WHEN a team from Burton Albion arrive in Ghana in May to start a 10-day visit with African Adventures, they will know all about the country they are visiting thanks to Pingle School and geography teacher Simon Waller.
Burton Albion Community Trust will be taking a team of volunteers to Ghana to take part in community projects providing education, sports coaching and building support.
The group are hoping to make a difference to the lives of the children in Ghana but at the same time funds raised for the project will also contribute to the work of the trust providing opportunities for people across the wider Burton area.
To get ready for the trip, Billy and Betty Brewer and a host of other people involved in the trip went back to school at the Coronation Street site for a quick geography refresher lesson.
Matt Hancock, community manager at the trust, told the Mail: “The Pingle School is one of the local organisations represented on the visit to Ghana, so who better to ask for help in our preparations for the visit than the geography department at the school.
“Simon entertained the team with facts and figures about Ghana and Africa, all of which will help in our preparation for the visit.”
Mr Waller said: “I was born in South Africa and have travelled widely there.
“I think the team will need to be prepared for extremes of poverty. Three and a half million people lack access to guaranteed clean water sources and 87 per cent don’t have access to improved sanitation.
“It is a county where 3,000 children under five die each year from poor water and sanitation.”
“The Ghanaian people are friendly and welcoming. They obviously love football so will be delighted that Burton Albion Football Club is visiting. Football fever will be in full swing just before the start of the World Cup in Brazil.”
Anyone wishing to support the team from Burton Albion Community Trust can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/bact