Former GTS pupil fundraising to help tackle poverty and educate disadvantaged children about HIV in South Africa 

Posted on: 12/06/2014

A former Great Torrington School pupil is currently trying to fundraise over £800 to support a project called Skillshare International that tackles poverty and educates children about HIV in South Africa.

Alex Towersey-Veal, 20 years old, will travel to Cape Town in South Africa next month to work on the development programme for 10 weeks whilst he is taking a gap year out of his Southampton University Course, where he is studying for a BSc Economics and Management Sciences.

Alex will team up with South African volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community, after securing a place on the government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteering programme.

ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries around the world like Burkina Faso, South Africa and Nepal.  The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about skills like team working 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.

Alex said: "My fundraising is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it's vital I reach my fundraising target. I have been trying many ways of fundraising to reach my target such as work at local schools and getting donations in return for a dare. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received so far and can't wait to get to South Africa to help those in need."

Last Thursday 5th June 2014 Alec held a fundraising event, the South Africa day at one of our feeder schools at Langtree.  Alex said the kids were fantastic at raising money through bring and buy and cake sale as well as a penny wars game.  They really got involved in the day and by the end of it understood more about HIB after taking part in the educational sports sessions.  They raised over £150 and I am so thankful to the school for giving me this opportunity."

"The project I'm working on is run by the development charity Skillshare International and aims to use sport as a way of engaging young people from poor communities in South Africa and teaching them vital life skills such as HIV awareness. ICS 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 get out there."

To sponsor Alex and find out more about what he is doing visit or text NICE75 followed by £5 to 70070


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