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Help Clare to help the poor; Hopes of trip to help world's needy.

Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN

BOLIVIA beckons for a young Thornaby volunteer who wants to help some of South America's poorest people become self-sufficient.

Clare Peacock has volunteered to take part in a project run by Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a charity which aims to promote peace and cultural understanding.

During her 12-month trip, the 22-year-old will help distribute aid, promote human rights and establish links between isolated communities.

Clare, who works as a finance assistant for ECHG, provider of social and supported housing, said volunteering is a very big parst of her life.

"I have worked with Habitat for Humanity in the past and I am currently a volunteer for the Red Cross," she said.

"Ideally I would like to work for a charity in the future and helping others is what attracted me to my current role at ECHG.

"I'm looking forward to experiencing a new country and being able to learn new skills while making a real difference to peoples' lives." Clare needs to raise nearly pounds 5,000, the majority of which will go to the charity ICYE places her with in Bolivia.

Some of the money will be used to subsidise an exchange volunteer from Bolivia to come to England, and some of the money will go to the family in Bolivia who will be hosting Clare's stay.

ICYE is an ethical volunteering organisation with over 50 years of experience in international volunteering.

The charity's volunteers live and work in countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, helping to support local NGO's and aid International development.

You can help Clare by making a donation at www.justgiving.com/clarepeacock

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DREAM: Clare Peacock at Snowdon in Wales which she climbed to raise money for her trip to Bolivia
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2009
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