Zara Purdy What is a life to children without the magic of play?

Play is an essential part of every child’s development. However, we know that some children have no access or opportunity to experience this. This summer I will be heading to Uganda along with fellow students from the University of Aberdeen supporting the work of East African Playgrounds to build a playground for children. I am taking part in East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek to raise funds for East African Playgrounds and will also spend a week in a village building a Playground.

As one of my fundraising activities I am challenging myself to run 250 Km in the next 6 months for the Ugandan children. Anyone who knows me knows about my dodgy knees and three operations later I am lucky to be back on the treadmill and fighting my way back to full fitness. This challenge will not only benefit me but can also benefit the Ugandan children as I am asking you to please consider sponsoring me to support my work in Uganda.

Over the years, East African Playground have built more than 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres and refugee settlements. These playgrounds bring space for children to have fun, make friends and play together. Having a playground to play in can increase attendance at school and enrolment, reduce antisocial behaviour and ensures every child gets the opportunity to enjoy their childhood.

A donation could help children in many different ways to give them a better future. Here are a few examples of how a donation could help:
- £5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
- £21.83 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
- £73.80 can equip a street connected young person with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
- £131 can teach a community of caregivers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.

The benefits that donations can bring will help children have a better childhood and will in turn help them have a brighter and more successful future.

I would be very grateful if you could please support me.

The true object of all human life is play – G.K. Chesterton

Thank you, Zara x

PS each participant pays the cost of their own airfare and my fundraising has had a good start by me persuading Mum and Dad to match my own initial contribution of £400.
Zara Purdy