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Africa expedition help puts Northampton Saints Foundation back in the driving seat

A expedition to Africa has helped to raised £10,000 for Northampton Saints Foundation which will be put towards the cost of a new vehicle to transport students.

In May, Africa Exclusive a local Northampton-based travel company, celebrated their 30th anniversary with an exclusive expedition to Africa with holiday makers travelling the entire length of the Zambezi river, more than 1,600 miles.

The non-profit expedition saw all of the proceeds donated to three charities, Tusk, Send a Cow and Northampton Saints Foundation, each of whom received £10,000.

As part of the expedition, Northampton Saints Foundation ambassador Jack Fleckney, joined holiday makers on behalf of the Foundation which saw him spend time with young people at Tongabezi School.

Jack said: “It was wonderful to be able to visit the children at the Tongabezi School. While I was there, I taught them some rugby and shared with them what life was like for the Foundation’s students. I recorded a video of my time at the school and the students back home were able to watch it and learn about day-to-day life in a school in Zambia. Being an ambassador for the Foundation is so inspiring. I’m a normal guy who has experienced setbacks in life and I hope I can use my experiences to inspire more young people.”

Back home, Africa Exclusive employees completed fundraising of their own, travelling the virtual length of the Zambezi River in various fundraising challenges.

"I am delighted to support the great work of Northampton Saints Foundation this year through our non-profit Zambezi Expedition, a expedition that saw us become the first tour operator to travel the length of the mighty Zambezi River alongside our clients”. Said Laura Burdett-Munns, Managing Director of Africa Exclusive.

“We have been crafting unique holidays to our world’s wild places for over 30 years, but during this time our roots have remained firmly in Northampton, where our office is based. As well as supporting conservation and communities in Africa, we’re committed to helping our local community thrive. I am pleased that the £10,000 raised will enable the Northampton Saints Foundation to purchase a new minibus for use of the 16+ programmes, helping to ensure that they are equipped to travel for work experience and volunteering opportunities, further enhancing their employability.”