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Africa project inspires Bryn’s London Marathon debut

Just Regional
Apr 19, 2024 2 mins read

A fundraiser will be making his London Marathon debut to help provide Zambian villagers with safe drinking water.
Bryn Harrison, 19, from North Walsham, will be joining the April 21 race to help fund the installation of a solar-powered borehole on the edge of the Zambezi flood plain.

MAN ON A MISSION: Bryn Harrison with Zambian children during his visit to the country.

Last July, former Aylsham High School pupil Bryn visited Western Zambia with his dad Geoffrey, who had previously worked with Rotary to help children with no access to safe water.
“When I saw how people and children in rural areas of Zambia live it was upsetting,” said the Paston College student, who will be starting a geography degree course in September.
He said: “Dirty water causes diarrhoea which results in high levels of child mortality. It was also amazing and inspiring to see just how many lives have been changed for the better by the drilling of boreholes and provision of solar electricity through the North Walsham Rotary Club (which closed a few years ago). There are still an overwhelming number of people who need our support – such as those pictured in the small village of Mweeke, who do not have access to clean water and are forced to drink from a hole in the ground at the edge of the Zambezi flood plain.”
Bryn will be running the London Marathon to raise money for Mweeke and other villages in Western Zambia.
“All the money raised will go towards the funding of a new solar-powered borehole with the help of our trusted friend in Zambia, Father Francis Wakung’uma, (a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Mongu), who accompanied us throughout our trip last year. My dad and Rotary have worked with him for the last 10 years to help change many lives through 10 boreholes, and some latrines.”
Recently, Rotary Club of Wroxham Bure Valley and other sources within Rotary have paid for a borehole at a boarding school in Mongu. Since Bryn and his dad visited in July 2023, Zambia’s rains failed in the season from October to February and a National Emergency was declared.
“If we can fund this borehole it will not only prevent child mortality and diarrhoea, but will also help to irrigate crops,” said Bryn.
Donations can be made via www. justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bryn-harrison

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