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Nic Nix
post Apr 2 2011, 09:48 PM
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Hi guys.

To everyone who doesn't know me I'm Psy's sister and I thought this would be a good place to come to ask for a bit of help as I have done on iGTA5.com

Basically while I was in Kenya last month I visited a Maasai village that had absolutely nothing except houses made of cow poo and a couple of goats. The children had to walk for hours all by themselves to get to school, in the baking hot sun and with the dangers of wild animals such as lions and elephants just wandering around.

I'm trying to raise enough money to build and kit out a nursery in the village that will benefit the whole community and provide both girls and boys with an education, as the Maasai culture is that boys are educated but do nothing whereas the girls cannot go to school as they need to collect water, build houses, cook, look after the children etc.

There are two ways you can help me.

1) Register here with every email address you have. Yes you have to sign up which is annoying, but it literally takes 30 seconds and you can cancel your account after you've voted. The Co-Operative Group in England are holding a charity competition and which ever charity gets the most votes gets 5,000 to help fund their project, it's as simple as that. It's free to vote and as I've said it literally takes seconds but could make a huge huge difference. The current winning charity has 410 votes which really isn't a lot to beat if everyone could register from a few accounts and get friends, family, their girlfriends etc to do it too.

2) During lent if you've given something up please donate the 50p you would normally spend on chocolate or crisps so that we can give these children their nursery as soon as possible, and also ask your family and friends. If you gave 5 all it would mean is you went without one drink on a night out. If you gave 10 it would mean giving up a take away for one week, but it would change the lives of the people in the village forever.

I know normally when you give to charity you don't know where the money is going or what it is being used for, but 100% of the money raised will be going directly to the village to build this nursery and there will be a visable difference as they have nothing at all now, but hopefully within a few months or a year they will have a solid brick nursery complete with furniture and equipment.

Every single penny would be greatly appreciated so please give anything you can, even if it is just a bit of loose change.

There's more information about the village and the project on my Just Giving page.

Please help me spread the word around your work places, schools, colleges and universities.

Thank you.
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Nic Nix
post Apr 3 2011, 09:15 AM
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Haha I won't give up until I get the nursery built!

Well I'm at uni training to be a nurse, and last year I was given the opportunity to undertake a 5 week international placement, so I went to a really rural part of Kenya and did some teaching and nursing there last February and so since then I've been in love with the country and doing little things to fundraise for that charity.

Then I entered a competition through PG Tips (the tea brand) and actually won, and the prize was flights to Kenya and 5 days in Kericho which is the area they grow like 80% of the world's tea, but I extended the flights so that I could go on another safari with John, the same guy who took me the previous year. John and his wife own the charity Development Direct and last year I'd tried applying for this Vodafone World of Difference competition where they pay you to work abroad with a charity for a year, but unfortunately I didn't win it but obviously have been linked to the charity since then. John does his safari's differently cause he's actually trying to benefit the local communities and Masai Villages, whereas tour companies always skip through those parts and put you up in a luxury hotel, but John goes for camps and lodges owned by the local people. So we spent a day at this Masai village meeting some of the villagers (the women had already been sent out to collect water by this point) and they were explaining everything that needs done, and you just think to yourself these people literally have nothing, but despite this they are soooo happy. Then you think of everyone back home who will happily spend 50+ on a night out, or the same amount on a meal out, or even the same on a new coat or new pair of shoes, and you think surelyyyy they could give up a tiny percentage of that for one month to help someone who has nothing! But as I've found when I've come home people don't want to part with their money or even take 30 seconds to vote which is slightly annoying so I'm trying to find new ways to fundraise! I'm selling loads of clothes and things on eBay just getting a few extra pounds, I sold my bike, I'm writing to companies asking them to donate things to raffle off and I'm even thinking about doing a sponsored sky dive (although I'm not sure about that one cause I'm terrified of heights and it costs 250 to do so I'd need to raise loads even to cover the costs).

Anyway now that you've had my life story... Please vote? Haha.
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post Apr 3 2011, 02:11 PM
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I'm impressed. And you're even willing to skydive in spite of your fears!

How is it to live there from a sanitary and hygienic point of view? You have to bring your own food and water to avoid sickness? I would never dare eating their food. I don't blame them who stays at luxury hotels.


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