Catherine Reynolds
I've signed up to become a volunteer with the charity 'EastAfrican Playgrounds' to raise £3000 which brings the gift of play to a rural school for children in Uganda. Some may wonder why a playground can be so significant, whereas play in fact is very healthy for the brains development in terms of cognitive skills. A playground also influences children to become more physically active additionally contributing to maintaining a positive mental health. This also allows the school children to develop social interactions through engaging with other pupils, therefore developing their social skills for the future. Through your donations this will help give these children a chance at the life they deserve.
Your donations will also be contributed towards an silver back gorilla conservation within Uganda. Sadly these beautiful creatures so similar to us have now become increasingly endangered due to habitat loss, disease and poaching, leaving just around 880 in the wild today. If you're an animal lover like me you will have no hesitation to help preserve these gorillas through providing donations.

What difference does your donations make:
- £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused 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 our apprenticeship scheme.

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorilla I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non-project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who supports the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work
*Please note, if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation, according to charity law.
*Please donate what you can to give children in Uganda their childhoods.

I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money that I raise above the £2000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flight. Catherine Reynolds