A massive achievement in a short space of time during a world recession.
In just 18 months, Village Africa raised £40,000 to buy a new ambulance to take sick and injured people in Yamba and Milingano the three hour drive to hospital in Tanga.
In Village Africa’s first five years, the charity reduced the death rate in remote villages in Tanzania and used its sole vehicle to transport seriously ill patients to hospital day or night. It is highly likely that these patients would have died without this assistance.
As Village Africa only had one vehicle which was used for all its activities, the Ambulance Appeal was launched. Without the Village Africa ambulance service it is a two day walk to hospital. Common emergencies include malaria, pneumonia and complications in childbirth. Many patients needing urgent hospitalisation are babies.
You can see from the photos how difficult the terrain is.
Village Africa is using a new Toyota Landcruiser as the ambulance as it is one of the few vehicles which can cope with the mountain drive and has local mechanics to carry out servicing.
MANY THANKS to all who supported the Ambulance Appeal.
Village Africa would particularly like to thank the major sponsors of the Appeal:
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
Southern Ambulance Preservation Society
Meetings Industry Meeting Needs (MIMN)
St James’s Place Foundation.
Click here for a full list of donors.
Click here to read the many different ways the money was raised by hundreds of people. Together we did it. ‘It is possible.’
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Ambulance Drive
We are delighted that the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy supported the Village Africa Ambulance Appeal by organising the first fundraising event: an ambulance drive around the UK. Yes that meant driving around the UK – which proved to be not a small task! There were many adventures along the way. It covered over 1400 miles. The route included Scotland, Wales and England (North, South, East and West), started and finished in Portsmouth. The drive took place between 11-25 June 2010. It visited various Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Branches. It raised the profile of the Ambulance Appeal and was featured by local radio and press. It also raised lots of money through its academies with their students and their associates.
We are raising funds to buy an ambulance for Village Africa. If for any reason we can’t buy the ambulance, or there are surplus funds left over following the purchase of the ambulance, the excess will be used to support Village Africa’s work in health and education.