Read All About It! Susan’s Fundraising Event At McCooleys, Liverpool!

On Wednesday March 8th, Camp South Africa participant, Susan Deacon held a fundraising event in McCooley’s Irish Bar, Liverpool raising over £130 in just 2 hours!

Susan, from Eglinton, Northern Ireland, is currently in her 3rd year at Liverpool John Moore’s and will be joining us this Summer as part of our July 15th intake; the busiest in Camp South Africa history.

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Susan with Claire from Camp South Africa HQ, who will also be at Camp this July!

Susan co-organised the event with her rugby team, Liverpool John Moore’s Women’s Rugby, who invited many other sports teams from the university, making it a way for all of the teams to come together and raise money for the special charity participants support as part of the programme down in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Teams in attendance included the Women’s rugby, women’s lacrosse, men’s cricket and women’s football!

The fundraiser was South African themed, with those in attendance dressing up as animals and safari rangers. Some of the best dressed on the night included penguins, elephants and zebras! A raffle was held with over 200 tickets being sold. Prizes consisted of VIP entry in to local Liverpool clubs, Camp South Africa goodies, rugby balls and more.
The night raised an amazing £130+ for United Through Sport, meaning Susan is well on her way to the £500 target required to help fund her trip down to South Africa!

To see this many people, and students at that, give so generously to a cause like this warms the heart. I am so proud to be a part of this university and can not wait to get down to Port Elizabeth and help to really make a difference!

Susan is also planning to do some of her fundraising at home in Derry, with plans to take part in the Walled City Marathon in June. She is also hoping to hold another event at home, with friends and family showing their support to the charity, United Through Sport.

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Sophie’s Amazing Trip with Camp South Africa

Below, one of our past applicants Sophie tells us all about her time at Camp South Africa…

Name: Sophie
Age: 18
Country of origin: England

What reason brought you to Camp South Africa?

I was looking for something to do after I left college before I committed myself to a job. I wanted to do something selfless and something that would truly make a difference and then I came across Camp South Africa.

What were your expectations?

I went to Africa expecting to meet a lot of people similar to me, I was expecting to see and experience a different culture and to teach some amazing children.

Your favorite photo:

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Description why this photo means so much to you?

This photos means the world to me. These are just a few of the kids that I had the pleasure of teaching, and watching these kids before school or with their teachers, those smiles didn’t exist, but by spending time with them and showing interest in them we’ve managed to create personalities in them, and most importantly of all, a future.

Actuality versus expectations (what are the biggest differences):

The actuality of the trip was very similar to my expectations I think. I met some amazing volunteers who were in a way very like me, but all different in their own way, but everyone still got along so well! The culture was definitely a shock but I managed to accept that the country works in a different way to my own, and I really did get to teach some truly amazing children!

Highlight of your coaching/ teaching experience:

The highlight of my teaching experience was being able to see what a difference you make to the kid’s lives, it’s a feeling like no other.

What are you going to miss most about Camp South Africa?

Everything, I honestly didn’t want to leave, such an incredible place to be and I just felt at home.

What have you learned from your experience at Camp South Africa?

The main thing that I have learnt is to appreciate what you have because there are people out there who live off a lot less than you and still seem to find that little bit of sunshine in the biggest of storms.

What would be your reason to come back to Camp South Africa in Port Elizabeth and why would you recommend someone else to go?

My reason would be that seeing the children smile really made my day, and I miss that every day! I would definitely recommend people to go to Camp because the experience is life changing for both you and the South African community.

Last message to your Camp South Africa Family:

Ah my Camp South Africa family, words cannot explain how much you guys have changed me as a person! And I miss you all more and more every day! Leaving you killed me and I’ve never cried so much in my life :’) thank you all for being there for me when I needed you, and thank you for such an amazing and memorable time! <3