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06 April 2016

Charity Cycle for Tanzania Partnership 

Three Lower Sixth pupils cycled 115 miles over the Easter holidays to raise funds for the Tanzanian charity ‘Light in Africa’.  Starting at Tanzania House at 8.30am on Saturday 2nd April, Bella, Emilia and Ellie aimed to ride from London to Wimborne with just one overnight stop in Winchester.  Day one began rather hair raisingly, when they were nearly run over before they had even left the city.  That day continued to be really tough and hard going; the weather was not kind, and the group found the off road mud and rain a real challenge.   However on day two spirits were high and the three reached the Canford arch by an impressive 3pm on Sunday 3rd.   An amazing time given the only training had been a single 5 mile bike ride the previous week!

Light in Africa was established in 2000 when Lynn Elliott from the UK (affectionately known as Mama Lynn) felt a calling to come to Africa and help the many children impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Since those early days, it has been estimated that more than 350,000 children and adults have been assisted in the community. The organization runs nine homes for children, offers a food kitchen in the mining region, and provides medical outreach in rural villages. The homes provide the basic needs for each child in its care, giving them a quality education, vocational training, and nurturing love.  As a result, each child has a sense of belonging, from birth through adulthood, in the big Light in Africa family.  Each summer a group of Canford pupils travels to Tanzania to help the Light in Africa communities, their work ranging from entertaining and teaching the children to hard physical labour helping repair and replace buildings and facilities.  For more information about the school’s work with Light in Africa as part of the Canford Partnership, please visit

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