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End of term fun at charity festival

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Pupils marked the end of their school year in style with a special charity music festival.

Young rock and pop stars took to the stage to entertain the crowds at Longbenton Community College’s AfricAid Festival.

As well as performances from students and local bands, there was also fairground rides, events run by the army and a football tournament.

It was the third time the college has held the even to raise funds for charity Team Kenya, which helps empower the community in the remote town of Ndhiwa.

Amongst those performing was 13-year-old former Teenstar UK area finalist Zoe Willcock

Zoe, of Benton, said: “Our school has been raising money for a while for Team Kenya, but when a teacher came to speak to us and told us about life in Ndhiwa it really hit home what a difference our fundraising can make and so I came up with the idea for the charity CD.

“I love singing and it was brilliant to go to the recording studio. I’ve raised around £200 so far.”

Geography teacher Kat Davies, who organises the annual event, said: “This festival is a great way to end the term and raise money for Team Kenya. This year’s event was even bigger and better with more local talent and activities.”

The school has also received funding support from Pebble and the Quorum Business Park.

Team Kenya founder Val Wilson said: “We really value our relationship with Longbenton Community College, they are dedicated supporters of Team Kenya and have been fundraising for us for many years. We are always looking for more school links so I would encourage anyone who is interested to please get in touch.”

To donate to Team Kenya visit www.teamkenya.org.uk/donate

 

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