Raise a laugh for charity

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IT will be gags galore for a Morpeth-based charity as it embarks on a new venture.

The Jitegemee school building project for Tanzania has hit on the idea of producing a RAG mag to help fill its coffers.

The scheme, standing for Raise And Give, would see an online publication produced, packed with jokes, stories, puzzles and other features, as well as information about the project.

Supporters would pay to download it, or to submit their own jokes to be published.

The idea has been put forward by charity supporter Lindsay Taylor.

He said: “When I remembered the idea of the RAG mag I thought it would be ideal, especially doing it online.

“I have already come up with some jokes and some well-known Morpeth characters, such as Gordon Wilkinson, have said they will contribute.

“People will be able to download it from the charity’s website for £2, or if they want to put their own joke in it would be £1.

“We should be able to get it all sorted fairly quickly. If it really takes off it could be a big fund-raiser.”

The Jitegemee charity was founded by the late Carlotta Johnson, of Hepscott, to build a school in the African country.

Mrs Johnson was the driving force of the fund and within three years her small team of helpers had managed to raise around £250,000 for the project and building work got under way.

Sadly, Mrs Johnson was not to see it completed after succumbing to a tumour on her lungs last November, just two months after diagnosis.

Now her friends are determined to raise the remaining £100,000 needed to complete the school in her memory.

And Mr Taylor hopes that recent events to celebrate local Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison could provide some inspiration.

“We are remembering Emily Davison at the moment and her motto was ‘deeds, not words’. Carlotta lived up to that, raising a quarter-of-a-million in just three years, but there is still £100,000 to go to get the school built.

“Carlotta was so passionate about education in Tanzania and getting people to see the bigger picture.”

For more information about the charity and the magazine, visit www.jitegemeeproject.org