Kyle McCallan, former captain of the Irish Cricket team and teacher and rugby coach at Grosvenor grammar school appeals today for 50 runners/walkers to join Camara in the ‘Race to Educate’ as they launch their campaign to recruit support for their fundraising through participation in this year’s Belfast City Marathon. At the launch outside Belfast City Hall today, Tuesday 23 February, at 4.00pm Kyle will be joined by prospective runners/walkers and Camara supporters.

Camara is an Irish charity which takes in used computers and refurbishes them for shipment and installation into village schools across Africa. In 2009 Camara sent more than 6700 computers to 400 schools in seven countries in sub Saharan Africa including Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda to equip them with computer labs for their educational needs. The Belfast workshop has contributed 1000 of those computers. For 2010 the target from Ireland is 12,000 computers with 1,500 coming from Belfast.
The charity aims to empower thousands of African children to improve their life chances and the prosperity of their local communities through education.

Kyle McAllen appeal Race to Educate

Kyle McAllen and Camara friends outside Belfast City Hall

In his appeal Kyle McCallen said,

“I am very pleased to support this charity. As a teacher I realise the power of education and know that education offers young people all over the world opportunities and ways out of poverty. Camara are trying to do something quite unique in ensuring that children in Africa are not left behind when it comes to technology and education. I want to urge anyone considering the marathon this year who has not already signed up on behalf of a charity to support Camara. They have set a modest target of 50 people running or walking and each raising £200.00. It is a very achievable challenge for a very worthy charity. “

Springvale Learning, the main sponsor of Camara in Belfast, is intending to recruit a team from among staff and students in the centre. John Cooley Chairperson of Camara said “We are aiming to recruit 10 relay teams of 5 people and we welcome both runners and walkers. Participants will have entry fees covered and will receive a ‘Race to Educate’ t-shirt.”
Ann Fitzpatrick Project Coordinator with Camara added “We are encouraging companies and organisations with computers to avail for our green business solution and use Camara for your end of life computer solutions. Visit the Camara website www.camara.ie for more information.”

Contact: Ann Fitzpatrick, Camara, Unit 23 Townsend Enterprise Park, Belfast BT13 2ES
Tel: 90332470 Email: belfast@camara.ie

For more information on the Marathon entry procedures email belfast@camara.ie subject Belfast City Marathon or phone 02890332470.