Young volunteer Jenna Hardy will leave Leeds behind to work with poverty-stricken people in West Africa.
The 23-year-old from Leeds will soon set off on a 12-week international development project, which focuses on promoting the rights of local women, children, young people and people with disabilities.
To raise the necessary £800 for the trip, Jenna will host a Ghana fundraiser on Thursday, November 22.
The event at the Leeds Irish Centre, which starts at 7.30pm, will include a performance by Leeds University’s Ghana Society, live music by local band Jack’s Attic plus a DJ.
A charity raffle and auction will also be held, with prizes donated by Leeds Rhinos, Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Deer Park Restaurant and Absolute Bliss Beauticians.
Jenna said: “I decided to volunteer so I could work on a real development project that will make a genuine difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
“This is a great opportunity and could be a life-changing experience and I’m really excited.”
Jenna applied through the new International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme for 18 to 25-year-olds and will be working with the York-based development charity International Service during her visit to the country.
Tickets for the Ghana fundraiser cost £5 and are available by calling Jenna on 07921 253 677 or on the door at the Leeds Irish Centre.
All money raised will go towards the work of the International Service charity to enable more young volunteers to work on similar projects to help to fight poverty.
To sponsor Jenna, visit: www.JustGiving.com/JennaHardy
For more about the projects by ICS, visit: www.dfid.gov.uk/ics or: www.ics-uk-org.uk