Liam’s African quest heats up in Leven

Liam O'Donnell Leven student africa charity challenge
Liam O'Donnell Leven student africa charity challenge
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A physics student from Leven is set to undertake the trip of a lifetime to Ghana in June - if the local community can help get him there.

Liam O’Donnell (22), who is currently in his second year at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, needs to raise £1000 for charity organisers Thrive Africa.

He said: “I have decided to challenge myself to Ghana because it has always been a dream for me to volunteer in a developing country and also I believe it’s an experience that few people have in their lifetime.

“The projects I will be working on will make a long-term, positive impact.”

Those projects on the month-long visit include building libraries, preventing disasters, orphanage development and welfare in Kumasi in the south and Bolgatanga in the north.

Liam, a former student at St Andrews RC High School, was previously involved in community work, as chairman of Broom Active and as a volunteer worker with Fife Council.

He stressed he had already funded the actual trip to Ghana himself but still needed to raise £1000 in sponsorship to take part in the charity programme.

“I still need to raise a great deal of money,” he said.

“I fully appreciate that this is a difficult time, but I cannot stress enough the effect this money will have in helping others.

“All the money goes directly to local Ghanaian charities and will make a long lasting difference in and around the two main regions I will be heading to - thus avoiding the so-called ‘parachute’ effect of some charitable groups.”

Thrive Africa - established in 2009 - offers volunteering oportunities to promote the advancement of education and relief of poverty.

Last year the charity built 77 school libraries, donated 80,000 books and built 74 farms for caregivers of orphans with HIV/AIDS in Ghana.

To contribute money or raffle prizes to Liam’s appeal you can post to: 30 Old Mill Court, Leven KY8 4EF or email liamod2003@live.co.uk or phone 07954 325 586.

His fundraising event, featuring live music and a prize raffle takes place at the Douglas Arms on Saturday, April 26 at 7.00 p.m. Tickets are £3 at the door.

Liam’s fundraising page is thriveafrica.co.uk/fundraising-page/?id=350