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Can Somerset Secure 100 Years of Education for Africa?

25 Feb 2013

Since it was founded in 2003, Somerset based SOS Africa has received an overwhelming amount of support from its local community. Residents from Shepton Mallet and surrounding areas have participated in a number of fundraising events which have played an integral role in the growth of our organisation and the numbers of underprivileged children we have empowered through education.

Roadhogs became SOS Africa's first local business sponsor in July 2012    King's School Bruton and Hazlegrove School in Sparkford have supported SOS Africa since its birth 

Last July for example, local business, Roadhogs, committed to providing SOS Africa with monthly sponsorship to help us add more children to our education programme in Mafikeng. Roadhogs, an Evercreech based recruitment company, has, since 1990, been helping farmers from the UK and abroad recruit staff for their pig enterprises.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, SOS Africa is now laying down a challenge to businesses in Somerset to help it expand its scope of support beyond Mafikeng to other deprived areas in South Africa. In the past the charity has based its work in Mafikeng, North West Province but is currently looking into the possibility of developing a new centre of support in the Western Cape. In the townships in these areas the children find themselves in classes of two hundred with little or no hope of gaining a sound education. Without such support the children are unable to break the poverty cycle.

Shepton Mallet Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Group raised and incredible £1400 at SOS Africa's Cranmore Tower Abseil Event    Shepton Mallet's 'Ayton Research Group' fundraised for SOS Africa by abseiling down Kilver Court Viaduct

To achieve this, SOS Africa is challenging Somerset businesses to ‘Secure 100 Years of Education for Africa.’ It costs £240 to educate a child for a year and raising £24,000 would enable SOS Africa to fund 100 years of education for children from these deprived areas. Plans are already in place to reach this goal. We will be opening a new, much larger charity shop on Shepton Mallet High Street in April. The charity’s UK offices will also move from Kilver Court to the new premises to make them more accessible to the local people. Following a highly successful abseil down Cranmore Tower last year, over 2 weekends in September this year SOS Africa will also be hosting a four day 100m Zip Wire Fundraiser from the top of Cranmore Tower in Somerset.

However, to reach our overall goal of a hundred years of education, we do need the help of local businesses. A small donation can make a huge difference to a child’s future, especially as the charity guarantees that every penny donated will be invested in education. The charity is asking for donations of £240 to buy a year’s tuition for an underprivileged child. The progress of this challenge will be displayed on the SOS Africa website and in the charity’s new shop when it opens in April, where businesses, schools and individuals will be given recognition for their contributions.

Your business could help SOS Africa empower more children through education in 2013...

For more information on the charity’s new shop, upcoming Zip Wire Fundraise, and our ‘Challenge to Secure 100 Years of Education in Africa’ keep visiting the SOS Africa website or contact SOS Africa.

Comments (3)

  1. Claudia@ 26/02/2013 @ 09:01

    Comment: What a wonderful challenge and I know the generosity of the Somerset community will definitely be able to achieve this! Good luck!

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