Teenager to take on 100 miles for Africa

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A TEENAGE girl will run an ambitious 100 miles this month in a bid to raise £2,000 for a trip to Ghana to build classrooms for underprivileged children.

Olivia Cary, 15, of Shoreham Beach will be taking on the South Downs Way challenge on October 24 so she can raise enough funds to take part in the Ghana project.

In conjunction with Davison High School, where she attends, and expeditions specialist World Challenge, Olivia and her class mates hope to be embarking on the experience of a life time in July 2015.

Olivia said: “I’m doing it over nine consecutive days, and I am starting in Winchester.

“Family and friends are running with me on different days to give me support as I know it is going to be a really tough challenge.”

Once in Africa, the pupils will be working to help build more classrooms in Ghana for a local school and work together with the local community to share experiences that will hope change lives.

Olivia continued: “I’m really looking forward to interacting with the local people and wish to gain as much as I can from the whole experience.

“We will be working as a team, including camping on-site, building classrooms, and helping to develop the local community.”

Before Olivia makes it to her goal, she must take on The South Downs Way - a long distance footpath and one of Britain’s favourite National Trails.

It runs for around 100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne.

“I am a runner for Worthing Harriers and have also represented Sussex,” she said.

“I have been training hard over the South Downs and also along Shoreham Beach where I live, so I’m hopefully now fit and ready for the run,” she added.

The Davison Ghana Appeal aims to raise enough funds to purchase and build a brand new secondary school for Maranatha Preparatory Academy in Ghana.

Students visited the village back in 2013 and pledged to help and support the school and their local community.

Olivia is currently trying to raise her £2,000 target on FundRazr as part of her 100 mile challenge.

If you would like to donate, visit http://bit.ly/Ztceoc