Fund-raising to help out underprivileged children

A £2,000 fund-raising drive has been launched to raise money to help underprivileged children in Africa.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am
Moses Kiwala from Children's Sure House in Uganda with Ellingham First School headteacher Diane Lakey and some of the pupils during his visit. Picture by Jane Coltman

Gabrielle McAleaney is trying to collect funds to purchase a second school bus for youngsters being educated by the Children’s Sure House in Uganda.

She has been inspired to start the appeal after Ellingham C of E Primary School last week hosted headteacher Moses Kiwala, who is involved with Children’s Sure House.

Moses Kiwala from Children's Sure House in Uganda with Ellingham First School headteacher Diane Lakey and some of the pupils during his visit. Picture by Jane Coltman

Year 4 and 5 pupils at Ellingham run a weekly Fairtrade tuck shop, with the profits being sent to Uganda; previously helping to fund toilets and school uniforms.

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Now Gabrielle, who has a daughter at the school, is determined to raise £2,000 to fund further transport for the Ugandan children.

She said: “We are looking for any local business who would like to get involved in either sponsorship or donations for upcoming events, including, a children’s disco, coffee mornings and a sponsored walk done by the children.

“The target is £2,000, but I’m hoping to raise more than that because so much more is needed.

Moses Kiwala from Children's Sure House in Uganda with Ellingham First School headteacher Diane Lakey and some of the pupils during his visit. Picture by Jane Coltman

“Moses Kiwala is a wonderful human, I can’t tell you just how much this man enthuses you to want to help the children under his care.

“They need a second bus and here’s the reason why: When these children are walking to school they are being abducted and killed by so-called witch doctors.

“The abductors kill the children and sell their body parts to wealthy people who believe the body parts bring them health and prosperity benefits. How horrific!

“These children are already living a life that most of us wouldn’t even in our worst nightmares. Going to school keeps them safe.

“We may not be physically able to look after them, but we can help fund the kind people who are able to.”

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ChildrensSureHouse or for more information, visit www.facebook.com/CSHuganda