Girl Guides from Heron Rangers, Wanstead, hope to embark on trip to Africa to improve child literacy

The girls from Heron Rangers

The girls from Heron Rangers

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Girl Guides have gone to extreme lengths in their quest to help poor children in Africa get an education.

The group of 18 Heron Rangers and their leaders based in Wanstead are each attempting to raise £2,300 to travel to Zambia and Malawi to volunteer for charity The Book Bus, which aims to improve literacy rates among the young.

The girls have undertaken an intense, and sometimes unusual, programme of fundraising which included some sleeping in cardboard boxes under the stars throughout November.

Another fundraising effort involved helping to pack bags in a busy Waitrose supermarket.

And Sophie Longstaff, 15, rented out her bedroom to a foreign student for eight weeks in the summer, while Miriam Gibson, 16, of Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, took up baby-sitting to raise cash.

Explaining their motivation, Miss Gibson said: "Guiding is all about giving back to the community and I thought this would give me a chance to help others.

"There were some weeks where I was out six nights a week baby-sitting. It was tiring but worth it.

"I am a bit worried about the culture shock, the heat and the food – but I am more worried about the injections before I go because I’m terrified of needles."

Guide leader Sharon Applin, 50, said the trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the girls.

She added: "This will be a massive challenge for the girls.

"They will be coming face-to-face with children who have been affected by HIV and Aids and living the way these children live for two weeks."

The girls will be working with small groups of around 10 children, reading stories and helping them with their English.

Guide Ellie Hawkins, 16, of Beverley Crescent, Woodford Green, said: "I don’t really know how I will react to what I will see when I get there.

"It’s going to be a completely different experience to anything I will have done before.

"I am quite excited and intrigued at the same time."

To help raise further cash for the trip, the girls have organised a barn dance on March 16 at St Gabriel’s Church Hall in Aldersbrook, and are asking budding writers to write a short tale for £1 for the chance to win a day out at a UK attraction. 

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3:42pm Sun 24 Feb 13

AfricaBookBus says...

Thanks for your support Guardian, we have all indeed been working hard.

If you want to enter the Adventure Story Writing competition visit our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/XiPf
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Follow us on Twitter @AfricaBookBus
For Barn Dance tickets email us AfricaBookBus@Gmail.
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Thanks for your support Guardian, we have all indeed been working hard. If you want to enter the Adventure Story Writing competition visit our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/XiPf 8b Follow us on Twitter @AfricaBookBus For Barn Dance tickets email us AfricaBookBus@Gmail. com AfricaBookBus
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3:44pm Sun 24 Feb 13

AfricaBookBus says...

http://on.fb.me/XiPf
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is that FB link again!
http://on.fb.me/XiPf 8b is that FB link again! AfricaBookBus
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5:37pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

All great for the cause but let us hope it does not go direct to the Rolls Royce drive Government officials whilst the children suffer.

Bob Geldoff made a career and achieved an Irish Knighthood out of this 'cause' and one Record and berated Maggie T in the 80's and yet years later the children still suffer from basic needs whilst the corrupt Governments build their palaces.
All great for the cause but let us hope it does not go direct to the Rolls Royce drive Government officials whilst the children suffer. Bob Geldoff made a career and achieved an Irish Knighthood out of this 'cause' and one Record and berated Maggie T in the 80's and yet years later the children still suffer from basic needs whilst the corrupt Governments build their palaces. Cornbeefur
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6:31pm Sun 24 Feb 13

AfricaBookBus says...

@Cornbeefur: We can guarantee none of the money we raise will be going to any government officials. Our local young people from Wanstead & Woodford will use the money to fund their travel costs and the books they will be taking and leaving onboard the Book Bus. The bus circulates around rural schools and is staffed by unpaid volunteers.

The Book Bus is a UK charity working in Zambia and Malawi as well as other countries around the world. It is not a government organisation.

THE BOOK BUS FOUNDATION is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Charity Number 1117357.

For more information about the great work they do visit
http://www.thebookbu
s.org/

And to discover what adventures members of Girlguiding have, see this video: http://youtu.be/CRA3
jBUQmlE
@Cornbeefur: We can guarantee none of the money we raise will be going to any government officials. Our local young people from Wanstead & Woodford will use the money to fund their travel costs and the books they will be taking and leaving onboard the Book Bus. The bus circulates around rural schools and is staffed by unpaid volunteers. The Book Bus is a UK charity working in Zambia and Malawi as well as other countries around the world. It is not a government organisation. THE BOOK BUS FOUNDATION is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Charity Number 1117357. For more information about the great work they do visit http://www.thebookbu s.org/ And to discover what adventures members of Girlguiding have, see this video: http://youtu.be/CRA3 jBUQmlE AfricaBookBus
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10:35am Mon 25 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

AfricaBookBus wrote:
@Cornbeefur: We can guarantee none of the money we raise will be going to any government officials. Our local young people from Wanstead & Woodford will use the money to fund their travel costs and the books they will be taking and leaving onboard the Book Bus. The bus circulates around rural schools and is staffed by unpaid volunteers.

The Book Bus is a UK charity working in Zambia and Malawi as well as other countries around the world. It is not a government organisation.

THE BOOK BUS FOUNDATION is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Charity Number 1117357.

For more information about the great work they do visit
http://www.thebookbu

s.org/

And to discover what adventures members of Girlguiding have, see this video: http://youtu.be/CRA3

jBUQmlE
Good then, thank you.
[quote][p][bold]AfricaBookBus[/bold] wrote: @Cornbeefur: We can guarantee none of the money we raise will be going to any government officials. Our local young people from Wanstead & Woodford will use the money to fund their travel costs and the books they will be taking and leaving onboard the Book Bus. The bus circulates around rural schools and is staffed by unpaid volunteers. The Book Bus is a UK charity working in Zambia and Malawi as well as other countries around the world. It is not a government organisation. THE BOOK BUS FOUNDATION is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Charity Number 1117357. For more information about the great work they do visit http://www.thebookbu s.org/ And to discover what adventures members of Girlguiding have, see this video: http://youtu.be/CRA3 jBUQmlE[/p][/quote]Good then, thank you. Cornbeefur
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