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Gus Burton at the Malawi Sparkle foundation

Change a child's world forever

This time last year, during my half term, I was in Malawi at the Sparkle Foundation School for orphans and vulnerable children.

It's so humbling, as these lovely kids are super excited to arrive at 7.30 in the morning to be given breakfast, to play, and to be taught by Sparkle's amazing teachers. It was a joy to meet them all and the caring staff and to see first-hand how my fundraising has enabled the building project for new classrooms and toilets to be completed.

Did you know that just £15 per month feeds, educates and provides medical care for a one child?

Gus Burton at the Malawi Sparkle foundation

Your support

I continue to be a Sparkle Ambassador and would welcome your support of this great charity.

Due to Covid 19, Sparkle School had to close temporarily due to the social distancing measures. So, the Sparkle team was working extra hard to provide food, education and medical support in the community. As if these children didn't have enough hardship already!

To find out more about how you can support Sparkle Malawi, please contact me at gus@gusburtonracing.com

The Sparkle Foundation www.sparklemalawi.org

Gus Burton at the Malawi Sparkle foundation

Sparkle visit to Malawi

I finally had the opportunity to visit Sparkle in autumn 2019 and was able to see the positive impact of the donations made by my supporters. The visit was very rewarding but, equally, it was humbling.
So little really does go so far in Malawi. Just £15 per month feeds, educates and provides medical care to a child.

The Sparkle Foundation www.sparklemalawi.org

Gus Burton at the Malawi Sparkle foundation

Fund raising

Over the past three years in racing, I have been an ambassador for Sparkle Malawi, a children’s day centre in one of Africa’s poorest countries, Malawi, which feeds, educates and provides medical care to young orphans and vulnerable children.
As an ambassador, I have used motorsport to raise awareness of the essential programmes provided by Sparkle and, thanks to the generosity of Gus Burton Racing sponsors, I have raised £55,000 for The Sparkle Foundation.

The Sparkle Foundation www.sparklemalawi.org

Gus Burton at the Malawi Sparkle foundation

Inspiration

I was inspired by Sarah Brooks, an Old-Felstedian (old student of my school), to support and fundraise for the charity she founded - The Sparkle Foundation.

The story behind Sarah's creation of The Sparkle Foundation is really moving. She became seriously ill whilst travelling on her gap year and her travel companion had to make a judgement call - whether to fly her out to S.Africa for medical treatment or seek help locally in Malawi where, as you can appreciate, the hospitals are poorly equipped and lack basic Western standards of hygiene. Her friend knew that her only chance of survival was to risk the local hospital in Malawi. When they arrived, there was a queue outside but the Malawians allowed the sick Sarah to go to the front of the queue and be treated.

Thankfully, Sarah survived to tell the tale and pledged to "give back" to the wonderfully kind Malawians. The Sparkle Foundation was founded and the Sparkle School was built. Please visit The Sparkle Foundation to find out more www.sparklemalawi.org