[Kealie Mardell | Print Editor]
In September, 13 students from the University of Hertfordshire are flying to Tanzania to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. They are each hoping to fundraise almost £3000 for the HOPE for Children charity.
HOPE for Children works tirelessly to help children reach their full potential, says HOPE Student Ambassador Ken Bell. Last year, they helped 44,000 children in Africa, Asia and the UK.
Elliot Ward, a 2nd year Accounting and Finance Student, found out about the HOPE Kili climb through Raise and Give and StudyNet. He said: “I decided to take part because I’d never done anything like it before. It will be a great experience, the climb and the fundraising, and I will hopefully learn a lot from it.”
Ward is worried about the fundraising target, but believes it can be reached. The group of students are coming up with lots of ideas to help them reach the goals.
Declan Hallam, 2nd year Aerospace Engineering student, said: “Raising the money is a challenge that I thoroughly enjoy and am determined to achieve.”
“It’s a chance for me to do something different and achieve something that not many people have,” Hallam said. “The face that I get to help HOPE and experience first-hand the wonderful impact they have on changing children’s lives is such a great opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.”
The students will also have the opportunity to witness the work of HOPE for Children. Ward said: “I’m excited to visit one of the project that our fundraising will be helping so I can see the change the project has already made to the children’s lives already. HOPE is a worthwhile cause because it gives kids a chance to prosper and reach their full potential by giving them the opportunity that me and you have come accustomed to.”
The Herts HOPE Heroes fundraising page has reached over £5,000. “It doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is, it will still help to improve a child’s life,” said Hallam. “Thank you very much in advance.”
Visit hopeheroes.org/event/2015herts to track their fundraising or make a donation. Ward said: “If you can’t donate, then telling your friend and family about our challenge and the cause we are supporting will help.”
Keep an eye out on StudyNet for future fundraising events on campus!