A Sunderland housebuilder is preparing to lay the foundations for better futures for African families as part of fundraising efforts for a global charity.
Dad-of-two David Kempster from South Bents, forms part of a 16-strong team of Miller Homes employees from across the UK who have volunteered to take part in the Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Trip in September in Salima, Malawi.
During the trip, the 43-year-old, who has been with the company for seven years, will take part in a homebuilding project to create new ‘Habitat Homes’ for orphans and vulnerable children, helping to make a real difference to those living in poverty housing.
Habitat for Humanity is the housebuilder’s nominated charity for 2016 and over the course of the year, Miller Homes has pledged to raise £100K for the charity’s Hope Builders Campaign – enough money to build over 30 ‘Habitat Homes’.
David, who oversees Miller Homes’ Park View development in Gateshead, said: “I feel very proud to have been chosen to represent the region in the Global Village Trip. I’ve always been a supporter of charities and donated money here and there, but I have never taken on a big challenge in aid of a charity. The Global Village Trip really struck a chord with me so I knew I had to volunteer.
“As a lot of us do, I know I’m guilty of taking for granted the good quality of life I have, as well as having a roof over my head. As a dad with two young children, I want to help families who don’t have a safe and secure place to call home, and change their lives for the better.
“During my time in Malawi, I hope my skills and experience will prove to be valuable in the build process of the ‘Habitat Homes’ we will be creating, having worked on building sites for over 27 years since leaving school, as well as being a bricklayer by trade.
“To help meet the £1,000 target which each of us volunteers has been asked to raise as part of our contribution towards the company’s £100K pledge to Habitat for Humanity, I’m doing all sorts of fundraising including a real challenge which I took on earlier this month – a 210 mile bike ride from Edinburgh to Sunderland.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity so far and seeing how willing people have been to part with their money just goes to show how much of a worthy cause this great charity is. Thank you to everyone who has donated to date and if people would still like to make a contribution, I’d be so grateful.
“I’m looking forward to meeting up with the other volunteers taking part in the trip and experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity together. I hope we can make a real difference to the lives of those in need.”
•To support David, and Miller Homes North East’s fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malawimillerhomesNE