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Rebecca Stagg

Winter Ben Nevis Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In March I'll be climbing Ben Nevis for [url=https://villageafrica.org.uk][b]Village Africa[/b],[/url] a charity based in Yamba, in the West Usambara Mountains of north Tanzania. Amongst the numerous activities it runs, Village Africa supports local people to [b]access health and education[/b], in a part of East Africa where resources and services are still very basic. [/p][p]One of the key services Village Africa runs for the community is a [b]life-saving ambulance service[/b] (it's the car you can see in the photos below). It is a 3 hour drive in a four-wheel drive vehicle on rough terrain to the nearest hospital and most people don't have access to a car. VA's free ambulance services covers Yamba, Milingano and Makanya (a population of 7,000 people) and delivers approximately 50 people to hospital every year that may otherwise have not made it. [/p][p]Other projects the charity runs include [b]assisting 4 primary schools [/b](Yamba, Milingano, Kwembalazi and Kweulasi)[b] and 1 secondary school[/b] (Mibukwe) with building classrooms and school toilets and providing water tanks, desks, books, cupboards, sports equipment and school stationery as funds permit. VA has also been running a successful [b]child sponsorship programme[/b] for several years, helping to pay for children's education who could otherwise not afford to stay in school,[/p][p]Locally Village Africa is known by the Kisambaa name ‘Vyaadahikana’ which means ‘It is possible’.[/p][p]When I was 18 I volunteered with Village Africa, as an English language teacher in the primary school in Yamba. Those of you who know me well know what an impact my time volunteering with VA had on my outlook on life, and I still think of it as one of the best decisions I ever made.[/p][p]Despite working in fundraising and being involved in voluntary work over the years since leaving school, I've never actually done a fundraising event! This is my first attempt at getting you lot to give me some money to do a thing! I, but more importantly, the people of Yamba and Milingano, would greatly appreciate any donation you can make. I am aiming to raise at least £750. [/p][p]The challenge itself is a [b]trek up Ben Nevis in the snow [/b](!), which is incidentally as high above sea level as Yamba is! I'll keep the training progress (which will mostly be consisting of me running around London at this rate), updated on this page and hope to share some photos of the challenge, too.[/p][p]Do take a look at [url=https://villageafrica.org.uk]VA's website[/url] to find out more about the extensive and brilliant work they do. [/p][p]Thanks everyone, and here's to a brighter 2021.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

12 Mar 2021


Jan 8, 2021

Sophie Gledhill

Awesome, Bec! Will be cheering you on! Xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jan 8, 2021


Go Bec! I remember how fond of your life-changing trip to Tanzania you were! I also remember me talking to you from a phone box from there as that was the only way we could talk! How times have changed! Such special memories for you! Love you loads xxx

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