Katherine Horner I've signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development; I believe every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which the make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda- including in refugee camps- helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.
To raise this money, I will be spending three weeks in Uganda, taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer (mountains, lakes and jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Every penny donated will go to a non-profit organisation focused on developed East Africa.
Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help towards the conservation efforts of the gorillas I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playground to fund their incredible work. Katherine Horner