Africa volunteers appeal for funding

AFRICAN ADVENTURE: Amy Kibble and Kasey Wolstenholme (S)
AFRICAN ADVENTURE: Amy Kibble and Kasey Wolstenholme (S)
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Two friends have launched a fund-raising drive as they plan an African adventure of a lifetime to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Kind-hearted duo Amy Kibble and Kasey Wolstenholme, both 16, are seeking the help of the local community in raising enough to get them to St Lucia as part of an African Impact project.

The pair, who met at Nelson and Colne College, need £2,000 each to embark on the two-week trip on August 23rd, which would see them offering help to vulnerable adults, children and orphans.

Their projects would include teaching basic life skills to children, providing them with an education and helping adults to stay healthy and look after their youngsters.

They will also be helping at HIV and mothering groups, and will be helping to grow crops and build houses.

Kasey, from Colne, who is studying Psychology, Sociology, English Literature, and Biology, said: “We are nervous and overwhelmed - it is such an amazing opportunity. Our family and friends are really excited and are helping us as much as they can in raising money.

“We have never been to Africa and seen it for ourselves, we have only ever seen it through the media.”

And former Park High School student Amy, from Trawden, who is studying Law, Creative Writing, Geography and Psychology, added: “I am really excited, but I am nervous as well. We feel privileged to get the chance to help other people, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Amy and Kasey’s first fund-raiser will take place on Tuesday at 5pm in Barrowford’s Bombay Lounge.

Those attending the event will be able to purchase a three-course meal for £15, £6 of which will go towards the volunteering fund.

The pair, both keen adventurers, need to raise the funds by the end of June.

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They will be keeping people up-to-date on their journey by blogging on their profile.