Harry's hair-ripping adventures for Challenge Kenya expedition
When he’s not doing his day job as a network designer, BT apprentice Harry Wilson is busy raising funds to enable him to take part in the Challenge Kenya 2014 programme.
‘Challenge Worldwide: Training for Life’ is a charity aimed at delivering a corporate training and development programme through overseas community projects in developing parts of the world.
In 2012 alone, 60 BT employees raised more than £210,000 to fund a feeding programme in the Kibera Slums in Kenya and build a school in the remote Lake Natron area of Tanzania (to support 150 pupils).
Engaging with the community
Based on a CSR model, with a hands-on community project at its core, the Challenge Kenya programme gives participants an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, innovation, creativity, sales, time and project management skills.
Through interaction with local people, including children, teachers and parents, the volunteers will gain a rare and privileged insight into daily life in Africa's biggest slum. Their work will strive to improve the quality of the teaching and the future prospects of the children.
Tracking the pennies
Harry is aiming to raise £3,500 between now and February 2014, when the trip takes place. This sum will cover the cost building materials and food for his visit. His flight and medical expenses will be covered personally.
Being able to keep track of every penny he has made is vital. For Harry, using MyDonate’s free fundraising platform means a greater chance of hitting his target.
He believes that, by fundraising online and advertising his MyDonate page through Twitter and Facebook, publicity will play a big part in boosting his fundraising.
He said: “If 1,500 people found out about this and donated just two pounds each that’s three thousand pounds that will go towards help building a primary school in Kenya and to also feed the children that are starving in the biggest slums of Kenya.”
Going the extra mile
Harry is evidently passionate about his cause. He will be undergoing a leg wax and sky dive to raise money that will go directly towards funding the expedition.