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School team setting off for Uganda 11 July 2007

A TEAM from St Ninian's High School is setting off for Uganda next week to work on a primary school it has raised money to create.

The building, which will house 300 children, has been built on a 17 acre plot of land in Kiwumu.

It is the result of Mad4CiU, a frenetic year of fund-raising by the whole of St Ninian's, which has exceeded its £30,000 target by £10,000 before the year has even ended.

A final, colourful event, the Manx Youth Charity Fashion Show, takes place at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on Thursday, July 12 at 8pm, with tickets costing £3.The St Ninian's team heading for Uganda

Meanwhile, the St Ninian's team departs for Uganda on July 19 and will carry out painting work on the school, which has been fully built.

Teachers Kristina Crawford and Geoff Corke and 11 sixth formers will spend a week sleeping at the school on matresses on the floor. They will then stay in guest houses, returning to the Island on August 7.

As well as painting, they will create a mural to mark the partnership between the schools. They will also help on a programme to assist street children in the capital city, Kampala, said Kristina.

Kristina, who is the assistant head of sixth form, said:

'The response to the Mad4CiU appeal has been astounding and it is with great pride that I will take a team out to Uganda to represent St Ninian's High School. I am delighted to have spent time in Uganda myself and I now get to share the experience with students.'

She added:

'They will learn a lot from the adventure. Personally, the aspect I am most looking forward to is seeing how our young people are tranformed in terms of how they view themselves and the world they live in. They are going to come across realities that they may find challenging but they will also meet some wonderful people and that is what makes Africa so special.'

Kristina thanked companies and organisations that have provided funding and resources for the trip: Anglo Irish Bank, Bell Burton Associates, City Plumbing Supplies, Irish Nationwide, Kinrade's Pharmacy, KPMG, Nationwide, Newson's Ltd, Public Health, R.C Turner/Intersport, the Salvation Army, St Peter's Church, Onchan, Tower Insurance and Zurich International.

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