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Cooking your way to Uganda

Thursday 2nd February 2012

A young woman is fundraising to support her trip to Uganda this year to build houses for Ugandan teachers. Joanne Christy will be heading out to Africa with our own local charity Abaana which has already done so much good work for those much less fortunate than ourselves.

A young woman is fundraising to support her trip to Uganda this year to build houses for Ugandan teachers. Joanne Christy will be heading out to Africa with our own local charity Abaana which has already done so much good work for those much less fortunate than ourselves. 

As part of her fundraising efforts she has come up with a very inventive way of reaching her financial target, she is literally cooking her way to Uganda. Joanne is inviting friends of her parents to a dinner party, doing most of the cooking herself and simply asking for a donation at the end of the evening. My wife, Melanie and I attended one of her dinner parties last week and I was so impressed by her efforts I thought it important enough to bring it to the attention of the North Down public. 

Joanne ‘I suppose this idea is different and that appeals to people. It’s nice because you’re actually giving them something in return rather than just asking for their donation‘ 

Fiona Baxter who works for the charity says, ‘The youth team we are taking out this year play a crucial role within our projects in Uganda. We are very excited about this project in particular and the tangible difference they will make to the young people and children in Uganda. Joanne’s inventive approach to fundraising is just the type of thing we encourage

The trip is from the 6th to 28th July. For those interested in supporting Joanne you can donate to her at www.justgiving.com/joanne–christy or contact Councillor Peter Martin via the NDBC website.

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