A VILLAGE footballer is gearing up to travel out to Africa to help revamp a remote village school while at the same time raising money for cancer research.
David Blackmore, who plays for Kershaw Senior B side Outwell Swifts, is travelling to Namibia in June as part of an international project run by the Bobby Moore Fund.
The project will see the 24-year-old join a group of volunteers in the Tubusis settlement, in the Damaraland region of Namibia, and spend 10 days giving Tubusis Primary School a much-needed facelift.
The Upwell resident said: “Although the school buildings are in reasonably good shape structurally, they are in need of general repairs to walls, paint work, doors, ceilings and windows.
“The building that houses the library is in a really bad condition and requires a major revamp, including the installation of new floors and proper furniture, the conversion of part of the library into a computer room and the provision of books to stock the library.
“As well as completing all of this work, there is also scope for the project team to create a football pitch on the school grounds - something we take for granted here.
“I am really looking forward to travelling out to Namibia and hopefully we will make a huge difference to the lives of all the pupils at Tubusis Primary School as well as the surrounding area.”
It will be the second international project Mr Blackmore has been on. He went to South Africa last March to revamp Sandberg Primary School.
He said: “The biggest thing that really hit home for me was seeing that the schoolchildren had nothing to do during their lunch breaks except seek shelter from the sun - a stark contrast to schoolchildren in England, who enjoy playing football or climbing on a jungle gym during their breaks.”
Mr Blackmore needs to raise £4,000 to take part in the trip with half the money going towards bowel cancer research and the rest going to the project costs. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/davidblackmore4