By Julie Overnell, Bere Alston
After the hot sunny weather we have had recently it seems unbelievable that our annual sponsored walk on Saturday 10th June could have been so wet! A group of eighteen set out from the top of Kit Hill (where we couldn’t even see the Summit Stack as it was so misty!) and headed through Luckett to Horsebridge then back to Luckett following the Discovery Trail to our destination at Calstock. A total of just over 15 miles.
We were raising money for The Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala (FUM), charity no.265345, a small charity working in the Tabora Region of Tanzania, specifically in the Districts of Nzega, Sikonge and Crambo.
FUM launched a Jubilee Appeal in 2014 with an aim to raise £50,000 which would be used to provide reliable sources of clean water for the village clinics that FUM support. There have been many different charity events to raise money for the appeal. The last two years walks in Devon & the Sussex Downs have raised £9000 -a fantastic amount. This year’s pledges for the Devon/Cornwall walk alone amount to £4200 but we would like to increase this amount
FUM, over more than 50 years, has been helping with the development of rural villages in Tanzania and concentrates on supporting 14 village clinics, providing sustainable water supplies at clinics, colleges and villages through the provision of boreholes, wells and rainwater harvesting. Educating young villagers by providing training in woodwork, metalwork, tailoring and agriculture as well as providing bursaries for children at primary school who are orphaned or from very poor families which have enabled many to continue on to secondary education. For more information about FUM’s work please see the website, www.fumuk.org.uk
Julie and Jonathan Overnell, who live in Bere Alston, volunteered in the Tabora region of Tanzania in 1995 with a charity called Health Projects Abroad and with a group of volunteers, assisted the locals in building health dispensaries in remote villages. They have been involved with FUM since 1996. Isabel Heycock was a VSO in late 1960’s at Tabora School for Girls and has been a member of FUM for many years.
Julie and Isobel arranged this walk specifically to raise money for this project and were joined by family, local friends and some from as far as Kent, the youngest member being Ruby, aged 10 years who walked an impressive 11.5 miles without complaining.
The walk, although in very wet conditions, was very enjoyable & had many laughs & giggles as we went along imagining the fantastic views! We would like to thank all those who have kindly sponsored us so far and if anyone would like to donate to this worthwhile cause please have a look at Julie’s ‘mydonate’ page, httpss://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/julieovernell2 or contact Julie on 01822 840452.