Help Amy help others in Africa

Southern Cross University student Amy Greenbank is holding a garage sale this Saturday to help fund a trip to Africa where she will be involved in aid work such as building orphanages and schools.

If you think studying a degree at university is hard work, spare a thought for 19-year-old Southern Cross University student Amy Greenbank, who has worked four jobs in the last year while completing a media degree to fund an upcoming trip to Africa.

And its no holiday either.

As a member of the volunteer aid organisation Australia Youth With a Mission, Amy will be living in a mud hut with a dirt floor, possibly in Ethiopia, while she helps build schools, hospitals, churches and orphanages for the local villagers.

So far Amy has managed to save $5,500 for the trip but still needs another $1,000, which she hopes to raise this Saturday, January 21, during a massive garage sale.

Amy has always wanted to go to Africa as an aid worker and says the last thing on her mind will be the creature comforts she enjoys at home in Australia.

Ive been passionate about doing aid work ever since I took part in the 40-Hour Famine, which made me realise that there are people living in third-world countries where disease is rife and starvation claims many lives, Amy said. Given the impoverished conditions that these people face every day, a short period of discomfort for me is nothing really and the fact that I will be making a difference is all that matters.

Amys garage sale is on this Saturday at 92 Rous Road, Goonellabah, from 8am. Theres plenty of bargains to be had including books, clothing, toys, rugs and roller blades.

If you cant make the sale but would like to make a donation to help Amy phone The Echo on 6622 2888.

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