Lower sixth fundraiser Seun Odusanya decided that this year on her family holiday to Nigeria she wanted to do something worthwhile, using her trip to help those in need.
In the week leading up to her visit, Seun recruited friends and family for baking duties and held a cake sale at her church. She raised an amazing £419, more than double her original target.
While in Nigeria, Seun spent several days volunteering at the Living Fountain Orphanage in Lagos where more than half the children are HIV positive. She bought food and basic supplies for staff as well as donating £200. She also taught the teachers new nursery rhymes to sing with the children.
During the second week of her holiday, Seun volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy Centre which was set up by Nonye Nweke in her own home when her daughter was diagnosed with the condition. Seun learnt more about the work carried out at the centre and donated £200, she said:
Every time I go to Nigeria, I see the poverty and I always promise that I will do something to help. This year I decided it was time for action. I can only describe my visit as a true eye opener. You don’t realise how fortunate you are until you experience the conditions some people live in.
Seun is studying for A-Levels in Religious Studies, Business Studies and Classics spends her free time volunteering at Laurel Bank Care Home as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. She hopes to study International Business at university before securing a job within the United Nations.
She described her overall experience in Nigeria:
The staff at both centres were so grateful for the time I spent there and the donations that I made. Knowing that I have made a difference to these two organisations and changed lives for the better is an amazing feeling.