A journalist from Cookham has traveled to Ethiopia to teach her trade in the hope of highlighting a charity’s valuable work.

By Luke Matthews |

Sarah Parfitt trained members of Partners for Change Ethiopia to be able to tell the stories of the people who live in Gende Tesfa, a community where a large number of people suffer from leprosy.

An online blog will be updated every few weeks for people to see where their money is going and how it is changing lives thousands of miles away.

Sarah has also established a link between a school in the village and Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookham.

She hopes the relationship will be beneficial for both and plans to teach the children in Cookham the skills she learnt on her travels, such as making coffee cups, pots and toys.

“It was an amazing experience but it has taken me about a week to recover,” said Sarah.

“Some of the images were quite haunting. The poverty was so immense there. I found it quite heart-breaking.”

The charity would also like to link families in the UK with people in Ethiopia, allowing the sponsors to get regular updates on how their money is being used.

The race is set to be her last due to a knee injury, having completed 13 marathons previously.

She hopes the money raised will be used to support the Ethiopian school’s breakfast club, proving food for students in the morning, and the construction of a new playground.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Parfitt1 to sponsor Sarah.

Source: Maidenhead Advertiser

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