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Challenge yourself with a unique trip to South Africa in World Cup year and help tackle bowel cancer

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by Cancer Research UK | News

25 November 2009

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The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK is offering up to 40 participants a travel experience with a difference to the beautiful Republic of South Africa, just months before the country hosts the World Cup.

Project South Africa departs for the country’s outstanding West Coast on the 7th March 2010, where participants will spend ten days restoring the Sandeberg primary school near Leipoldtsville. Working together, they will renovate a local football pitch, school garden and playground to help the local community, while raising vital funds for research into bowel cancer in memory of footballer Bobby Moore.

As well as working on the renovation with the other participants, professional footballers Luther Blissett and George Parris will be football coaching local children throughout their stay. After ten days of working on the Project, the trip ends on a high note with a ‘handover’ ceremony where participants return the newly renovated school to the local community, followed by a football match against local team.

The team will camp on a hill adjacent to a stunning game reserve near the school. The surrounding West Coast region offers scenic beauty, flanked on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the east by Swartland, known for its undulating wheat fields and vineyards.

Participants will get a truly local welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with the community and exchange cultures. All of the 40 students at Sandberg primary school come from the surrounding farming areas, where their parents are either employed on wheat farms or tea farms.

No professional building experience is necessary, so it is a unique opportunity to learn new skills such as painting, paving and glazing, on the job.

There are limited places available on Project South Africa. To take part, each participant has a minimum fundraising target of £4,000, excluding the registration fee. 

To find out more about taking part in this or future Projects, please visit The Bobby Moore Fund website