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Fundraising hero aids malaria victims

PUBLISHED: 15:25 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 12 August 2010

Bromley
08-07-08
Adam Pedley with his family
Sister Julia 6, mum & dad Mary  & David

Bromley 08-07-08 Adam Pedley with his family Sister Julia 6, mum & dad Mary & David

A CARING youngster raised £50 for the fight against the spread of malaria, after losing his own aunt to the deadly disease. Adam Pedley, 11, originally from Orpington, raised enough money to buy 50 malaria nets for patients in Dangme East Hospital, in a

A CARING youngster raised £50 for the fight against the spread of malaria, after losing his own aunt to the deadly disease.

Adam Pedley, 11, originally from Orpington, raised enough money to buy 50 malaria nets for patients in Dangme East Hospital, in a school project.

School students in Ghana's capital, Accra were asked to complete a project on a big issue that was close to their heart and that could make a difference to them.

The former Warren Road Primary School pupil said: "At the beginning I was having difficulty thinking about my action. But after many days of brainstorming I knew what I would do, visit a place where there was malaria and raise awareness."

He emailed all the teachers in his school in Ghana and asked them to donate one cedi, about £1 each to the fund, on last month and religiously chased up the funding to help his community.

He said: "I looked around the hospital a bit and saw the children there. It didn't shock me how ill they were but I did feel proud for helping them."

Mosquito bednets are now the most effective way to combat malaria, which is one of the world's leading killers, claiming 3 million lives a year and killing a child every 30 seconds.

The family moved to Ghana about a year ago, to follow father David Pedley's job in the Department for International Development (DFID) where he has also helped combat malaria as well as HIV and AIDS.

Adam said: "I think of England and Ghana both as home but I am glad we moved there, it's sunny all the time.


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