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How do you fancying climbing Mount Kenya, without having to leave the Isle of Wight?

The quirky climb is part of a fundraising campaign being organised by Uzima in our Hands, a local charity which supports an orphanage and children’s centre in Kenya.  The money is needed to build 3 new vocational classrooms for the older students.

“These new learning spaces are essential for the oldest children, who are Uzima’s future” explains Joy Mowle, chair of Trustees. “They will enable them to learn life skills such as woodwork, masonry, agriculture and cookery. Gaining these practical skills will give them opportunities to get work and earn money which they don’t have at the moment.”

“Currently students leave the school around the age of 16/17 and their chance for further education comes to an end. Staying on at Uzima will also ensure their health can be monitored and they receive two nutritional meals a day.”

To help raise the £50,000 needed for the project, Uzima have teamed up with West Wight Sport & Community Centre for a sponsored climb. We are aiming to climb the total height of Mount Kenya, with each climber ascending the wall as many times as they can in half an hour.

The fundraiser is being held on Saturday 28 October and is open to anyone aged 5 years and up, from complete novices to experienced climbers.

Joy says “We have already raised £34,000 towards the build, so it’s great to team up with another Island charity for this fundraising event. All monies raised will be split between Uzima and the Sports Centre.”

To take part in the fundraiser contact Joy at the Sports Centre or email her at joy.mowle@westwight.org.uk

Visit the Uzima in our Hands website to find out more about the important work they do in Kenya

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