Nic arrived Saturday 8th February with ‘the boys’; Andrew Smith the proprietor of Andrew’s Estate Agents, from Neston along with Tom Brunwin & Dave Lambert, Army Air Corps helicopter pilots, Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
Dave & Tom are entering the Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge 2015, a 3,000 nautical mile race from St Sebastiean, La Gomera in The Canaries to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua in the Caribbean, raising money for both OAKS & The Doughie Dalzell Memorial Fund.
A hectic & varied itinerary was proposed:
Meet at Gatwick for daytime flight to Lungi, Freetown. Ferry and overnight in Freetown.
Tour of Freetown; Visit to ‘Beach No2’; Quick view of OAKS school; Margaret’s cuisine & beer!
Church @ OAKS; A walk around a parcel of land known as ‘The 24 Town Lots’ – a potential site for building a Senior Secondary School; Stroll to local venue to watch satellite football; Welcome party in OAKS Compound for our neighbours, teachers & dignitaries 3pm – 8pm.
Whole school escort from the compound to school; Morning assembly; Presentation from each class in school hall; Lesson observations; Football match against local school ‘Sluim’; Local community native dance in Compound & school yard; CTA meeting in school hall with parents.
Visits to other local schools – Gateway Private School 3 – 12 years; Sluim Muslim Faith School Class 1 – 6; Aladura Mission Government Assisted School 3 – 14 years; Agape Way Private School 3 – 13 Years; Training centre for local youth offering – sewing & embroidery, hairdressing, carpentry, welding and building.
Tour of Bo via Honda bikes, as passengers.
Sports Day. 9am – 7.30pm.
3 hour trip to Gendema Ferry – inland bush community on the banks of the river Sewa. Walk around village, meeting with local chief, view proposed site for village school and brief tour of very basic mining site.
Big night out – ‘Black & White Club’ in Bo.
Leave 8.30am for journey back to Freetown. Visit beach. 5pm ferry to Lungi and airport.
Arrive Gatwick – Saturday 06.30.
WHAT AN ADVENTURE!