A SHIRLEY student is preparing to embark on a life changing mission to Brazil to work with underprivileged children.
But 19-year-old Simon Hands, of Northbrook Road, needs sponsorship to help him on his way.
Simon, who studies English literature, Spanish and Portuguese at Nottingham University, will be travelling to the country this September on a voluntary statement with the Christian charity Latin Link, which organises projects to help poorer communities.
While the fine details of the trip are still being decided, the project will involve teaching English to young children and adults and helping to run community sports or building projects.
Simon said: “As a young person, I have always been involved in voluntary organisations such as the Boys’ Brigade, Urban Saints and other youth groups. I know that these organisations have really shaped the person that I am today.
“I believe it is really important for this sort of work to continue and as I am studying Portuguese at university, I have been provided with a unique opportunity to go out into communities in Brazil to give young people the same opportunities that I had when I was young.”
“These kinds of projects have a positive effect on whole communities, helping to keep children out of trouble, and keeping families together.”
If you can support Simon’s venture, you can donate to the cause by going to his charity webpage: www.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonHands.