In 1995 Bere Alston resident Julie Overnell found herself volunteering in the Tabora region of Tanzania with a charity called Health Project Abroad. With a group of volunteers Julie assisted the locals in building health dispensaries in remote villages.
Julie and her husband Jonathon have been involved with FUM since 1996 a Devon/Kent charity that for the last 50 years has helped the villagers in Tabora in many ways. A few examples are funding education programmes, health dispensaries, creating school links with UK schools, sponsoring school children & recently student nurses to enable them to receive an education & qualification, providing water pumps. All money goes direct to Tanzania & is used to help those areas in need. When not fundraising Julie runs, along with a friend, the Chatterbox Parents Group in Bere Alston & works in a local NHS hospital.
Julie and a group of supporters, both local and from further afield, will be taking part in their 3rd annual ‘Walking for Water’ walk on Saturday 10 June. Last year the group walked the Plym/Erme trail and raised over £6,000. This year they are staying closer to home and walking the Discovery Trail from Kit Hill to Calstock via Horsebridge, a distance of around 15 miles. All money raised will go towards providing clean water supplies to villages in remote areas in the form of pumps or rainwater harvesting – whichever is most appropriate for the village.
If you would like to take part please contact email@example.com or to sponsor the group Julie has an online fundraising account for the event httpss://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/julieovernell2