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Student’s fundraising bid

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A Featherstone student is raising funds to build a science laboratory at her former school in Zimbabwe.

Orrienne Edward, 18, a student at St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College, moved to the district with her parents 11 years ago.

The teenager, who is studying sciences at A-level, has decided to help her former school by holding a multicultural evening to raise cash to build a science lab.

She said: “I quickly adapted to the Western way of life but my parents felt I lost touch with my roots, so I went back to Zimbabwe three years ago.

“All of a sudden small things that were once so easily accessible became privileges we weren’t always so lucky to have.

“Reality hit me hard and I started to understand the hardships, agony and poverty so many Africans are condemned into by life.”

When she came back to her current home in Wakefield she decided to help her former school, Rutendo High, by raising cash for a science lab.

She said: “Going to school with children who had nothing opened my eyes.

“Their hard work and perseverance couldn’t be dampened by anything, whether it was lack of resources, infrastructure or even ability to be in school.”

The multicultural evening takes place at St Wilfrid’s, Cutsyke Road, Featherstone, on Thursday April 10 from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Tickets cost £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for children and can be bought on the night.

 

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