THE founder of a Rolleston charity which supports the education of children in Africa is preparing to take that extra step to help the cause.
David Yates, who set up Educating Others with his wife Brenda, is getting ready to take part in three sponsored walks in three days to boost funds for the charity.
It is the latest in a long line of fund-raising activities, which have helped to raise more than £10,000 over the last three years.
Mr Yates, of Burnside, Rolleston, told the Mail: “It will be hard work, because it’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but I am looking forward to it.”
He will be accompanied by friend and supporter Joshua Owen as they head to the Peak District to undertake walks in Castleton, Hope and Edale.
The pair have already completed two sponsored walks up Kinder Scout and Castleton Ridge, as well as numerous other outings in other areas.
All the money they raise over the three days in September will go to two causes which are supported by Educating Others, Gua Africa’s Emma Academy, in South Sudan and the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organisation in Zimbabwe.
Mr and Mrs Yates set up the charity after befriending a Zimbabwean national over the internet. He was studying for a masters degree at the time and told them how lucky he felt to have had the educational opportunities which had been given to him.
“He said he was so grateful for how things had gone that he was going to give so much a month for the rest of his life. We jumped at the chance to be involved,” Mr Yates said.
The charity now has eight trustees both in the Burton area and in other parts of the world, and has been selected as the charity of the month at a church in the area on two occasions.
Mr Yates estimates the charity has raised around £10,200 so far.
The money has been used to support two children through high school in Leer, South Sudan, and an orphanage in Harare.
Visit http://educatingothers.wordpress.com/to sponsor the pair.