name is Caitlin Kickham, I am sixteen years old and I go to Tonbridge
Grammar School. I am currently fundraising towards a charity trip
to Malawi next summer where we will be helping to improve the lives
of the people living in the community.
Malawi is one of the
poorest countries in the world, with one in eight children dying
before they reach the age of five. Seven out of 10 child deaths
in Malawi are due to preventable causes such as malaria, diarrhoea,
pneumonia and malnutrition. Malaria and pneumonia alone account
for nearly half of those deaths.
We will be working with a charity called Joshua Orphan and Community
Care which is based in Blantyre and helps work to improve the lives
of thousands of children in Malawi. Each of the communities Joshua
works with suffers significant poverty, high rates of HIV/AIDS and
malaria, a lack of clean, piped water and electricity and also very
few health and education facilities.
Whilst in Malawi, we will be staying within the community and living
in the same conditions as the villagers. We will have no electricity
or running water and we will be eating and helping to prepare meals
cooked by the locals. Whilst there we will be helping them to extend
their local school which currently only has two classrooms.
In order to go on this trip I have to raise a minimum of three thousand
pounds. Although this will be challenging if I work hard I think
I will accomplish this. In the last few months I have been doing
a lot of fundraising, from selling cakes and cookies at school to
making and selling tie dye tops. I would greatly appreciate any
donations, and if you are interesting in buying any of my products
I have a face book page called ‘Ckclothing’ (link
at bottom) and I will also be attending the Edenbridge Christmas
Spectacular that is taking place on 30th December 2013 where I will
also be selling lots of Christmas gifts.
main reason why I would like to be involved in this major school
event is because I want to be part of a team that can really make
a difference to those less fortunate. This is an extraordinary school
trip that is likely to be a life changing event. It is a major opportunity
for all of us to broaden our horizons, experience something entirely
different, and help to improve lives. It will give us all a tremendous
insight into a different culture and way of life. The lack of basic
amenities such as electricity and running water will be a real eye-opener
for us all and will make us realise how lucky we are. It will feel
good knowing that we have made a small, but hopefully meaningful
contribution to improving the day-to-day life of those less fortunate.
Email address- firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number- 01732 866048
Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/ckclothing97?ref=hl