Students set to follow in the footsteps of Sir Stan
AFTER months of hard work fundraising for the their air fares 23 students from Stoke on Trent College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College are off to South Africa.
The team of teens are taking part in the Challenge South Africa project, which will see them spend 10 days working in community projects in Cape Town, from visiting an aids orphanage to visiting and helping in local schools.
And speaking to them at a special farewell event being held today afternoon will be Sir Stanley Matthews’ daughter, Jean Gough, who has previously travelled out with the students herself, representing the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation.
The foundation was established in 2000 to recognise the legendary footballer’s work in Soweto nurturing local African talent, and raises money to help disadvantaged youngsters participate in sport.
Calvin Austin, Learner Involvement Co-ordinator at Stoke-on-Trent College, said:
“South Africa is such a different environment to the one our students live in that it offers a unique opportunity for them to experience something they will never forget and broaden their horizons. They have all shown great commitment in raising the money they need to participate in the challenge, from sponsored head shaves to bag packing, and we are extremely proud of them all.”
Rachel Basnett, Schools Liaison Officer at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth form College, said:
“The Challenge South Africa project is a once in a lifetime chance for our students to experience a different culture. It will certainly give them a sense of perspective on the things we take for granted in this country.”