Stu­dents to tackle trek on Great Wall of China

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BRUNEL Univer­sity stu­dents hope to raise thou­sands for a chil­dren’s char­ity by trekking the Great Wall of China.

Nearly 50 stu­dents have signed up for three dif­fer­ent chal­lenges: The Great Wall trek, Climb Kil­i­man­jaro and Re­build Nepal to raise money for Chil­dreach In­ter­na­tional.

Sec­ond year stu­dent Laura Kelly, at the Uxbridge cam­pus univer­sity, will take on the Great Wall Trek along­side boyfriend, Josh Con­yard, who also at­tends Brunel.

She said: “We have a fundrais­ing tar­get of £2,895 each with the ma­jor­ity go­ing straight to the char­ity and a small pro­por­tion go­ing to­wards my flights to China. If we’re suc­cess­ful we will be go­ing to China on Au­gust 16 and trekking the wall for eight days.

“We’ll be stay­ing with fam­i­lies in China and some of the money will go to them as they’ll be pro­vid­ing us with hous­ing and food. The rest goes straight to the char­ity and the trek in China is the re­ward for it.”

The sports science stu­dent, from Not­ting Hill, is look­ing for­ward to “the chal­lenge” of fundrais­ing.

She said: “I’ve never done some­thing quite so big and it’s fun to get in­volved in fundrais­ing and plan loads of things.

“To me Chil­dreach In­ter­na­tional is a pow­er­house for the chil­dren. They’re so ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and pro­vid­ing safety.”

18 stu­dents are cur­rently signed up to fundraise for the Great Wall of China chal­lenge, and hope to raise over £52,000.

Ge­or­gia Green, Fundrais­ing As­sis­tant at Chil­dreach In­ter­na­tional, ex­plained where the money will go.

She said: “It will be used on var­i­ous projects we run in coun­tries like Tan­za­nia, Nepal, Brazil, In­dia and the UK.

“One project Chil­dreach In­ter­na­tional are cur­rently work­ing on is re­build­ing class­rooms in Nepal af­ter they were de­stroyed in the earth­quake last year and so far we have opened 10 class­rooms.”

To reach their tar­gets, Laura and Josh have set up their own crowdfunding pages.

See https://my­do­nate.­ers/ lau­rakelly

n CHAR­ITY WALK: Laura Kelly and Josh Con­yard hope to take on the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Chil­dreach In­ter­na­tional

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