A MORPETH teenager is starting his fund-raising drive to achieve his African ambition.
Matty Court is holding a Uganda Coffee Morning on Saturday, which will help towards the £5,100 total he needs to collect to spend a gap year in the country.
The King Edward VI School student signed up when charity organisation Project Trust visited the school last winter.
He came through a week-long selection process on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides.
If he raises the money, the 17-year-old will be teaching English to under-privileged children in areas around the capital city of Kampala and taking part in community schemes during the 2012/13 academic year.
Matty said: “I was both happy and relieved when I got an e-mail saying I had been selected, especially as it has been a childhood dream of mine to go out to Africa.
“It would be a wonderful place to visit for the culture and wildlife and I would be doing important work as learning some English will help to improve the Ugandan children’s prospects for the future.
“I’m studying English language, history and art at A-Level and have a great passion for sport and film — all handy subjects for my year away, I think.
“I’ve also started to learn the main language of the Ugandan people, which is Luganda.
“I’ve already received some donations, but the coffee morning is my first major fund-raising event. It will be a great sense of achievement to reach the target, so hopefully I will receive some support from the public.”
The event will be held in Stannington Village Hall between 10.30am and noon.
There will be a Uganda quiz and he will start a raffle to be drawn on December 1. The first prize is a silver Pandora bracelet, donated by The Jewellers Guild, and there are other prizes provided by Morpeth businesses and his family and friends.
Those who are unable to attend the coffee morning can still donate by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com and typing Matty Court in the Find a Friend box (scroll down to find him).
Alternatively, send a cheque, made out to Project Trust, to Mountain Ash, Glororum, Morpeth, NE61 6AH.