A MOORLANDS student is embarking on a volunteering trip to South Africa this year. Joe Bailey, aged 16 of Dilhorne, will be travelling to Zambia in the summer to help build eco-shelters and also teach maths to South African children. Joe is taking the trip as part of the organisation 'African Impact', which is based in South Africa. He will be travelling out on June 30 and returning on July 15.
He said: “I am embarking on this trip mainly because I know how lucky I am to have the best family and friends anyone could ask for.
“I live in a nice warm house with so little to worry about, whilst in Africa one in three people are undernourished. It is so unfair.
“So I am going to Africa to try my best to help them out wherever I can and I promise I will work my socks off – and not just because the no-sock look is trendy, but also because I’m hoping to get some sign from it from ‘up above’ that that’s what I want to do as a career, or something similar.
“I’m not exactly sure what I want to do in the future, possibly engineering or a medical route, but I am certain that I want to do a job that does some good and helps people.”
Joe attends Blythe Bridge Sixth Form where he is currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design & Technology.
He said that he is looking forward to helping the less-fortunate in Zambia. He said: “I really think I can do some good work there.
“While there, I will be building eco shelters by using plastic bottles to make sustainable structures like pigsties, seating for the local school and an ablution block for disabled members of the community.
“And in the afternoons, when it is too hot to work outside, I’ll be helping to teach maths at a maths club for children who will really benefit from some extra help in this area.
“I’m feeling incredibly excited for the trip and a little terrified as I won’t know anybody there, but that definitely adds to the excitement factor.”
In order to take part in the kind-hearted trip to Zambia, Joe needs to raise at least £1,600 for which he is now hosting a number of fund-raising initiatives – including a Ceilidh next month.
He said: “I need to raise £1,600 to pay for the costs of the flights and the organisation fees and also money on top of that to cover visas and vaccinations.
“So far we have raised £600 thanks to some very generous people and my substantially skinnier piggy bank.
“We are currently organising a Ceilidh but I have also planned to go on a car washing blitz, arrange some cake sales and, if we don’t reach the goal, then I’ll be forced to hire my little brother out as a chimney sweep again!”
Joe’s Ceilidh/Barn Dance, which will include live music and a bar, will take place at Dilhorne Village Hall on Saturday, March 30.
It will start at 7.15pm and tickets, which will include a Pie and Pea supper, are priced at £10 each and are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. People who wish to donate to Joe’s cause can also contact him by his email address.
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