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Benjamin’s 100 mile cycle challenge raises funds for a South Africa township charity.

27th April 2015

6th former Benjamin Wells recently completed an individual charity bike trip across Devon. His 100 mile coast to coast trek took him from Ifracombe in the north of the county to the sea front at Plymouth.  Starting out at the crack of dawn by Ilfracombe’s  famous statue of Verity, by Damien Hirst, Benjamin completed the trip 12 hours later when he arrived at Smeaton’s Tower on the Hoe at Plymouth.

  

His target was to raise over £500 for the charity Calabash Trust, an organisation that works in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and in the UK, raising awareness and funds to support projects under three criteria: nutrition, education & enterprise. Within the UK the focus of their work is in schools, such as Trinity, and sending containers of resources to South Africa.

It is a charity that our school has been actively supporting in recent years, and as well as raising several thousand pounds for Calabash, we have seen several Trinity students volunteering to work on demanding practical projects such as building sports pitches, and refurbishing toilet facilities (which was as tough as it sounds!).

Benjamin’s single-handed fund-raising challenge comes ahead of a planned trip to Port Elizabeth in July this year, which will see him working in a secondary school in the township, as part of a team of volunteers, including a group of 7 of his fellow Trinity 6th Formers. All our students will be doing some teaching in the school, as well as undertaking a large practical project.

Benjamin's fund-raising challenge has got off to a fantastic start – he has already exceeded his £500 fundraising target, with the level of donations currently up to £618. Well done  Benjamin!!

If you wish to add your support you can do so via the following link -

http://www.justgiving.com/Benjywells-coasttocoast

More information about the Calabash Trust can be found on https://www.justgiving.com/calabashtrust  and  http://www.calabashtrust.org.uk

 

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