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Wednesday April 30


One womens dream to dedicate her life to missionary work in African countries.

NEVER TO YOUNG TO VOLUNTEER!! two youngs girls plan to give up their summer to help underpriviledged children in Kenya

You are never to young to make a difference...

TWO fifth year students from Forres Academy have decided to give up part of their summer to help rural communites in Africa, and are carring out fundraisers ahead of their trip. The girls; Zsofia Fekete, 17, and Olivia Turner, 16, are going to poverty stricken Limuru in Kenya, East Africa. This is in aid of New Life Homes Early childhood Development project, ran by volunteering organisation charity African Impact. The charity organisation, which was founded in 2004, aims to bring positive change to Africa, running many different projects, for children and animals. What started off as a small, family run opperation has now expanded into the multi-award winning social enterprise they are today- with over 80 volunteer projects across Africa. They have a strong focus on responsible travel and sustainable volunteer projects, while offering international volunteers, a truly unique cultural exchange and a chance to give back, while experiencing a new country. The girls must raise approximately £2,000 each to fund their trip, which includes their; flights and accommodation, visas, vaccinations, travel and

medical insuranc. As well as 24 hour on the ground supportl and a donation towards African Impact’s charity, the Happy Africa foundation. In order to meet their fundraising target, they have organised various events in the town, ahead of thier trip. So far they have raised approximately £500 from donations, as well as a 24 hour sponsored silence that they completed between March 17 and 18. They will also be bag packing at the co op in Forres on April 26, holding a town hall party and a Zumba Class next month, which will be run by instructor Katy Squirrel. “They offered to pay me to run the class but I was so impressed with what they were doing I wouldn’t dream of it”, Katy Says. “I think it is a great thing they are doing and will be a great experience for them.” The Zumba class is set to take place in the Victoria Hotel on May 4 and will be priced at £5 for under 16’s and £6 for adults, with all the money going towards the girls trip. There will be snacks and refreshments at the class, donated by Walkers. The trip is likely to be very grueling. Once in

Africa, the girls will be working in very emotional situations. They will have to rise at 6am everyday, before volunteering at the intensive care units from 9-11 am each dayworking with babies from 0-3 months that are being treated there. They will then help in the laundry room for two hours, followed by their lunch while the ba- Zsophia and Oliva are excited to start their journey bies sleep. From 2-3.30pm they will go on to help in any of the four baby care units before their working day ends. The evening will be a time for the girls to reflect on their days with other volunteers on the programme and enjoy time to relax and socialise. They are due to fly out on July 28 and return on August 4. When asked why they decided to take part in organisation worker teaching child the aid Zsophia explained: “It was a case of we both wanted to go travelling and we thought – why not do something while we are there that will benefit other people? Then we found African Impact and thought – ‘this is perfect’.” If you would like to donate money toward their trip visit ibby

Volunteer enjoys bubble making

Cancer Awareness Campaign raises millions for charities

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what I find so infuriating, They don’t even really know what the cause is about.” She goes on to say: “Why don’t you post someone’s survival story instead? I don’t think their bravery should be compared to survivors, my mam had breast cancer and she is the bravest woman I know. With or without makeup.” This particular post has hailed lots of comments and attention from people who agree with Kirrin and others with the same opinion. However, this has not stopped people participating and posting photos, continuing to keep it a talked about topic and bringing attention to the cause. Lynsey Cunningham, 38, who posted her own photo talked about how she thinks it is a positive thing: “I think it is hard for women to show themselves in that way and it would be hard from some

girls too, whether people think it is attention seeking or not. “If everyone plays a part and donates as well, it is showing women in a united front fighting against the disease. If these posts make at least one man or women check themselves in the shower, then it is a good thing and a job well done.” For more information about breast cancer and the charities supporting the diease you can visit ness-month-press-pack for more information. Picture: Lynsey Cunninghams “selfie” and donation

One women’s life mission to change Africa... By Nicole Campbell

FOR many people, charity is throwing spare change in can as they walk down their local high street, or texting £2 to an advert that momentarily moved them on the television. However, for some, the prospect of leaving their comfortable home, friends and family to help those in need, is an idea they don’t just have for the summer, but for the rest of their lives. Missionary work in countries such as Africa has become more assessable with the soring amount of publicity, government funding and the sheer craving of the public to give back for the privileged society we live in. There are many types of organisations such as charities and social enterprises that offer a variety of different work for many age groups. This work can range from animals, to children, to poverty stricken villages. One of the main groups that offer their services, however, are Christian organisations who see it as their ultimate duty to give back and help those who cannot help themselves. The goal of these organisaions is to assist people to

manage their situations and live a sustainable life on their own. One organisation that strives to do just this is Scotland based Mission International. Mission International is an organisation founded on Christian principles. It works to benefit people in need and does not pay notice to their colour, race, religion or any stigma they may be associated with. It depends completely on the generosity of donors, contributors and volunteers- all who have made a huge impact already on the lives of people in these depraved countries Their mission states that they will: “improve the material and spiritual lives of communities world wide. Through the provision of training, education and sustainable projects designed

