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School Aid boosted by quiz

PUBLISHED: 11:33 21 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:04 20 February 2013

School Aid boosted by quiz

School Aid boosted by quiz

Local charity School Aid held a fundraising quiz in Farnham Royal Village Hall, which raised over £300 to support their work.

Local charity School Aid held a fundraising quiz in Farnham Royal Village Hall which raised over 300 to support their work.

General Manager Clare Junak said: This is the first quiz night that we have organised, so we were very pleased with the number of teams that entered and with the amount raised. We hope to make this a regular event in our fundraising calendar.

School Aid is a charity based in Hedgerley in South Bucks which collects school books and other educational resources from UK schools to send to schools in Africa. It was founded in 1998 by Lady Joy Baker, who envisaged the difference that surplus educational materials from the UK would make for pupils, following a visit to a rural primary school in Hwangi National Park in Zimbabwe. Within a few weeks of her return to the UK she had collected sufficient resources for the first shipment.

Now, over 10 years later, School Aid has over 50 volunteers in the South Bucks area. Lady Baker is still involved as President of the charity. Over 100 UK schools make regular donations of textbooks and resources, and in 2011 School Aid were able to provide books and resources to benefit 60,000 African children. Over 2,000 boxes of books were shipped to schools and community groups in Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

School Aid is unusual in providing an international door-to-door service. The core purpose of School Aid is to give goods rather than financial support so that it can ensure that all donations are well used. School Aids volunteers in Africa carefully identify and review the needs of African schools, then volunteers in the UK match them with recycled goods whenever possible. All donations have zero costs for the recipient African schools.

School Aid is always looking for extra volunteers to help with sorting and packing books in their warehouse in Hedgerley, as well as requiring financial donations and assistance with fundraising. Further details can be found on the website: www.school-aid.org. Or go to http://www.facebook.com/schoolaiduk

For more information about School Aid, contact Clare Junak on 01753 883853 or e-mail office@school-aid.org

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