Emma Guimaraes I decided to sign up for the Gorilla trek with East African playgrounds to help raise £2000 to aid the construction of a brand new playground in a school in rural Uganda.

As part of the expedition, we will be trekking to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's as well as living and working within a local community. £300 of the money I fundraise will go to the conservation of these majestic giants. As a biology student hoping to study primate evolution, this will surely be an unforgettable and invaluable experience.

But more importantly, it will be an opportunity to take part in the construction of a well-needed playground for a school in Uganda. When a child has a place to play, they can imagine a future for themselves and are more motivated to learn. .

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda, can you please help by donating towards my fundraising.

What a difference your donation makes:

£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe,fun and child-focussed playground.

£21.83 educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.

£73.80 equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.

£131 teaches a community of care-givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.

£197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through an apprenticeship scheme.

Every donation adds up. So even the smallest amount could make a massive difference.

A breakdown of where the costs go can be found at https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorilla-trek-details

In order to be able to go on this amazing journey, I will also be fundraising for my flights

What I’ve been up to so far:

5th Jan - Face painting at a family event ( raised £150)

12th April - London Bucket Collection
Emma Guimaraes