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Bovingdon school governor seeks help to transport education supplies to Gambia
Books and uniforms formerly used by Bovingdon school pupils are to be donated to school children in Gambia - but organisers are appealing for help getting them out there.
School governor Nic Leon, 38, will fly out to the West African nation on November 12 and hopes to bring 20 boxes of old uniforms and four boxes of books with him, which will be donated to pupils at Georgetown School.
It will not be the catering company owner’s first visit to the country or to Georgetown, having driven there in an ambulance filled with 650 presents in December 2008.
Nic was so inspired by his last visit to the town, which sits on a remote island in the Gambia river in Africa’s smallest nation, that he will be bringing his 10-year-old daughter with him on next month’s visit.
He said: "I am taking her with me so she can be inspired by what she sees.
"The first time I went out there I was enthralled and fascinated by the way they live out there and by how easily things can be improved for the people who live there."
Having booked his plane ticket this weekend, and with only a 15 kg luggage allowance, Nic, of Chipperfield Road, Bovingdon, says his attentions have now turned to the problem of how to get his bulky cargo out there.
"This will be my first visit since I drove the ambulance down," he said.
"I am looking for help getting all these books down there and would love to hear from anybody who thinks they can help.
"The uniforms are old ones, when the school turned into an academy the uniform changed.
"This time we will be bringing a book all about Bovingdon and while I am out there, I will help them to create their own book about Georgetown which I will bring back for the children here."
On Nic’s previous visit in 2008, he donated an ambulance to the Gambian President, gave 650 Christmas presents to the Georgetown school children donated by Bovingdon youngsters.
The trip also raised £750 for the Georgetown Trust and £750 for Bovingdon Primary Academy.
The Georgetown Trust is a charity that raises money to sponsor young boys in Gambia through their education and even offers an annual scholarship for the top pupil to go to university.
Education in the country is free for girls but can cost £185 for a boy to go through six years of schooling, including exam fees.
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