11th December 2019 — Josh Fienberg and Andreas Georghiou have been involved with fundraising for the charity Afrikids for a while now. Afrikids was set up 'To ensure that every child in Ghana is afforded his/her rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child'. Last Autumn, Josh, Andreas and friends raised money by selling bootlaces. They sold 3652 pairs of laces raising a total of £11,000. This was matched by The Department of International Development meaning £22,000 was donated to Afrikids specifically to help children in Ghana gain access to education.
It was through this work that Josh and Andreas learnt about Hazel. Hazel is the daughter of a 26 year old man called Zach who was brought up in one of the African foster homes AfriKids work with. Hazel had a hole in her heart and needed an urgent operation if she was to make it to her 2nd birthday. The operation would cost £7,000. A figure that is totally out of the reach of Zach and his family. Wanting to be able to help and keeping their charitable work going, both boys, when celebrating their birthdays with a joint party, asked for their invited party guests to make a donation to this special cause, instead of buying them birthday gifts.
Between Josh and Andreas’ Year 6 Gayhurst School classmates and other family friends and supporters of Hazel, the target was met. Hazel and her family immediately travelled overnight and the brave little girl had her operation on Saturday. It was a great success and on Wednesday 4th of December, much to the relief of her worried parents, she came out of the ICU.
Gayhurst's Headmaster, Mr Gareth Davies said, "Josh and Andreas have both shown great generosity and selflessness by forgoing birthday gifts to help provide lifesaving treatment for this little girl. The whole school is very proud of these caring young men".