Tanzania charity appeals to students looking for a new venture

By Rachael Grealish

IT’s a time for celebration and a new generation as a Cumbria Rungwe Community Link (CRCL) launches a new cycle.

Cumbrian students embracing the Tanzanian culture in the charity's 2016 outward visit - photo by Ashleigh Huddart

Cumbrian students embracing the Tanzanian culture in the charity’s 2016 outward visit – photo by Ashleigh Huddart

The CRCL is opening up to a new cycle of students from all around Cumbria to take part in the two-year cultural exchange with a launch event at Bigrigg Village Hall on Friday October 7, at 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this will be the beginning of the 15th two-year cycle cultural exchange cultural exchange charity between students from Cumbria and Rungwe, a district in the Mbeya region of Tanzania.

The launch event is aimed at students in year 11 and 12, only, to get involved in the two-year project- the cycle has two climax points – an inward visit in the first year, where students from Tanzania come to Cumbria for three weeks and an outward visit in the second year where students from Cumbria spend a month in Tanzania.

During the two years the Cumbrian students will take on different fundraising opportunities to raise money for ongoing projects in Rungwe, Tanzania – they will also participate in events that will support and involve the local community.

Jessica Jenkinson was part of the 2014 to 2016 cycle and went out to Tanzania this year.

She said: “Being a part of both the inward and outward visit proved to be a very fulfilling for me. This was down to being reunited with the students that came over England and meeting all of their families.”

The launch event will offer prospective students the opportunity to speak to leaders of the charity, past students who have been involved and to learn more about the opportunity of being involved.

Beth Young was also part of the recent student cycle that went out to Tanzania, she said: “One of the reasons I got involved was because the charity offers such a unique experience and a chance to experience whole different culture.”

Adults from the community, who would be interested in volunteering for charity, are also encouraged to go to the launch event to find out how they can be part of the CRCL.

The CRCL rely on volunteers from the community to keep it going and acknowledge thanks to both Copeland Community Fund and Cumbria County Council that help fund the project.

The CRCL new cycle launch evening takes place at Bigrigg Village Hall, on Friday October 7 at 6.30pm to 7.30pm.