Slum it to aid Africa

PUBLISHED: 11:07 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

Ref: P2930-44-08SH

Ref: P2930-44-08SH

A GROUP of Exmouth youngsters were set a challenge to sleep in slum conditions to raise money for African street children. The Exmouth Chapel Youth Group (ECYouth), aged 10-14, made shelters and slums out of rubbish before sleeping in their shelters overnight

A GROUP of Exmouth youngsters were set a challenge to sleep in slum conditions to raise money for African street children.

The Exmouth Chapel Youth Group (ECYouth), aged 10-14, made shelters and slums out of rubbish before sleeping in their shelters overnight.

Each youngster taking part was sponsored for their efforts and raised a total of £300 for African street children. The group used wood, metal, plastic and cardboard to create their shelters and were given basic rations of food, rice and a dahl blend of lentils and spice to eat.

A series of challenges were organised throughout the day enabling youngsters to win pillows and blankets if they were successful.

Youth worker Jenna Burnett, who runs six weekly Exmouth youth clubs and other activities said: "It was a great opportunity for the young people to see and experience what it is like for street children living in poverty.

"The young people had fun but also learnt how fortunate they are with the things we have here in the UK. It was a great and worthwhile experience."

For more details about ecyouth visit: www.ecyouth.com

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