By Tristan Harris Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 06/09 10:10
A HAGLEY runner will take part in a 5k race tomorrow (Saturday) as part of her drive to help a project that tackles poverty in Tanzania.
And Jessica Crees, 24, has also been given a place on the Government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) which will see her travel to the country next month to work on a development programme for ten weeks. The ICS enables young people to contribute to long-term development projects in countries, such as Nicaragua, India and Tanzania.
There Jessica, along with Tanzanian volunteers, will help address some of the issues facing the area, including improving access to education and sustainable natural resources.
She said: “This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most.
"I’m really excited to get out there.”
Jessica is hoping her run will raise £800 for Raleigh International which operates the ICS scheme and is appealing for Standard readers to sponsor her.
She said: “My 5k run is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target.
"I’ve been training hard and I’m hoping everyone will give generously as a result of my effort."
To sponsor Jessica, visit www.justgiving.com/jhcrees or text JCRI89 £2 to 70070.
For more information on the ICS or to apply, go to www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 780 7400.
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