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Pink Pandas in Swaziland

Pink Pandas in Swaziland?  Not a new species of wildlife but a youth group from Cambridge!

The Pink Pandas recently took part in a visit to Swaziland  for 3 weeks to do community work and actually helped build a classroom and library for the community of Shewula.

The Pink Pandas are a group from Netherhall School in Cambridge. Consisting of nine Year 11 girls, the group has been together for five years working on various projects.

They came up with the idea to go to Africa and they have been fundraising for two years to make the project happen by running cake sales, a quiz night, organising a barn dance and working at various local festivals and fetes. They also applied for and received Youth Opportunities funding to support the trip.

As well as the building project, the girls also helped teach in the school, which is for children who are orphans through HIV or cannot afford to go to school.

Finally... they even found time to complete a Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition!

"This is a brilliant example of young people doing great things and of youth workers supporting it to happen." - Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council.

A video will be coming soon but in the meantime check out all of the Pink Panda's photos at: www.flickr.com/groups/pinkpandas

Photos by Ian McLaughlin

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