The former Robert Smyth School students originally planned to raise 1, each but, thanks to wellwishers, the pair doubled this through various fundraising events including a car wash, a bike ride to Skegness and back and a trek between Ulverston and Calisle. On the two-week trip to Malawi the duo, who have been friends since meeting at the Baptist Church as toddlers, joined trip organiser Janet Stafford, international leader for Torch Trust, and Joel Murray, a gap year student from Leicester, in renovating the hostels at the Makande resource centre in Malawi. Corby charity Education for All gave them chairs and desks for the resource centre, which is used as a school. The two hostels, which were plastered, painted and had new roofs fitted, are residential centres for blind boys and girls. If any projects come up in the future Sam and I will look into them. The teenager, who lives with mum Mandy, dad Ian and sister Sofia, is now studying uniform public services at Leicester College.
I am an effeminate, gay guy. How is the situation there for gay Western travellers? Are most places gay-friendly? I know that Gambia attracts a lot of Western female tourists and usually where there are many such folks, gays feel more comfortable for example, most of my friends are females and the place is usually gay-friendly. However, on the other hand, I know that many countries in Africa are not exactly gay-friendly and in fact, some have even strict anti-gay laws!
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