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Bushcraft worker’s bid for Maasai trip funding

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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A TRIBE of Maasai warriors will swap the Kenyan savannah for the sights and sounds of East Staffordshire.

They will be the honoured guests of bushcraft worker Robin Brooke, who spent two weeks with the tribe in the African Great Rift Valley in February.

Now, the 45-year-old, of Bells End Road, Walton, said he wanted to organise events and secure sponsors for their trip to repay their kindness and hospitality.

He said: “What I want to do is put on a few events in the community so I’m reaching out and asking people to help.

“The members of the dance troop are just normal every day people with families, jobs and communities back home in Kenya.

“As such, they are just as interested in meeting us and experiencing our daily lives as I was to visit and live with them in Kenya.”

The tribe will touch down in the UK later this month for their tour which will involve performing traditional dances and giving talks on their history and culture.

They will perform at London’s Royal Geographic Society, before visiting East Staffordshire between May 23 and June 1.

So far, they are booked to attend the bushcraft show at Catton Hall between May 24-26, and meet with the Needwood Beaders Group in Barton.

Mr Brooke said: “It’s going to be an experience for them. There will be these people who are worlds apart just having a chat and a coffee.”

His trip to Africa earlier this year was part of an expedition with the bushcraft firm Woodland Ways, which helped to fund a school for the tribe and pay for teachers’ salaries.

Mr Brooke said: “This year they were hoping to be able to buy some text books for the school, and either some form very basic medical facilities or on drilling a bore hole.

“At the moment they have to walk seven kilometres every other day throughout the dry season to fetch water for themselves and their livestock, and the nearest hospital is three hours away.”

Businesses and groups which want to get involved with the visit should call Mr Brooke on 07890 898863.

Mr Brooke added that would very much appreciate the use of a minibus during their stay.

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