Camilla Arvidsson

Next summer I will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime by taking on the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £1,600 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development; I believe every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

To raise this money, I will be spending three weeks in Uganda during which I will take on a five day trek - taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer (mountains, lakes, and jungles) before volunteering for two weeks on building a playground. Every single pound raised will go to support the development of East Africa.

Of the £1,600 pounds I raise, £500 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, a charity that works on conservation of Ugandan national parks and looks after the endangered silverback gorillas. While the remaining £1,100 will go directly towards East African Playgrounds, who employ over 40 disadvantaged young adults, and have built over 100 playgrounds across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, including 10 playgrounds in refugee camps, helping some of the most vulnerable children in the world. To make things perfectly clear: none of this money will go towards the costs of my travel, accommodation or trek costs.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are....

£10 - builds a toy giraffe for children of a community to play with

£15 - builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in role play scenarios

£20 - funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their meaningful employment with East African Playgrounds

£50 - builds a table with space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

Please donate anything you can, and help give children their childhoods.

Camilla Arvidsson