Naomi Calder, a 17 year old A-level student at George Abbot School in Guildford, with the help of BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital is asking the local Guildford community to support her campaign, to help Mukidoma school in Tanzania and its 60 albino pupils, by donating their old mobile phones and sunscreen to her ‘African Aid Appeal’.
Her campaign is being supported BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, where Naomi is a part-time receptionist. 15 A-level students from George Abbot School, will visit Tanzania, where they will teach children at Mukidoma school in Arusha basic first aid skills. Often children in Tanzania live miles from a hospital and have limited access to basic medical care. The school’s visit will allow the A-level students to teach the children basic first aid skills that could mean the difference between life and death.
Naomi has expanded the scope of the aid trip after hearing about the plight of the 60 albino children at Mukidoma school, “Because they lack the skins natural protection from the sun they are unable to play with their friends out in the sun and are not able to join in with the activities that the other children at the school enjoy,” Naomi commented.
Albinism is a genetic condition whereby people are born with little or no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair. It is estimated that there are 17,000 people with the condition in Tanzania. The lack of natural protection from the sun means that the albino children at Mukidoma school have an increased risk of skin cancer. It is estimated that their average life expectancy is just 30 years.
“After hearing this and seeing the pictures of the other children playing out in the sun and looking so happy I knew that I had to do something for them. The answer as it turns out was pretty simple, sunscreen”
Naomi is asking for the local community in Guildford to support her “African Aid Appeal” in two ways. For the albino children she is asking for bottles of sun cream and for the school she is asking for old mobile phone so she can trade them in for cash that can be used to purchase computers and teaching materials.
“Old mobile phones and used bottles of sunscreen are things that we all have at home lying around in a draw or in the bathroom cabinet, I’m urging everyone to have a rummage and see what they can donate to this campaign,” Naomi concluded.
Naomi hopes to raise £1000 for the school by trading in the phones, and has a target of providing enough sun cream to last the 60 albino children at the school until 2012.
Eileen Scrase, Executive Director from BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital said, ‘We are all exceptionally proud of Naomi and what she is aiming to achieve with this campaign. She has shown tremendous compassion and drive for someone so young and we are extremely proud to be able to support her campaign. At Mount Alvernia Hospital we have urged all our staff to contribute what they can, but if Naomi is going to reach her target then we will need to get the local community involved.’
You can help Naomi by bringing any new or used bottles of sun cream or old mobile phones to the reception at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX. The mobile phones must be in working order and have their battery. The sunscreen must have an SPF of 20-30 and must not have passed its expiration date.