Katie Walsh, Volunteer Livingstone 2023

A project by: Katie Walsh

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Fundraising to get to Zambia to deliver programmes of sport and education in local schools

Saints Sport Volunteer Livingstone

Saints Sport has been running international volunteering programmes in Africa for over 10 years, primarily in the capital of Lusaka and surrounding rural communities. To continue our commitment to support the important work Sport in Action are undertaking across Zambia, Saints Sport launched a programme in Livingstone.

This will be the third year of its running, where we will spend six weeks supporting Sport in Action to provide practical and theory-based programmes of sport and education within schools.

The work will seek to strengthen the placement work already taking place in the school catchment areas, to ensure the work of Sport in Action is achieving even greater reach.

To ensure sustainability beyond the six weeks there will be a strong emphasis on capacity building, including support for facility developments, equipment, and leadership support for community volunteers.

Who am I?

My name is Katie and I am a first year student studying Psychology at the University of St Andrews. I am also a kids coach at Saints Sports Centre, where I plan and run birthday parties and help coach at the in-service camps during the holidays.  At the classes, we provide a range of activities for kids in primary school. I have also previously worked at David Lloyd where I coached sports, dancing, cheerleading, yoga, and art classes for children ranging from age three to eleven. I can lead engaging and fun classes whilst also supporting children who need a little extra help. I am excited to be given the chance to share my love for coaching to kids who are not given the same opportunities to play games and sports. I will be joined by other members of Saints Sport who will also help to deliver sessions in their chosen sport. 

My Story 

Along with other volunteers from St Andrews, I am going to Zambia for six weeks this summer to mentor peer leaders in PE classes. By doing so, I hope to enable them to improve their leadership and coaching skills and run the programme themselves with the aim to make it sustainable once we leave.

Where will the money go?

• Covering the cost of travel, vaccinations, accommodation. (and if I meet that target).

• If I raise more funds these will support in country costs and areas of greatest need relating to the programme.

Rewards

I'll also be giving out some rewards to thank people who are donating so please check them out!

Fundraising Events

Alongside this, myself and the other volunteers going to Zambia will be raising funds through some team events in the upcoming months. We have the St Andrews colour run on coming up where I will help run a series of carnival games that will be fun for all.

Please help me succeed!

You don't need to give money to help me succeed!

Please share this project with anyone you think would support me – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog. Please don’t forget to sign up as a Helper or Follower.

In fact, share it with everyone you know - it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely I am to achieve my goal. And I know I said you don't need to give money to help, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen. I am so excited to be taking part in this wonderful project. Thank you!

(All donations received over and above my target will be held securely for the sole purpose of Volunteer Zambia initiatives – now or in the future.)