A COUNCILLOR is walking from Eastbourne to Hastings to raise money for impoverished orphaned children in Africa.
Cllr Richard Vallery-Peters hopes to raise around £1,000 on the 23-mile hike from Eastbourne train station to Winkle Island on Sunday, October 9.
He has already received pledges of more than £400 so far, with more than half of it being pledged by Phoenix Mini Coaches.
Cllr Vallery-Peters said he will use the money raised to help an organisation call the Network for Vulnerables Rescue Foundation (NVRF), based in Tanzania.
He said: “The government out there gave the organisation some land but it had to raise money to build a new school with dormitories for the children.
“The NVRF is now having to build another school house and dormitory and I am trying to raise funds so it can do just that, hence this 23-mile hike.”
Cllr Vallery-Peters hopes to go to Tanzania in November using his own money and will take the proceeds of his sponsored walk out there so materials can be bought a lot cheaper.
He will be spending two weeks in Tanzania as a volunteer helping in an orphanage’s school.
Cllr Vallery-Peters has recently been appointed as the UK agent for the NVRF.
If anyone would like to sponsor Cllr Vallery-Peters they can write to him care of the town hall in Queens Square or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the NVRF log onto www.nvrf.or.tz.