College Baking Challenge Aims to Raise Serious Dough for Ugandan Children
Nestled against a stunning African back-drop of majestic mountains and rolling hills is Uganda Lodge – a community project run by staff and volunteers, working tirelessly to improve the quality of life in poverty-stricken Uganda.
Thousands of miles away in West London, a tutor from Kensington and Chelsea College has started her own fundraising efforts for the project in preparation for a stint as a volunteer at the lodge.
Tracie Mccarthy, who helps deliver courses at Feltham Prison under the college’s OLASS contract, has teamed up with colleague Tracey-Jane Hyder, to bake and sell more than 60 cakes a day for the next two weeks to raise money for Uganda Lodge.
Supported by the college, the cake-baking duo are hoping to raise some serious dough from the mouth-water challenge, with the money raised going towards extending a village school built through the project.
Hoping to pitch in with the building of the school extension, Tracie, 39, will be ditching her home comforts to fly out to Uganda at the end of November to work as an unpaid volunteer with the Lodge.
She was inspired to get involved with the charitable venture following a trip to Uganda three years ago and her mum’s involvement with the project.
The Lodge is based 40km past Mbarara, in South West Uganda and since being set-up it has helped establish a community centre, school and skills training workshops in the local community.
Tracie from Middlesex said:
‘The work being carried out by Uganda Lodge is just incredibly inspiring. You can’t help but want to get involved and over the last few years it has become a big part of my life.’
‘As well contributing towards any manual work involved with building the school extension, I’m also hoping to teach the children basic English. I’m really excited about the trip and can’t wait to meet the children in the village, especially the triplets I sponsor.’
Speaking about the baking challenge, Tracie’s colleague and budget administrator for the college, Tracy-Jane Hyder, said:
‘We literally finish working at the college and go home to bake cakes all night. It’s been hard work and I don’t think we’ll be getting much sleep in the next two weeks but it’ll be worth it’
‘We’re doing about 60 a day in all shapes, sizes and flavours from carrot cakes, icing cakes and fairy cakes to special orders! They seem to be going down a treat. People have been really generous so far but there is still lots more money we could raise.’
The big-hearted fundraisers are also making a special plea for blue school jumpers and black or grey trousers for children aged 10 or under.
Tracie Mccarthy said:
‘All the children in the school are sponsored and the lodge relies heavily on donations for class room equipment and uniforms. I’ve bee told how proud the children are to wear the uniforms as being in school is big deal for them.’
‘I really hope people will be kind enough to donate clothing or classroom equipment like books and pens, even if they can’t donate any money. Everything helps!’
Anyone wishing to donate money towards Uganda Lodge can do so online by visiting www.ugandalodge.com
Date published: 8 November 2010