Vale for Africa afternoon tea raises money for Uganda
12:02pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
VALE for Africa held a very successful summer tea party on Sunday (August 25) at the home of one of their members.
In the beautiful secluded gardens on the outskirts of Llantwit Major, supporters and guests enjoyed tea and home-made cakes. Money raised will help to fund an eye care project set up in partnership with Vale for Africa’s link community, Tororo, which is a rural area of Uganda. Vale for Africa is sponsoring a group of optometrists, who will go into the villages to undertake eye tests to help identify preventable eye disease. Eye disease is a problem which can ultimately lead to blindness if left untreated, and it can have a devastating impact on children’s education and future employment prospects.
A spokesperson for Vale for Africa said: "We were really pleased that so many people came along to enjoy afternoon tea with us. We raised over £300, and we would like to thank our hosts, Sian and Jasper, and everyone who supported us and made cakes. Special thanks to our partner organisation the Safe Foundation, who sold crafts made in Tororo, to the School of Optometry at University of Cardiff, to the Deputy Mayor of Barry, Cllr Paula Hardy, and to Cllr Chris Elmore, Vale Council Cabinet Member for Children’s’ Services, and prospective parliamentary candidate, who took time out of their busy schedules to attend."
Vale for Africa was founded in 2008, and is a community link between the Vale of Glamorgan and Tororo, Uganda. Vale for Africa is working to help early diagnosis and treatment of preventable eye diseases, and to equip a community library in Tororo. The Vale for Africa scholarship enables a Ugandan student to study at Atlantic College, St Donats. The first student graduated in May, and he is now studying engineering in the USA. Vale for Africa would like citizens of all ages, from both the Vale of Glamorgan and Tororo communities, to benefit from this link, by developing a shared understanding of each other’s cultures, and learning about each other through an active and sustainable community partnership. More information can be found by contacting the secretary, email@example.com, or via the website, www.vale4africa.co.uk.