Monxton resident, Emily Bacon, aged 18, will travel to Bangladesh in January 2014 to work on a Government development programme for 3 months. She will team up with Bangladeshi volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community, after winning a place on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS).
ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh. The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about team work and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world. On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities.
Emily is organising a pre-departure fundraising raffle/auction of promises and Curry Night on Thursday December 19th at 7pm in the Black Swan Monxton, to raise funding in support of the project that tackles poverty in Bangladesh.
Emily said: “It’s vital I achieve my target of £800 to ensure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers. I’ve been a busy bee organising a variety of events, such as a sponsored 100 km cycle ride, a cake sale/mufty day at Amport Primary School, and a raffle/auction of promises. Mikael and Sarah at the Black Swan in Monxton have also given me fantastic support. The project I’m working on is run by the development charity, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) which aims to build social capital and leadership amongst citizens, particularly youth. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to go!”
To book your curry at the Black Swan please call the pub on 710260. The curry is £9.50 per person. £1.50 from each meal will be donated for Emily’s fundraising – and possibly more if enough people come along.
To support Emily and the project either call her for more information on: 07974 884557 or:
OR TEXT: ECAB94 £(insert amount) to 70070
To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 780 7400.
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