Michele Halmrast

I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity, East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000. I will be living and working within a local community to build a playground for school children, as well as going on a trek to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's.

I think East African Playgrounds work is important to ensure that every child can access their right to a childhood, allowing them to gain all the developmental benefits that play has to offer, giving them the tools for future success.

A portion of the money I raise will be donated to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to aid in the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas, but most will go to East African Playgrounds (EAP) to aid the fantastic work that they do in Uganda.

East African Playgrounds have already built over 250 playgrounds, many of which are located in refugee settlements through a partnership with UNICEF. Each playground will benefit over 1500 children, and EAP maintain their relationship with each school so that they can return and make sure the playground is well maintained.

Here are some examples of what differences your donations can make for the children in Uganda:

- £25 could provide a small herd of toy animals for the children to play on
- £100 could fund one-month educational play programme
- £250 could give the children the best climbing frame they (or you) have ever seen

Michele Halmrast