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Student campaigns for African orphanage

Caring student Chris McEvoy is appealing for help in his campaign for an African orphanage.

Chris, 22, of Darlington, is asking members of the public to help raise cash for the orphanage in Tanzania or even do some volunteer work there.

The Manchester University student is hoping to help extend the orphanage, which can currently only cater for seven children.

He is campaigning on behalf of charity Upendo, which built the orphanage in 2010. The charity was set up by friend Carly Townsend after she witnessed appalling conditions in orphanages in the country.

He said: “Upendo is looking to take any independent, innovative and eager volunteers.

“We also would like artistic volunteers to come and paint the rooms in a variety of themes when the building work is finished.

“Most charities require that you raise a large sum of money to go out to participate. With Upendo the cost of living can be as cheap as £150 a month, or £30-a-week for rent, plus the cost of your flight, and you can really make a difference.”

Chris is planning to visit the orphanage in August and is also appealing for donations of old football shirts, footballs, recorders, triangles and guitars that he can take with him for the children.

He will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during his visit to the country, to raise money for charity Practical Action.

He has also organised local fundraising events to help the cause, including a live music event at the end of March.


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