School gets ready for African aid mission
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@ sbrcentre.co.uk or Scott Montagu at Scottmonty1001@hotmail.com
Helping hands A previous Duncanrig charity mission
Doing their bit This pupil gets to work