Friends/family/people unfortunate enough to have to read this,
As some of you may already know, this summer I will be spending 7 weeks in Zambia as part of the Durham Student Theatre Zambia Project. The trip will involve drama and-music based workshops in local schools, orphanages and community centres, with the aim to engage in the discussion of pressing health and social issues, working towards a dialogue on subjects such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and gender based violence through the medium of community-based theatre. Confused? Me too. The group who took part in the same project last year (the first time Durham has taken a theatre group out to Zambia) made a huge impact, and found the children they worked with to be hugely attentive and receptive to all of the games and exercises which they used in workshops around the country. If you’d like to read more about the project, this will give you a bit more information:
In order to get to Zambia, I’m spending a fair amount of time fundraising. Over the past couple of terms I’ve been doing a lot of busking in Durham, in the freezing cold, dressed inappropriately (see photo). We’ve been doing really well so far, mostly busking on Saturday evenings when people are so drunk they don’t seem to realise how much they’re giving us. Not sure if this is morally appropriate but it seems to work. Meanwhile I’m also working in Dad’s practice, although not necessarily wearing a wig or such ridiculous clothes. This term I’m planning on baking cakes and selling them to desperate students outside the library who still haven’t handed in their dissertations or who are suffering from exam-related stress. Again, this does seem to be a technique which works...
On the 9th of June, I'll be running the National Trust Durham Coast Half Marathon. If any of you feel like sponsoring me I'd be very grateful, but if not I'll get a nice run along the beautiful coastline up here anyway, so I'll be happy either way. Since the organisation we’re going with is not (yet) a charity, I can’t set up a justgiving page but this is a (nearly) free alternative. Some of the money I raise will go towards the work done by Sport in Action, who focus on creating and maintaining sustainable projects in Zambia which make a great difference in a positive way. The vast majority of the money raised does go on flights/immunisations etc though. If any of you are interested, or would like more information, please send me an e-mail ([email protected]).