Tara Engelmann comforting a child in Rwanda specifically for the people involved”. One woman has decided that through Mission International, she wants to dedicate the rest of her life to missionary work. Tara Engelmann, 45, an epileptic field worker and mother of two based in Scotland, has had her heart set on volunteering in underprivileged countries since she was 17. Tara, who is a practicing Christian, has had a passion for missionary volunteer work since she saw Ethiopian famine on television as a child. The thought of witnessing children and people starving to death in these foreign parts of the world instigated her to research how she could

help. Her mother was apprehensive at the time and thought Tara was going through a phase. She remembers: “I wanted to be a hairdresser, so I guess my mum wondered what good that would be out in Africa”. However, Tara’s dream never died and after marrying her husband and having her first child, Stuart, she embarked on her first mission at 25, and now seeks to live permanently as a missionary worker. She discovered Mission International as the director (and godfather of her son), Hugh Henderson, belonged to the same church as her and her husband. She was instantly interested in the organisation as it entails all the work she wanted to do and is based on Christian foundations. Since then Tara has been to Africa four times, venturing to Uganda, Angola, Burundi and Rwanda. On her latest trip she had the pleasure of sharing her experiences with he daughter, Rachel, who accompanied her. Tara admits she is devoted to the time she spends on her African adventures and plans to move out there as

“The charity work we

Tara with her daughter rachel (far right) and the team in Rwanda,

Enjoying time dacing and socialising with the Rwandan women

With another member of the team and a community member

do, sometimes seems to be a small drop in the ocean, but at least we try and make a difference which is better then not trying at all.”

a full time missionary when Rachel has left home. She explains: “It was really good that Rachel went as it has given her an understanding of why I want to go back and stay one day”. However, the work can be grueling and very emotional. The typical day would be to rise at six am and shower. This was sometimes difficult as the water was almost always cold (they had warm water in Rwanda) and in Uganda, 20 years ago, there was only a small basin of water to wash with. This would then lead on to breakfast, and the day consisting of school visits. On these visits they would teach primary aged children telling bible stories and

introducing them to team building games such as the parachute game. Medics on the trips visit and volunteer in local dentists and hospitals, bringing them new equipment, sorting through their storerooms and treating patients. A highlight of Tara’s time in Rwanda was Mission Internationals involvement in feeding programmes, in which they would provide malnourished children and adults with a nutritional porridge meal, to help build their strength. Tara elaborates that Rachel was particularly helpful with this task when she says: “she was great with the children, filling up their bowls and making sure everyone had

something to eat”. Mission internationals programme also entails home visits with people in the village. Tara finds this part of her work particularly humbling as she gets to witness and experience the situations people live in, with some families only having one room between them all. Some of the organisations volunteers, including Tara and Rachel, got to attend women’s group meetings, which were particularly shocking and heart wrenching. They listened to women tell stories of their involvement as victims in the Rwandan Genocide, and other hardships they have to endure. Tara reminisces about her time in a

women’s group: “It was the wrath of the soldiers. It very emotional listening to is this type of heartbreak the women tell their stories. that makes me want to Some women in the group dedicate my life to helping had been victims of rape in these people.” the Rwandan Genocide This is only a few examand some had their famiples of the tragedies that lies completely wiped out. happen in third world coun“I remember one particutries every day, but it also a lar meeting where a big example about how a women talked about how helping hand and listening she lost her son. It was ear can benefit these vicvery heartbreaking. She re- tims in their time of need. called on how they had ran Tara has realised in her to a church for refuge, and time spent in African counthe Hutu soldiers found tries that the work she has them and many done is not enough others that were for her as is contin“Every hiding there. Some uing to make plans time I go, I and preparations pretended to be leave a dead but the solfor her final move diers shouted if to Africa in the next peice of they revealed few years. She my heart themselves they says: in Africa would give them “The charity work food. Many did and we do sometimes were killed. They seems to be a made the boys go separate small drop in the ocean, to the girls and she knew but at least we try and she was going to be sepamake a difference, which is rated from her son. She better than not trying at all. knew he would be killed so “Every time I go, I leave a she pretended that they piece of my heart in Africa”. were going to give him lots For more information on of food, as he was hungry. how you can be involved in She never saw him again. similar work as Tara please I also learned about the visit: http://www.mission-inhot springs, and how many people jumped in and took ml their own life’s to escape

The women in the African community made Tara a traditional dress


By Nicole Campbell THE Anthony Nolan trust is holding a sponsored run in a bid to raise funds. The run will be held in Edinburgh this May and includes a variety of distances (5k, 10k and half marathon) in hope to convince everyone to take part in making the day special and successful. The Anthony Nolan Trust aims to preserve the lives of those who suffer from various types of blood cancer such as Leukemia and rare types such as Myeloma. The charity raises money and gathers bone marrow Donators for those in need of transplant’s. It has been operating since 1974 when Shirley Nolan was desperate for a bone marrow transplant for her son Anthony and set up the first register. The trust now sees donors being matched with patients every day and

there is more than 500, 000 potential donors on the register. As well as undergoing extensive research into stem cells to help find new ways of saving lives. One man, Graeme Hannah, who has been a donor for many years and helped twice save the life of a man suffering from Leukemia said: “At first I wasn’t too sure on what I was actually signing up for, but it is definitely one of the best things I have ever done.” The race will be held on Saturday May 24 and will start around Holyrood Park with participants being able to partake all day. For more information on how you can donate or fundraise for the Anthony Nolan Trust visit http:t//

“It is definitely one of the best things i have ever done”

It is never to late to give. Be it your time or money, there is always someone to help. Give them hope.



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