Emma Johnson Hey, I'm Emma. A returning fourth-year Warwick student from my year abroad and RAG Uganda challenge leader. Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to not only participate in another life-changing RAG challenge to Machu Picchu, but I have also spent a year travelling (and studying...ish) in SE Asia and Australia. And well, in my opinion, it's time for another adventure.

This June, I will be taking 20 other Warwick students (alongside my trusty partner Charlotte) to Uganda in Eastern Africa. Over 21 days we will be trekking in unchartered terrain across Western Uganda to discover the endangered Silverback Gorillas, and also volunteering for 2 weeks helping to change the lives of school children.

Working alongside East African Playgrounds, we will convert an empty field into an exciting, safe and fun playground, helping children gain the most out of their childhood. If you didn't already know, there are hundreds of studies that all point to the importance of 'play' which is critical to children's cognitive skills, learning and education. In fact, the UN recently listed play as a human right of all children, showing just how valuable play is during childhood development. Alongside the playground, we will also be running interactive, creative play sessions for the children giving them the opportunity for continual learning through play from school to the playground to home.

The charity have already built over 230+ schools, and my team will be building the next. Having already massively impacted the lives of over 300,000 children, there honestly couldn't be a better time to get involved. The money you give today will have a huge impact on these disadvantaged children, and this is only a donation away.

The money raised will be used by East African Playgrounds, but will also go towards conservation of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help endangered species such as the Silverback Gorillas. £25 could provide a small herd of toy animals for the children to play on; £100 could fund one-month educational play programme and £250 could give the children the best climbing frame they (or you) have ever seen!




Emma Johnson