Students organise zumba for Zambia

The youngsters taking part in the volunteering challenge to Zambia.
The youngsters taking part in the volunteering challenge to Zambia.

A group of Blyth students are preparing to take part in a zumbathon to help raise funds for a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering experience this summer.

The six Bede Academy students will join groups from their sister schools in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation on a working trip to central Africa.

Once there they will provide home-based care to the elderly, work with orphans affected by Aids/HIV and take part in various building projects.

The sixth formers have begun fund-raising towards the trip to Chengelo, in Zambia, in July.

One of the student’s mums, Allison Maughan-Griffin, has organised a sponsored two-hour ‘Zambiathon’ to be held at Bede Academy on Saturday, April 12, from 10am,to raise funds for the trip.

Mrs Maughan-Griffin, whose 16-year-old son Jamie is taking part in the volunteering experience, said: “Every penny raised is vital in ensuring the success of the trip and in delivering the help and support so desperately needed by the people of Chengelo and Mkushi.

“The students will work with a school in Chengelo and the Mkushi community to offer support in homes and an orphanage to those less privileged than themselves.

“Life in Africa is simple and austere with little luxury, and the students will be challenged beyond their comfort zone.”

The trip to Zambia follows a similar expedition which took place involving students last year.

Once there, this year’s group can expect to stay in traditional huts, travel around in the back of an open truck, try the local food including nshima, a staple made from maize flour, and learn some of the local Bemba language.

Tickets for the academy’s Zambiathon fundraising event will be available for £5 on the door.