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Hagley woman dons running shoes to help tackle poverty in Tanzania
8:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
A HAGLEY woman will take part in a charity run to help tackle poverty in Tanzania.
Jessica Crees, aged 24, will take part in the Birmingham’s Big Fun Run on Saturday September 7 in Cannon Hill Park.
She hopes to raise £800 for Raleigh International, a sustainable development charity.
Miss Crees said the 5km run was her way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of volunteers.
She added: “It’s vital I reach my target. I’ve been training hard and I’m hoping everyone will give generously as a result of my effort.”
Miss Crees recently graduated from the University of Derby after studying computer science for four years.
It was through her studies that she found out about her chosen charity.
She explained: “There's a lot of talk in the technology community about sustainability and my research into the subject led me to looking into sustainable development. Then I found Raleigh International who are very interested in sustainable development projects overseas.”
She discovered the charity offers an International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme, which allows young people to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Nicaragua, India and Tanzania and decided to apply.
Her application was successful and in October she will fly out to Tanzania for ten weeks and team up with volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing their community.
She added: “The project I will be working on aims to improve access to education and sustainable natural resources. This 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 Miss Crees visit www.justgiving.com/jhcrees or text JCRI89 £2 (or other amount) to 70070.
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