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Thrive's Director, Johnny Woods, to Visit Tanzania on Charitable Mission

Wednesday 2 January 2019

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By Thrive HQ

Our company director, Johnny Woods, is to visit the Tanzanian village of Msitu wa Tembo, in 2019, with the incredible team at Volunteer Medics to provide some much-needed assistance.

Volunteer Medics is a group of paramedics, ambulance personnel, fellow healthcare professionals, family and friends. The original founders have been volunteering in developing countries, fundraising and raising awareness of the challenges faced across continents including Africa and Asia for over ten years.

The latest project focuses on the village of Msitu wa Tembo, roughly 90 minutes from the medium-sized town, Moshi, and in the shadow of the impressive outline of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Johnny is visiting the region in February 2019 with Volunteer Medics to assist with:

  • Repairs to the rural health centre
  • Providing a drinkable water supply
  • Offering training and support to the network of volunteers

The rural health centre that Johnny will be helping to build and repair serves 7,000 people and is the base for a network of dedicated volunteers - many of whom have dedicated their lives to providing locals with medical care.

With the incredible team at Volunteer Medics we’re hoping to make the lives of these volunteers easier. Some of them have spent decades travelling day and night over many miles of scrubland, including during wet season, to offer their time and care, typically at their own expense as the volunteers themselves live only off their subsistence farms.

Thrive is incredibly privileged to have been able to build a website and brand, free of charge, for the amazing team in 2018 and our director, Johnny, has been inspired to get involved in a project after hearing the incredible work of the organisation.

Director at Thrive, Johnny Woods, said:

“Building a relationship with Michael, one of the founders of Volunteer Medics was an incredible opportunity and hearing of the work they do and how much of a crucial difference it makes to the lives of so many, who have so little, really inspired me to get involved.”

“We’re incredibly lucky to have been born and living in a country that is privileged - we often don’t think about the clean water that streams out of our taps, the fantastic round-the-clock care that our NHS provides, or the financial support available if and when we fall on hard times.

“I feel very fortunate to be in the position I am now, with a fantastic business and group of employees striving forward with the company, as well as a home and healthcare system that keep me safe, healthy, warm and comfortable - it’s time to give something back.”

The trip to Tanzania takes place during February 2019 and Johnny is currently fundraising for the project. If you would like to support Johnny’s efforts, please visit his JustGiving page and donate what you can - all help is greatly appreciated.

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