When Dan and Jez discovered they had been selected to attend the Jamboree they wrote to their Headmaster at Gordon's School, Lightwater with the good news. Through the launch of a unique Gordon's School and Surrey Scouts project, they will now be joined at the Jamboree by a Sudanese Scout who never dreamed he would be able to attend.
Thrilled with the
opportunities that lay ahead of Dan and Jez, the Gordon Foundation very
generously made a donation to both. However, bearing in mind the aim of a World
Jamboree is to achieve the widest participation, Gordon's Schools links with the
Sudan and that General Gordon "gave his heart to the young, the poor and
the outcast", the Gordon Foundation felt it could still do more.
As a result a 15 year old Scout, named Sabir, has been chosen to attend. So was launched "Project Sabir". Sabir was a refugee from the drought and desertification of the Western Sudan and now lives with his family in a poor part of Khartoum (attending a World Jamboree would be financially impossible for him). His Scout Troop is supported by the AHM Leprosy Relief Organisation of Munich and he speaks very little English.
Dan and Jez now have the challenge of bringing the whole project to life by making and developing contact with Sabir, meeting up with both him and the other Sudanese Scouts at the Jamboree and then returning to let us all know how they got on. They both thank Gordon's School and the Gordon Foundation for this fabulous opportunity. The biggest challenge, though, probably lies with Sabir, for whom this is truly a life changing experience.
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