Students seek more books for Africa
Feb 13 2008 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
CAMPAIGNERS have asked people to help schoolchildren in Africa.
A group of Huddersfield University students collected 3,000 old textbooks for schools in Tanzania in December.
Now the volunteers are planning a second week of collections, starting on March 2.
The 10 campaigners have contacted 150 schools in Yorkshire to ask for help.
Kirsty MacLean, 20, is helping organise the collection.
The interior design student said: “We’re hoping to collect 21,000 books this time. The schools give a lot of books, it’s unbelievable how many they have because the curriculum keeps changing.”
The collection is run in association with Read International, which encourages literacy around the world.
Kirsty added: “I just feel like I have had a privileged life and helping the charity is a way of showing that I’m a worthwhile human being.”
The Huddersfield volunteers will take the books to Tanzania in August. Kirsty said: “We’ll be there for six weeks and we hope to spend a few days in each of the 20 schools we visit.”
The group are raising cash for the trip through raffles, quiz nights and a walk from John o’ Groats to Lands End in July. To help call Kirsty on 07504 483 391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org