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Out of Goodwood – Into Africa!
Venue: Goodwood Estate, West Sussex
Date: Sunday 17 JuneTime: 8.30 am – 4 pm
Ticket price: £50 for adults, £10 for children (£35/£5 for those bringing their own picnic lunch)
This summer AMREF, Africa’s leading health charity, is bringing the spirit of Africa to the beautiful shades of the Goodwood Estate. Founded as the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa in 1957, AMREF today is bringing lasting health change to the continent's poorest and most marginalised communities. On June 17th, AMREF UK’s President the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, who has a longstanding and intimate relationship with the organization, will host an African themed family day and sponsored walk to raise money for its life-saving work on the continent.
The AMREF Hike for Health, which takes place during the morning, offers enthusiastic walkers the chance to experience the magnificence of the Goodwood estate first hand, with a sponsored 20km walk around the estate. As an extra challenge, AMREF is encouraging participants to complete the course carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack, so as to really bring home the reality of the sizeable walk to collect water that thousands of Africans, especially women and children, face every day.
As the Hike for Health walkers scale the heights of the West Sussex countryside, a shorter educational walk to the Iron Age hill fort ‘The Trundle’ is planned for children, and those who wish to enjoy the vistas of Goodwood in a more relaxed manner.
As well as all the walking, there will be an array of African music, dance, and craft activities to keep all the family entertained. Baxterbear, a special friend of AMREF who flew with the Flying Doctors in Kenya will also be making an appearance, and there might even be the chance of seeing his plane. To add to all this, a silent auction will be held throughout the day, with fantastic lots including a one week stay in a farmhouse in Normandy and exclusive tickets to the Richmond Enclosure at Goodwood racecourse. Finally, after a spectacular lunch, drummers and dancers from the award-winning Iroko Theatre Company will perform their interactive Jamboree - a thrilling end to a fun-filled day.
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon has been President of AMREF UK since 1995, but his involvement with the charity dates back to 1956, when his wife had a chance meeting on Kensington High Street with the mother-in-law of AMREF founder Sir Michael Wood. Following an invitation to afternoon tea at the house of a stranger, His Grace was persuaded to become involved with AMREF, and his family is friends with the Wood family to this day.
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