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Student rides unicycle to help in Nepal

PUBLISHED: 13:45 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:38 03 July 2010

charity project: Student Robbie Bennett, from Stalham, is part of a team preparing to take part in a seven-week charity project in rural Nepal.

charity project: Student Robbie Bennett, from Stalham, is part of a team preparing to take part in a seven-week charity project in rural Nepal.

A STUDENT has been inspired to spend his summer holiday helping people in one of the world's poorest countries.

Robbie Bennett is part of a team preparing to take part in the seven-week charity project in rural Nepal.

A STUDENT has been inspired to spend his summer holiday helping people in one of the world's poorest countries.

Robbie Bennett is part of a team preparing to take part in the seven-week charity project in rural Nepal.

This summer, the 20-year- old will be swapping life in his home town of Stalham for the foothills of the Himalayas. Living and working with a Nepalese family, Robbie will be helping to improve life for people in the tea-producing town of Ilam.

A former student at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, he is studying physics at Bristol University.

Robbie decided to take part in the project for Bristol Volunteers Overseas following a talk by one of the charity's representatives at the university.

He said: “Part of our work will be tackling the causes of illnesses such as diarrhoea and anaemia by introducing sustainable technology.

“Last year, a group of students helped construct toilet blocks, a playground and school classrooms.

“I have been travelling before but now I feel I want to make a difference and get involved instead of just looking in from the outside.”

Robbie has raised £650 for building materials and educational resources and is riding a unicycle in the Bristol 10km race to help boost the total.

Donations can be made at www.CAFonline.org/charityprofile/bvda or e-mail rb7423@bris.ac.uk.


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