Jack Davies

Why I’m doing this
I have never taken on the challenge of solo fundraising before, but I firmly believe that this is a cause worth asking for your support with. Being at uni has made me realise just how lucky I am compared to millions of others around the globe, and I will have spent my year well if I am able to say I stepped out of my comfort zone and raised money for those less fortunate than myself. That is why I have committed to raising £2000 (and hopefully more!) for East African Playgrounds and plan to spend three weeks in Uganda this summer building a playground for a local community there.

Why play is so important
Play is extremely important for a child’s development, so much so that the UN includes the right to play in it’s convention of human rights. It gives a child the ability to develop social skills, imagination, problem solving and many other much needed skills for later life, especially in areas of poverty where spaces of safe play are rare. East African Playgrounds offers children this space to express themselves and get away from their daily routines.

Where the money will go
£1100 of the money raised will go directly to East African Playgrounds which was set up in 2008 by Tom Gill and Carla Powell; their ambition, to give children safe and enjoyable areas to learn and develop. East African Playgrounds has since set up over 200 playgrounds and employs over 40 disadvantaged young adults.
£600 will go towards project costs, including travel and accommodation. Part of this will go to the House of Edirisa with whom we will be trekking. They are a non-profit organisation supporting local communities in this region.
Finally, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority through the purchase of a gorilla permit. They work to preserve the national parks in Uganda, and so protect the endangered gorillas, whom I will trek to see whilst I am there.

Final words
This is a great opportunity and challenge, one that I’m really looking forward to pursuing throughout the year. Thanks for reading this and for helping me to reach my goal.
Jack

Jack Davies