Thomas O'Reilly, Volunteer Zambia 2023

A project by: Thomas O'Reilly


WE RAISED £2,149

from 74 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 19 May 2023
Fundraising for my trip to Zambia where I'll be teaching basketball to kids of all ages

A short summary of THE project

Volunteer Zambia is a programme run by the Wallace Group, which works with eight UK universities (including St Andrews). It uses sport to engage, educate and empower young people both in Zambia, around Lusaka, and the UK and enables them to learn key skills such as teamwork and communication while focusing on the enjoyment which sport can bring to the lives of young people. I will be involved in coaching children basketball as well as collaborating with local coaches to help leave a lasting legacy in the area.

Who Am I?

My name is Tom, and I am a first-year history student currently studying at the University of St Andrews. Basketball has been an important part of my life so far and I have always found pleasure in being coached and coaching others. I hope this challenge will enable me to pass on the skills I have learnt to others.

MY story

My group from St Andrews as well as other groups from universities across the UK are raising money to travel out to Zambia to provide comprehensive basketball lessons to young people of all ages. This extensive programme will build on the work of earlier years, with the connections made by previous expeditions being developed to provide basketball coaching well after we leave. This programme allows us to teach many people what we have learned playing basketball in the UK, as well as us being able to learn from the different people we interact with while developing a sports programme.

Where will the money go?

  • Funding will be spent on travel costs, vaccinations, and accommodation.
  • If I raise more funds these will support in-country costs and areas of greatest need relating to the programme.


There will be fun rewards for different levels of donation as a thank you for contributing to my fundraising!

Please Help ME succeed!

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