A DICKENS Heath teacher moved by the poverty she witnessed in Kenya is preparing to push her endurance to the limit to raise money for the deprived country.
Naomi Lane spent her summer break last year helping some of the poorest children in Africa, volunteering in the local schools and orphanages with the Happy Africa Foundation.
“The clips you see on Comic Relief do not prepare you. It is only when you see it with your own eyes do you realise how bad the conditions are,” said the 28-year-old.
Naomi decided to go on the life changing mission to ‘turn her life around.’
“I just wanted to do something life changing and the travel agent suggested I do some volunteer work so I just went for it,” she told us.
“I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what I witnessed. The poverty, the dirt, the smells, were truly gut wrenching.
“These children have nothing but they’re so happy - they don’t know what they haven’t got because they have never had it in the first place.”
Inspired by the work of the Happy Africa Foundation, Naomi has decided to continue supporting the charity by taking part in a bike ride across Cumbria, coast to coast, from Whitehead to Newcastle.
Naomi said: “When we arrived at the children’s ‘playground’ in Kenya, which was actually a landfill site, and I watched the children playing amongst the rubbish, I promised myself I would do something to help these children.”
Naomi takes to the road for the 160 mile trek on June 5. To donate, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/coast2coastmachines