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Bexleyheath resident raising money to support voluntary work in Ghana

PUBLISHED: 13:13 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 25 January 2018

Dylan (first row, left) with the volunteers. Picture: Dylan Webb

Dylan (first row, left) with the volunteers. Picture: Dylan Webb

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A young Bexleyheath resident is raising money to support a project that tackles the stigma around visually impaired citizens in Ghana, where he will be volunteering for 8 weeks.

Dylan Webb, 22, will travel out to Ghana on April 2, with international development organisation International Service, as part of a UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

He will be working in partnership with Ghanaian volunteers to help raise awareness for the visually impaired.

More than 300,000 people in Ghana live with a severe visual impairment, and they are often excluded by society due to the lack of understanding surrounding their disability.

The goal is to get citizens - both with the disability and without - to learn and partake in the Paralympic sport Goalball

Dylan will also be living with a local host family to fully immerse himself in the local community and gain a better understanding of the chellenges they face.

Before Dylan leaves, he needs to raise £800 for International Service.

Currently, people can help by donating to Dylan’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dylanvolunteer.

The money Dylan raises will help to make sure that communities in developing countries continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers.

Dylan said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Ghana and getting stuck in to my project.

“I’m working on getting visually impaired people into sports, so I’m really hoping I can help the community be more informed about the disability and getting them motivated to do sports together, no exclusions.”

Dylan is most excited to meet the Ghanian volutneers he will be working with, and, having never volunteered overseas before, is looking forward to getting involved.

“I’ve just started fundraising and have begun asking family and friends to donate.

“I’m hoping that after several carboot sales, selling my own items and hosting events such as dinner parties, I’ll be closer to my £800 target.

“I’ve got lots planned to reach my goal.

“Any donation is hugely appreciated, and will make a real difference.”

To sponsor Dylan, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dylanvolunteer or text DYLN92 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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