A Herstmonceux-based charity is hoping schoolchildren from across Sussex will get involved in a World Cup fundraising campaign aiming to kick out poverty in rural Uganda.
With the massive global sports event getting underway last Thursday the Quicken Trust is keen for schools across Sussex to back its Summer of Hope appeal and take part in sporting events and other fundraisers for the cause.
The charity has a host of ideas for schools to participate in and raise cash for impoverished Ugandan youngsters at the same time.
The Quicken team has produced a project sheet which includes ideas such as a sponsored penalty shoot-out; a cake bake off competition and a fashion show with an international theme.
All the money raised for Quicken will go to help children in the village of Kabubbu just north of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, which is slowly recovering from the devastation of AIDS and malaria which left more than 400 children orphaned.
To help teachers make the most of educational opportunities offered by the World Cup, Quicken has also put together resources in a power point presentation.
It can be downloaded from the Quicken website or the Times Educational Supplement.
Quicken also hopes the campaign will inspire youngsters across Sussex to join its Student Advisory Council which aims to help the charity reach a new generation of supporters.
The trust said the campaign has been supported by four local MPs.
Its founder, Geoff Booker, said, “Football is great way to bring people together – even people who don’t actually like the game.
“The kids in Kabubbu love football and will be following the World Cup avidly even though Uganda didn’t qualify.
“It’s great that youngsters in Sussex can unite with them through the campaign, putting the boot into poverty and putting food on their plates.”
To find out more about the charity visit: www.quick entrust.com or call 832361.