Girlguides travel to South Africa in aid of orphans

Girlguiding Sussex Central travel to South Africa SUS-141208-100152001
Girlguiding Sussex Central travel to South Africa SUS-141208-100152001

Girlguiding Sussex Central have pledged to support orphans in Africa with the help from West Sussex businessman, Chris Connors, hairdresser, County Ambassador, and Founder of CoCo’s Foundation.

Set up in 2010 The Coco’s Foundation helps provide food, shelter and clothing to orphans affected by HIV and AIDS.

Many often have neither a proper home nor clean water supplies. They also face major health problems.

Over the last 18 months, members of Girlguiding Sussex Central have been fund raising to support a County team who will work for two weeks at the Children’s Home in Mseleni, Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa.

On Thursday August 7, the team of 16 girls and four lead travelled to the home, and whilst there will build a ‘family unit’ house, paint in the children’s home, work in the vegetable garden and lead play / after school activities.

Chris Connors, founder who also travelled with the group said: “I am excited to be working with the Guides, as this is a first for the Foundation. I have joined them for several training sessions in advance of the trip and I am impressed by their commitment to the project.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Girlguiding Sussex Central on behalf of the Foundation and the young people in Africa who they will be helping.”

Deborah Phillips, County Commissioner said: “I am very proud of our representatives, and thank not only them but the whole of the membership within the County who have done so much to support this project.”

Participants are :

Burgess Hill Division - Janet Samuel (Asst Project Leader), Crawley Division - Pauline Hyner (Project Leader), Ellie Cummings (3rd Pound Hill Guides), East Grinstead Division - Janet Templeman (Asst Project Leader), Laura Meek (Sackville District Rangers), Horsham Division- Alex Gallacher, Alice Fuller, Freya Mackins, Gigi Kuzminas, Jaida Thomas, Louise Dufour (1st Roffey Guides & Rangers) Bessie Griffiths, Hannah Bates (2nd Horsham Guides), Rachel Clark (3rd Horsham Guides), Parkminster Division (Henfield)- Anna Moseley, Kitty Webb (2nd Henfield Guides), Lucy Skepper (1st Partridge Green Guides), Maya Patel, Pickles Davies (1st Lower Beeding Guides), South Down Division (Hassocks / Hurstpierpoint) - Alicia Smith (Asst Project Leader)

For more information about the work of the Foundation go to

Report and picture contributed by Janet Samuel.