Amy pairs up her skills to help Zambia
9:20am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
AMY Coward has seen for herself the difference fundraising can make to the lives of some of the world’s poorest children in Africa.
The 24-year-old visited Zambia to see how money she helped to raise was helping children to survive — inspiring her to raise even more cash.
Next month, Miss Coward, who lives in Horwich, will organise a charity fun day in support of Unicef.
Miss Coward, a team leader at Clarks in Middlebrook Retail Park, supports Unicef as a Shoebiz Ambassador, collecting unwanted shoes for recycling, which led her to visit Africa.
She said: “This was an amazing experience and I really got to see how much the charity has helped those less fortunate than ourselves. I came back with a better understanding and a passion to do more.”
Miss Coward, a former pupil of St Joseph’s RC High School, saw how the charity helps provide the healthcare, nutrition, education and protection that children need to survive.
She visited several schools, community creches, projects and intervention programmes. Miss Coward also attended an HIV and AIDS intervention programme, where she learned that half the children in schools she visited had lost parents to the devastating illness. She said: “It just made me more determined in wanting to understand the issue and go back home and do something.”
The charity fun day is on Sunday, March 24, at St Mary’s Hall, Richmond Street, Horwich, from noon to 4pm. There will be stalls, face painting and games for children, raffle, hair braiding, photos and food.
People can support the fundraising by visiting fundraise.unicef.org.uk/ MyPage/amy-00coward- Charity-FUN-DAY