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21 March 2012
Moving new pictures sent back from Zambia are providing a powerful glimpse into the lives and the people a University-inspired charity is supporting.
They come as a group of intrepid walkers from the School of Medicine and Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board gear up to walk 33 miles later this month, a challenge that reflects the distance expectant mothers in Zambia have to walk to get medical treatment.
The images are being sent back by the founder of Cardiff-based charity Mothers of Africa, Professor Judith Hall, School of Medicine, who is currently in Zambia conducting a needs assessment to see where Cardiff expertise can help.
Professor Hall said: "We want to build solar powered classrooms in the Chongwe province of Zambia, equipped with hard wearing computers which can be used to help educate everyone caring for mums and the mothers themselves. These classrooms cost £4000 each.
"They will also be used to teach health science to young children. These facilities can make such a difference so it really is important that we raise as much as possible."
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Chair, David Francis, who will lead the group of walkers, says the snaps are a powerful motivator as he and colleagues intensify their preparations for their arduous trek.
David Francis said: "These images are a powerful reminder of the lives we’re hoping to improve through the important work of Mothers for Africa and its Go Zambia initiative.
"To see pictures of the people we will be helping through the walk, people who are having to cover these distances while with child and in incredibly difficult conditions, simply helps to spur us on and makes us even more determined to make a difference."
The money raised will go towards improving education and maternity facilities in Zambia. To see pictures from Professor Hall’s trip visit: www.flickr.com/gozambia
Anyone wanting to support the ‘33 miles, 33 people’ walk can sponsor the initiative at www.justgiving.com/DavidFrancis30 or by obtaining a sponsorship form by emailing email@example.com.
More information is also available by contacting Professor Hall on 029 2074 3110 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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