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Creative change NI and Gambia

This year I am going to Gambia to facilitate a World Community Arts Day event in a school there to launch an ongoing Art Aiding Africa project in Gambia.  I have helped the school in small ways since 2004 and will continue to do so, introducing World Community Arts Day to the Gambians as a means of promoting caring and sharing.  I care about the Gambian people and want to share a message with the world about the educational needs of creative and talented young students whose families often struggle to buy uniforms and to pay school fees.  The school itself struggles to pay teachers wages.  We take so much for granted in Nothern Ireland!  I am in the process of getting Art Aiding Africa recognised and registered as a charity in Gambia.  There they call them non-government organisations.  An NGO can do more there if I can do more at my end.  It is a two-way street.  I am also trying to get some more support for the cause locally. For those not sure about what Art Aiding Africa (which is me) does, you can check it out on my Facebook page:  ART AIDING AFRICA FACEBOOK PAGE I am busy packing, getting the World Community Arts Day banner ready, and making the arrangements (by long-distance), so being my usual hectic self ha ha!


Hayley Fern of Rawlins Community College, Quorn, is holding the World Community Arts Day on February 17th   in aid of Inter Care- Medical Aid for Africa. All budding artists from the ages of 4-16 years old can enjoy this creative day from 10am – 4pm. Booking essential- £3 per place (event always sells out). £1 will be directly donated to Inter Care- to help provide medical aid to rural Africa. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be opportunities to make and sell art work, pin badges, teddy bears and enter a raffle to raise funds so that we can continue to tackle medical waste in the UK to save lives in rural Africa!

Harry Ludlam of Inter Care would like to thank Hayley Fern for her support with this event and is looking forward to meeting with these budding artists on the day.

To book a place at the World Community Arts Day please contact Rawlins Community College on (01509) 622827 or visit