Chloe is 23 and is currently in her third year of nursing at Swansea University. This Summer, Chloe joined Play Action International on a volunteer project of a lifetime, helping to transform lives through building a playground for a local community, by taking part in Project Play.
Now, Chloe is setting her sights on not one, but two volunteer projects and will be volunteering abroad all over again in both Kenya and Uganda in Summer 2024. Both projects will see Chloe join other university students as she builds a playground in each country, ensuring disadvantaged children can enjoy the far-reaching benefits of play for years to come.
Chloe has been fundraising in the last few weeks and has already doubled the amount raised. At the time of writing this blog, Chloe has raised over £3,000 of her £5,000 target which is an absolutely incredible achievement. Despite being a full time student Chloe’s dedication to fundraising is inspiring to other students across the UK who will be venturing to East Africa in 2024.
Chloe said: “I am taking part in monthly challenges, activities and also giving up something I love each month in order to raise money. This month I am walking and cycling the equivalent distance of the whole length of Uganda, which is 489 miles. I aiming to walk 10,000 steps everyday, if I don’t manage on one day, I will then donate £20 to the charity myself. My fundraising target was £1,350, I am currently at £3,000 which I raised over the last four weeks and all that money goes to the charity.
You feel really involved, and this will be the second trip, so I’m really looking forward to it. I will be working with around 13 others and we all sleep within the school while on the project, with the work days starting at 6am and finishing around 3pm, before we spend time with the children too. It is so rewarding to see a finished playground and the children’s faces when they get to use it for the first time.”
Sorcha Kennedy, Play Action’s Senior Volunteer Coordinator said, “Chloe’s fundraising shows that each and every individual has the potential to bring so much to the organisation and get so much out of it – when Chloe signed up at Swansea we could never have expected that she’d come out with us two years in a row and raise so much for us.”
Want to support Chloe? You can donate to her fundraising page here. Discover more about volunteering with Play Action here.