Charity team climbs mountains for Ugandan children

A charity fundraising group is stepping up its activities in a bid to raise £25,000 a year for an African town.

Campaigners at Events for Namuwongo (E4N) say they have gained unprecedented support across the events industry for its £500,000, three-year project to transform the lives of children and families in Namuwongo, Uganda.

This summer, the Events for Namuwongo Cycling team is going to tackle one of the hardest Tour De France climbs – Mont Ventoux. Team members from Tarsus, tfconnect, ITE Exhibitions, Event Advantage Solutions (EAS), Investec, Numis Securities and Majedie are aiming to raise £10,000 for E4N.

Also determined to tackle major hill climbs is a team from TPL – a division of Clarion Events which organises events for the Telecoms, Payments and Life Sciences sectors is taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge on the 11th July 2015. The group, led by Greg Hackett has set a fundraising target of £7,500, to help continue to support vital work for the community of Namuwongo.

E4N Steering Committee Member, Tracy Bebbington of UBM is set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on the 9 July. She will trek and climb nearly 6,000 metres to reach the summit of one of the world’s great seven peaks, which has been described as standing on the roof of Africa.

Chris Hughes, of Brand Events and Chairman of the E4N Board, says:“Over the last three years we have achieved amazing results through the generosity and support of the whole event industry. We have become personally involved and have made lifelong friends in this close-knit community. Some of us want to continue the fundraising by maintaining the infrastructure and supporting children’s education.”

Trevor Foley, of tfconnect and managing director of the E4N Board outlines the groups new goals: “Our aim is to raise £25,000 per year to help Hope for Children continue their vital work with the families in Namuwongo – employing community and health workers, running health camps and co-ordinating the maintenance of the drains, rubbish clearing and recycling and E4N toilets. We are also planning another visit to Namuwongo later in 2015 – who wants to come?”

“We have been overwhelmed by the continued commitment of many of our supporters to raise funds and by working closely with the community we know we can continue to transform lives at the grass roots.”

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