Cathy’s dived in to help church Zambia mission

A Garstang teenager has 
taken to the skies in a bid to raise funds for a church 
charity expedition.

Student Cathy Place (18), will next month travel to 
Chivuna in Zambia for a 
seven-week volunteering project.

The regular churchgoer at SS Mary and Michael Church, will work alongside nuns to teach the young children of the Chivuna community.

And Cathy has been committed in her efforts to do her bit for the cause, taking part in a charity skydive at the Cockerham Black Knights base and raising £1,400, which she will donate to the scheme.

She said: “I wanted to do something a bit exciting to help with my fundraising.

“I’ve never done anything like it before. It felt really strange, pretty crazy – but it was all over so quickly and a lot of people have supported me.”

The Chivuna Mission was founded in 1951 by the Jesuit
order and now comprises of a church, primary school, secondary school and health centre.

For the past 12 years or so Garstang Friends of Chivuna, centred on SS Mary & Michael church, have supported the health centre.

Dr Francis Carter, a member of the Garstang Friends of Chivuna, added: “Visits by people from Chivuna to Garstang and by parishioners from our group to Zambia have forged personal relationships which have enhanced our work and,at the same time, enabled us to know how our resources have brought about enormous benefit to the health centre.

“We are proud of the fact that Cathy, supported strongly by her parents, has chosen to witness her faith by embarking on this project.”

In addition to her skydive Cathy, a student at Ripley St Thomas Sixth Form will host a cake sale at church this weekend and a Zambian costume day at SS Mary and Michael Primary School.