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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle graduate prepares for mercy trip to South Africa

A selfless young woman is heading to South Africa in the new year to help orphans living with HIV and Aids.

Beth Lund, of Dalston Road, Carlisle, has raised more than £5,000 since graduating from university last year to fund the trip.

She will be leaving for Cape Town on January 6 as part of a volunteer internship to work with vulnerable and orphaned children and young people in one of the townships which has been affected by HIV and Aids.

Beth, 24, has been overwhelmed by the generosity she has received during her fundraising drive.

The former Trinity School student has also been documenting her mission on her online blog, entitled Beth Goes To Africa.

She explained: “I have made posters and cards which I have sold on stalls and I have been working two jobs to fund the trip. I also did a 24-hour sponsored fast. The response has been amazing.

“It’s going to be a life-changing experience and will help me figure out what I want to do in the future, because I want to work with children,” added Beth.

“I’m a little bit nervous about leaving my family but I’m just so excited.

“We’re having a nice family Christmas at home and then I’m off for six months.”

Beth’s mum Julie said she has always had a desire to help poor and vulnerable people.

It started when she was five and kept telling her parents that she wanted to make cakes so she could teach a man to fish!

Julie said: “Eventually we worked out that she had seen an Oxfam advert that, in a nutshell, said give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

“Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Consequently, she had a little cake stall in the front garden.

“Her faith, as well as her compassion has motivated her. I don't think that I am the only person to feel proud of her.

“Young people have such a bad press and so few opportunities that I think Beth is a shining example of the truth about the generation we are handing our future over to, which is that the future is in safe hands.”

Beth is now excitedly planning her post Christmas trip.

She will be updating her blog, http://bethgoestoafrica.wordpress.com, regularly during her time there.

 

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