Funds needed as scouts join forces for Uganda trip

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We are 29 scouts from across West Sussex, joining up to travel to Uganda next August, 2017.

We have 23 young people aged between 15 and 21 and six leaders. Our main reason for this trip is to work on a community project for ten days. We will be working at a rural primary school in Mubende, Uganda.

The school caters for 200+ children and at current does not have a suitable kitchen. Eight poles and sheet iron on top, all open and no preparation surfaces, one cook spends all day cooking the children’s one meal of the day from this half built shack.

The schools water bore hole is not suitable; it is not secure and is not deep enough and so dirty contaminated water comes through, which again is the only source of ‘fresh’ water for these children and the local village.

We want to build a brick structured kitchen with clean preparation surfaces and a safe cooking area as well as re-digging the bore hole so it reaches clean water and secure it to make it safe.

In order to get out there and complete this project, we all need to raise £1,700 each to cover our travel fees.

The project work will cost £7,500+, this also needs to be fundraised by the contingent. Everyone has started their own fundraising with a lot of events going on over the next few months.

Our first main contingent fundraiser ‘CYCLE to UGANDA’ will take place next month at Linear Fitness, Borde Hill Gardens, and at the Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath. It will start at 6pm of Friday September 16 and end at 6pm on Sunday September 18.

If you would like to support or sponsor us we would be eternally grateful. For more information contact uganda2017@homail.com or www.midsussexdistrictscouts.com

The contingencies and scouts taking part include:

n Trident Explorers, Lindfield: Alexander Cray, Bridget Calthrop, Ellie Cawley, Will Tampion-Lacey, Hannah Cawley, Jamie Clack, Joshua Morrison, Liv Martin, Maria Watt, Michael Hill, Niamh Linguard

n Glacier Explorers, Burgess Hill: Oliver Read

n Greensands Explorers, Hassocks: Amy Jerrey, Keiran Berry, Richard Bliss, Mark Hutchinson (leader)

n Trident Explorers, Hurstpierpoint: George Disney, Oli Huggett

n Mid Sussex Explorers: Holly Watson (leader)

n Mid Sussex Network: Sam Mitchell, Emily Willis

n Burgess Hill Beavers: Leanne Penfold (leader)

n Barracudas Explorers, Adur Valley: Kayleigh Parsons, Matthew Thurgar, James Cox (leader), Peter Betts (leader)

n Nomads ESU, Worthing: Aidan Gowing

n Worthing Network: Sam Rippon

n Worthing Beavers: Zoe Chartres - Leader