THE African nation of Uganda is a world away from Tamworth, but this week local children can help kids in need simply by taking home a new addition to theirgarden.
GARDEN GURUS: Preparing to plant their seedlings in aid of the Chilli Kids charity were Emma Saban, 2, Breanna Saban and one-year-old Ellie Hampstead. Photos: Geoff O’Neill 230914GOA01
Carinya Christian School is running a Grow and Go fundraiser in Centrepoint Arcade this week, with all funds going towards Chilli Kids, a charity based in south-west Uganda helping disabled and orphaned children.
For a gold-coin donation local children can visit the Grow and Go pop-up shop, plant a seedling and design a name tag for it, before taking it home.
The partnership between Carinya and Chilli Kids is a new one, the school buying the soil and seedlings so all donations can be forwarded to the charity.
The charity gets its unusual name from the innovative program it promotes, the families whose children are registered with the project taught to grow chilli and sell it, giving them a means of self-reliance.
Chilli Kids identifies children in need of help through regular surveys of the region, before providing access to the likes of surgery, life skills, medical outreach and education.
Grow and Go is in the vacant shop next to Aldi and is open each day until Friday, from 10am until noon.
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