Volunteer on £1 a day to raise money for char­ity trip to Africa

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A VOLUNTEER is sur­viv­ing on £1 a day for a week to raise money ahead of a char­ity trip.

Ni­cola Win­ter­bot­tom, 23, from Mac­cles­field, will travel to South Africa in Fe­bru­ary with in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion Tear­fund, as part of the gov­ern­ment funded In­ter­na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice (ICS) pro­gramme.

She will work in part­ner­ship with South African vol­un­teers to help chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies af­fected by dis­ease, poverty and in­jus­tice. But be­fore she leaves she must raise £800 for Tear­fund.

Start­ing on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 5 for five days she will be liv­ing on a bud­get of £1 a day for food and drink to raise aware­ness for those liv­ing in ex­treme poverty.

She will be doc­u­ment­ing the five days on her Just­giv­ing page and on so­cial me­dia.

Ni­cola said: “The money raised from my fundrais­ing will help to make sure that the com­mu­ni­ties in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries con­tinue to ben­e­fit from the work of future vol­un­teers, so it’s vi­tal I reach my tar­get. This is my choice to live be­low the poverty line for five days. For 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple this is their ev­ery­day life.”

ICS al­lows young peo­ple to make a con­tri­bu­tion to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment projects in Africa, Asia and Latin Amer­ica.

Ni­cola said: “I’ll be work­ing closely along­side South African vol­un­teers, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence an­other cul­ture and make a dif­fer­ence at the same time. I’m re­ally ex­cited to get out there.”

To sponsor Ni­cola visit just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/NikkiWin­ter­bot­tom or text TFSA89 fol­lowed by the amount to 70070.

To find out more about ICS or to ap­ply visit vol­un­teer­ics.org.

Ni­cola Win­ter­bot­tom is do­ing the ‘Five Pound Food Chal­lenge’ to sup­port a pro­ject that tack­les poverty in South Africa

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