to deliver sport relief to African children
Burnham-On-Sea teenager and his friend are set to to cycle from
John O'Groats to Lands End to raise money for a special trip to
South Africa where they will be helping underprivileged children.
Bennett and his friend Daniel Wright, who are both 17 and studying
a BTEC National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science at Bridgwater
College, will travel to Port Elizabeth in South Africa next March.
will be working with underprivileged youngsters, developing sport
within the local community.
explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "All the children
we will be working with will probably have no experience whatsoever
of a coaching session. Our BTEC group know how important sport
is in our lives and we really want to let the underprivileged
children experience how great sport is. The trip will also allow
us to develop our coaching skills and gain a real insight to sport
in South Africa."
the trip, we will be coaching the children from the townships
in a range of sports including football, cricket and hockey. We
will also be able to help organise a community sports event for
the children from township schools whilst we are there."
addition to this, we will have the chance to visit one of the
orphanages and work with the children there. With this orphanage,
we will be taking the children to the nearest bowling centre where
they will be financially catered for with the money we fund raise.
We will have an opportunity to coach within local schools and
work with their Centre of Excellence, which is aimed at raising
opportunities for gifted children in the townships."
is a fantastic opportunity for us to experience another culture
and contribute towards a struggling community. In preparation
for the trip, we intend to raise money to take the orphanage children
out on a day trip, to provide food for all children at the sports
tournament, and to provide local community schools with much-needed
money raised will allow the children to keep the sports equipment
when we go. If the children can keep the equipment it will mean
that they will have a greater opportunity in seeing how sport
can be so vital and important to their lives."
order to raise money, we are cycling unaided from John O'Groats
to Lands End at the beginning of August, a distance of 963 miles.
We will begin on August 2nd and hope to finish on August 16th."
have been training consistently for the past few months and we
believe we are more than fit enough for the challenge. We plan
to complete the trip within 14 days, averaging around eighty miles
added: "We are passionate about our charity, the Umzingisi
Project, and we want to make a difference to those who do not
have the sporting equipment we take for granted. We are fully
prepared and excited at the prospect of starting the trip."
and Daniel - who have been sponsored by Highbridge's Skidmarx
Cycles - are seeking other supporters and can be contacted by
email. Jack is available here
and Daniel can be reached here.