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Inspired to help out in Africa

Tanzania bound: Teens Ophillia Osei–Tutu, Anwar Abdiaziz, Sherif Ejiwunmi, Demi Brown, Ayomide Adediran and Adrian Anabihla with their group leaders

Six teenagers are to travel to Tanzania in Africa at the end of July, after being inspired by the film, Africa United.

Ophillia Osei–Tutu, Anwar Abdiaziz, Sherif Ejiwunmi, Demi Brown, Ayomide Adediran and Adrian Anabihla, all aged 17 to 19, are heading to Northern Tanzanian on July 28 to help out in a rural, poverty stricken communities.

“After we had gone to see the film ‘Africa United’ which really highlighted the poverty in parts of the continent, we decided it wasn’t enough just to feel sorry for people, but to try to do something practical to help them, and to learn a great deal for ourselves at the same time,” said youth worker Vicky Ademisoye, who will be one of three leaders accompanying the group to Tanzania. They were also inspired by Fairtrade Fortnight.

A poster of the film

The teens, from Greenwich in South London, and their friends spent months doing car washes and other fundraising events to raise £15,000 for the trip. They will join a project in Northern Tanzania, which has been organised in conjunction with a charity called, Go M.A.D. (Make a Difference) in Tanzania. It partners with UK aid charity Tear Fund.

The group, from Greenwich Youth for Christ, will spend two weeks working with community projects, helping to build a water tank, assisting at an orphanage, observing rural medical clinics, getting involved in HIV/AIDS education and in teaching lessons in health care to children and adults. They will return to the UK on August 10.

Africa United, released last year, tells the story of a group of African children who travel 3000 miles across seven African countries, hoping to realise their dream of participating in the opening ceremony of the 2010 South African Football World Cup.

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