once again.

In Oc­to­ber a group of 16 pupils and four staff will take part in a two-week trip to Uganda.

And they are look­ing to raise £24,000 be­fore they go.

This will be the fifth time the school have taken a group of young peo­ple to the Luwero Com­mu­nity Project in a bid to help some of the world’s most im­pov­er­ished peo­ple.

They carry out a range of tasks, in­clud­ing help­ing the chil­dren in the pri­mary school and car­ry­ing out prac­ti­cal tasks around the vil­lage and on the farm.

Uganda, like many African na­tions, has suf­fered greatly from the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of HIV and many of the young chil­dren who at­tend the com­mu­nity schools have been or­phaned due to the ef­fects of the virus.

The project was started in 2002 by Gabriel Ki­j­jambu, who was com­plet­ing a univer­sity de­gree in Scot­land but wanted to re­turn to the area that he grew up in to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity that had helped him so much.

The Luwero Project was just a well, a school and a small church when it was launched.

There is still no run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity.

How­ever, 15 years later the com­mu­nity com­prises a pri­mary school, sec­ondary school, or­phan­age, clinic, farm and mul­ti­de­nom­i­na­tional church.

This will be the 12th year the school has sup­ported the project through fundrais­ing and the young peo­ple are look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the 6600-mile trip.

But the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, made up of par­ents, are look­ing to raise funds to fi­nance the trip, cover the cost of the 14 in­oc­u­la­tions that each child is re­quired to have and con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to the on­go­ing work in Luwero.

In ad­di­tion to this sum, the par­ents have paid for the travel costs.

The par­ents group have or­gan­ised a num­ber of fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing a race night, quiz night, band night, bag pack­ing and cof­fee morn­ings.

Pupils and par­ents will also be tak­ing part in a cy­cling chal­lenge to cover the dis­tance walked by the Luwero pupils to get to school.

The pupils and par­ents are re­ly­ing on do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide raf­fle prizes for each of the events.

Ste­wart Hurry, who is head­ing up the par­ent group, said: “In ad­di­tion we are hop­ing to or­gan­ise a con­tainer that we can fill with items that the young peo­ple are un­able to take with them.

“This will in­clude school fur­ni­ture, bulk seed for the farm, tinned food­stuffs to pro­vide meals for the or­phans at­tend­ing the school and equip­ment for the farm which pro­vides food but also the chance to raise money at the lo­cal mar­kets by sell­ing sur­plus goods.”

Do­na­tions can be made by cheque, payable to Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary.

For more in­for­ma­tion about ways to get in­volved con­tact Ste­wart at Ste­wart.hurry@ sbr­ or Scott Mon­tagu at Scottmonty1001@hot­

Help­ing hands A pre­vi­ous Dun­can­rig char­ity mis­sion

Do­ing their bit This pupil gets to work

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