A kind-hearted resident will live in rural South Africa next month, without clean water or electricity, in a bid to help its poorest people overcome inequality and disease.
In an area devastated by poverty, Charlye Horrigan, of Briercliffe, will provide water aid, raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, and tackle gender inequality, sex trafficking and class division. For three months, the 22 year-old will be working with people of all ages in the Eastern Cape province, in a country segregated by those who can afford treatment for AIDS, and those who cannot.
Living in Libode, she will stay with a host family, shop at the local market and drink from a single water tap three miles away.
Teaming up with South African volunteers and 30 British youths, Charlye, an auxiliary nurse across East Lancashire, will run CV writing classes, workshops on HIV/AIDS and sporting activities.
Charlye was inspired to promote international development in 2010, when she taught English to children and built a school in Nepal.
While the company, the International Citizen Service, fund the whole trip, volunteers must raise £800 for good causes. To reach her target, Charlye is holding a Fun Day this Sunday, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in attendance and a shower set up for grabs. It will include a raffle, a bouncy castle, face-painting, hook-a-duck, guess the teddy, a tin can alley, a tombola, a clothes rail and refreshments. The event will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Burnley, from 12-30 to 3-30pm.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Charlye-HorriganSA.
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