A busy summer of fundraising for Africa charity

Aaron Langley, 15 and Keiran Wilson, 15, at Kettering RFC, they are having a fundraiser so they can spend a month volunteering in Tanzania.
Aaron Langley, 15 and Keiran Wilson, 15, at Kettering RFC, they are having a fundraiser so they can spend a month volunteering in Tanzania.

Two teenagers who will spend a month volunteering in Africa say they have got a hard summer of fundraising ahead of them.

Aaron Langley and Kieran Wilson, pupils at Kettering Science Academy, will spend most of August 2014 in Tanzania.

The 15-year-olds will be living in a village there, helping locals with community projects as well as spending a week assisting with the upkeep of a safari park.

At the end of their trip there will also be time for the boys to take part in a couple of days of scuba diving.

Both teenagers already have strong links with Africa, with Aaron’s family frequent visitors to The Gambia, in the west of the continent, while Kieran was born in South Africa.

And the pair, who both play for Kettering RFC, each have to raise nearly £4,000 before they fly out.

They will be sharing the profits of a car boot sale held at Kettering’s Waverley Road ground at 7am on Saturday, June 8.

Aaron said: “We are going to be quite busy with lots of fundraising to try to get as much money as we can. I am really excited.”

Aaron and Kieran have already had to put their fundraising efforts on hold while they take their school exams, and Aaron will also have to fit events in around captaining his age group’s team at Isham Cricket Club.

Among the forthcoming fundraisers are legs two and three of a three-part endurance challenge comprising the three disciplines in a triathlon.

Kieran’s dad Andy and Aaron’s father Paul will be competing in the challenge alongside their sons.

Kieran said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“It will be good to see what life is actually like out there.”

Aaron’s dad, Paul, said: “We always take spare clothes over.

“We’ve also taken them a generator.

“This February we paid £350 for villagers to have two houses built.”