Date: Monday 04 August 2014
We are supporting a group of students from Martley, Worcestershire, who are taking part in a World Challenge expedition to Tanzania.
A dozen 15 and 16-year-olds from The Chantry School in Martley left for Dar es Salaam on 19th July and during their expedition will be working as volunteers at Mgugu Primary School near Iringa as well as trekking and going on a safari.
We donated £400 towards the group’s joint fund, part of which the students hope to donate to the Tanzanian school.
Teacher Neesha Taylor is accompanying the students along with colleague Jacqui Wallis. She said: “We’re very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their donation towards this trip, which is very much an expedition, not a holiday.
“Each of the students has had to raise £3,500 to take part and on top of this we have collected money for a group fund, which will hopefully pay for a second day’s safari, as well as enabling the students to make a donation to Mgugu Primary School, either for equipment such as books or pencils or towards its re-building project.
“The school has 300 pupils who are taught 50 to a class and needs new kitchen facilities and a new roof. We’ll see what our students are needed to do when we get there, but it’s likely they’ll be involved in the re-building work or teaching.”
The students have spent the past two years fundraising towards the expedition, with activities such as bag packing, selling ice pops, making bracelets and organising jumble sales and cake sales.
Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build, so we were only too pleased to offer our support to the World Challenge expedition that students from The Chantry School are embarking upon.
“Projects such as this provide fantastic experiences for young people, as well as helping those in poorer countries, and we wish all the students the very best for a successful trip.”
We are building new homes at The Hopyard at Martley.