Blue Chip Funded Charity Trip Returns from Africa

Top Quote Money from Blue Chip's charity football match sends Youth Club members to help build an orphanage in Africa and funds educational IT equipment for the children there. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 13, 2010 - Leading IT specialist Blue Chip has raised over 5,000 enabling members of Southampton's 521 Youth Club to visit Tanzania where they volunteered to work on an accommodation block at an orphanage, a program run by not-for-profit organisation, Light in Africa (www.lightinafrica.org).

    The money raised through the Blue Chip Charity Football Match held at AFC Bournemouth in May funded the Southampton volunteers' travel and accommodation, with Blue Chip also donating a range of hardware and software for the orphanage, including 10 Laptops installed with a variety of Encyclopaedias, learning software and games; camcorders; digital cameras, portable photo printers, projectors and memory sticks. They also received a selection of educational and entertainment DVD's to be played through the laptops.

    Richard Cook, Managing Director at Blue Chip, said: "As a local charity we have supported 521 Youth Club for a number of years and are privileged to have enabled some of its members to have an active role in such a worthwhile project, and one which will no doubt leave a lasting impression them. We also donated the IT equipment as hands-on learning aids, which will hopefully benefit the children at the orphanage and enhance their learning experiences for years to come."

    Fourteen pupils from Canford School also took part in the project to build the orphanage. Accompanying them was Canford School Society Chairman, Peter Fowler, who said: "The use of these laptops at Light in Africa will provide a mixture of educational opportunities together with a chance for these deprived children to experience film and cartoon entertainment for the very first time. Blue Chip has provided very important sponsorship for the trip which was a tremendous success with our group of teenagers returning home very moved by their experience of true poverty and hardship."

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