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Nolan's Mongolian Fundraising Adventure!

Nolan's Mongolian Fundraising Adventure!

In a moment of pure madness/ midlife crisis (perhaps due to me being 40 this year), I agreed to ride across the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on a dirt bike with 14 other guys from around the globe. The trip is in a remote part of 'Ovorkhangai' province, Mongolia, and we travel south from Ulaanbaatar to the edge of the Gobi Desert, returning via a more mountainous landscape. Accommodation will be wild camping in tents with no luxurious facilities. I was raising money for Medcare and for the UK...

MAG Graduates Trip to Uganda

MAG Graduates Trip to Uganda

The entire 2014 Manchester Airports Group graduate intake alongside two members of the HR department was very fortunate to visit Uganda in February 2015 with Medcare. During the (packed) week visit, we were involved in a range of different activities; from organising a sports and crafts day at a local school to painting the interior and exterior of a home.

During our visits to the orphanage at Bukulule, Wellsprings Medical Centre and the school in Kamutuuza it was clear to see the children loved the small toys, sweets and bubbles we have brought in our cases. It was apparent from the moment we stepped off the minibus in Bukulule that the children were really excited to meet us, all of them rushing over to give us a big welcome hug. 

Team visit to Uganda - Geoff Hutchinson

Team visit to Uganda - Geoff Hutchinson

Our group of 7, shepherded by Pauline at all times, were privileged to witness the start of a new enhanced health provision for the children of Kamutuuza and surrounding villages. Ian Howarth’s photographs have gone a long way to capture the essence of the events surrounding the launch of the newly extended and equipped Wellspring paediatric medical centre. However, the atmosphere of optimism was palpable and the tangible hope and spirit of joy in an otherwise deprived community was humbling.

Everyone shed a tear or two when genuine heartfelt thanks were expressed by children and their carers. Our hearts were broken when we thought for the briefest moment about the facilities enjoyed in the UK by our own children, at home and school and hospital, and the life ‘challenges’ for the beautiful and smiling and loving children in rural Uganda.

Team visit to Uganda - Sarah Kemp

Team visit to Uganda - Sarah Kemp

Uganda is a beautiful country, full of beautiful people and our first visit in November was extraordinary on many levels. It was uplifting, shocking, engaging, levelling, breathtaking, frustrating -  an experience that will never be forgotten. We thought we understood what abject poverty is, but you can never prepare yourself for experiencing the reality of it. There's a statistic out there somewhere that says millions of people in the world live on less than a $1 a day, very hard for us to imagine but we met families who would probabl be ok if they actually had $1 a day, but most don't.

Uganda is a country where 85% of the population are engaged in either agriculture or subsistence farming. They live in the most beautiful lush green equatorial country, no home is  more than a few yards away from crops of corn, sweet potatoes, green bananas, tea, coffee, every kind of produce you can imagine, and yet so many are severely malnourished or starving.

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