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Blooms leads the return to Kenya

27 October 2012

Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust to continue life-changing work in a poverty-hit region of the country next June

The Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust are returning to Kenya in June to continue their life-changing work in a poverty-hit region of the country – and the club's longest-serving player Matt Bloomfield has become the first volunteer to secure his seat on the plane.

“It’s a completely different challenge to the one I face at 3pm every Saturday but it’s one I’m really excited about, and I hope as many Wanderers supporters as possible can join me in making a real difference to the lives of people who need our help.”

“I spoke to the boys who went out last time and was fascinated to hear how much of a difference they made to those children in such a short time,” he said. “We all take small things for granted at times, but there are people in the world who aren’t as fortunate as us and I feel we have a responsibility to lend our support.

Inspired by their experience, the Community Trust – in partnership with African Adventures - have pledged to take a larger team with them this time around, and Bloomfield says he had no hesitation in agreeing to take part when the opportunity arose:

A team of five representatives from the club visited Nakuru (in the south-west of the country) last summer to carry out essential maintenance to a school which would have otherwise been forced to close, potentially leaving hundreds of children without access to education in their locality. The volunteers also taught in the school, renovated the buildings, helped the locals cook food and also found the time to pass on their footballing skills in the evenings! The trip aims to raise funds for the Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust, whilst supporting African Adventures’ partner projects in Kenya, and providing supporters with a life changing experience. The money raised for the Community Trust will help fund the charity’s disability coaching scheme in the High Wycombe area,

which offers vulnerable adults and young people the opportunity to play and enjoy football, creating a level playing field for all. “Additionally, we are excited at the prospect of supporting the Community Trust. Most of all, Wanderers fans and staff will have a life changing experience and will have positively engaged with over 1000 children who live in extreme poverty.”

Dan Mew, UK Development Manager at African Adventures, said: “We are delighted to continue this partnership with the Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust. Volunteers on this trip will help support our Community Development Pledge, where we have committed to providing schools and youth centres across Kenya with teaching, coaching and community support, as well as development assistance.  

June 2013. Supporters of all ages are welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. There is no upper age limit. rdVolunteers will have the option of a 7-night or 10-night trip, both starting on Monday 3 If you are interested in the trip, please contact Darren who will be able to send the information pack via email. For more information, visit the
African Adventures website.

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