Hiking for a better future for young Ugandans

After seeing the work of a local charity in Uganda, a determined man will be hiking for three days to raise funds for vulnerable young people.

A MAN inspired by the hardships young people face in Uganda will be completing a three-day charity hike.

Robin La Tragna, a full time student from Ilfracombe, will be walking from Ilfracombe to Hartland along the coast path from Thursday in aid of Barnstaple charity Amigos.

Mr La Tragna said he was inspired to do something after visiting the charity’s Kira Farm project in September last year.

He said: “I decided while I was there that I wanted to help in some way, but wasn’t sure how.


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“In Masindi however, we visited a young man who, since graduating from Kira Farm, had got a job working in a hotel.

“It turned out he had to walk for miles to get there for his early shift and then, of course, walk the same distance home again at the end of his working day, yet he still had one of the biggest smiles I had seen.

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“From this, I decided that walking would be a fitting medium through which to raise money and, on a personal level, a poignant tribute to the hard working, unassuming young people of Uganda.”

Robin’s determination also inspired his friend, Neil Tynan, to walk alongside him.

The men will set off from Ilfracombe at the start of the Tarka Trail to Woolacombe, where they will join the coastal route.

They will then walk through Croyde, Saunton, Braunton and on to Barnstaple where they will stop for the night.

Robin will be camping during the trip, and will have to carry all his kit with him on their journey.

On Friday Robin and Neil will walk from Barnstaple to Westward Ho!, and on Saturday will complete their journey to Hartland.

They are being joined at various points along the way by friends, and encourage anyone who wishes to take part to contact Amigos.

Mr La Tragna said: “All the money raised will go directly to Kira Farm which is a vocational training centre for young, disadvantaged Ugandans where they learn many skills that will ultimately help them to gain work and to live happily, healthily and sustainably within their communities.

“I got to witness first-hand the amazing work Amigos does and meet some of the brave, resilient and genuinely inspiring children and young people whom the charity helps.”

Anyone who wishes to donate can visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/The-Amigos or anyone interested in joining Robin and Neil can contact Amigos on 01271 377664 or email info@amigos.org.uk

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