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Porthleven 'pound coin' fundraiser to help children in Gambia

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

  • Ali Calvert's school Mariama Mae Pre-School in Gambia.

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FUNDRAISERS in Porthleven have come up with an ingenious way to raise money and help children in Africa.

They intend to line up pound coins, making a chain around the harbour.

If they can get all the way round, they say, they will have raised £20,000.

The feat will be attempted in May to raise money for a pre-school in Gambia, as well as some money for Porthleven School.

The Mariama Mae Pre-School was opened in 2008 by Ali Calvert, from Breage, who works in Porthleven.

She said: "We are calling the event Power Of The Pound. Our aim is to bring the people of Porthleven together to make a difference to those less fortunate in Gambia.

"We have a huge goal which is to surround the harbour with as many pound coins as possible within a three-day period.

"We want to make the longest line possible of pound coins. If we managed to get all the way around it would raise over £20,000 which would keep the pre-school running for many years.

"We will also donate some of the money to Porthleven School and also to the youth of Porthleven."

The pre-school in Gambia is named after a physically disabled child from the village of Gunjur.

Ms Calvert befriended the child and convinced the local school to take her in, which she said was unusual in a country which stigmatises disability.

She went on to found the nursery and raises money each year.

The Porthleven group also recently held another fundraiser at Out Of The Blue bar in Porthleven with an evening by mentalist Peter Treverrow.

Ms Calvert added: "The charity evening was held to ask people to help us spread the word about this event, and we have already had many offers of help for the event itself which is fantastic.

"We have already had offers of help for our event in May but we need much more.

"We are looking for people who could provide a service or entertainment during the day, to help us raise money towards our goal.

"We would welcome community groups and individuals alike. As a small group we are strong, but with the community of Porthleven helping us we would be very powerful, and able to make such a massive difference."

To contact Ms Calvert call 07875 532772.

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