Teen raises funds for Gambia

WORCESTER, England — When Emily Shore, a 13-year-old member of the Worcester Ward, Cheltenham England Stake, heard that many children in West Africa go without school supplies, she immediately wanted to help.

Emily's bishop, Ashley Clulow, visited Gambia, West Africa, on vacation recently. There he discovered that many school children had nothing with which to write. Upon his return to England, he sent some pens to Gambia.

"Emily was moved by his initiative and decided to try to find a way she could help, too," said Debbie Shore, Emily's mother. "She decided to raise funds by doing a charity car wash."

She distributed fliers to members of the community and to Church members. She asked her grandmother to bake cakes to sell.

With the help of her parents, home teachers and other ward members, Emily washed and polished 34 cars on Jan. 29.

Emily used the money to buy school supplies that a relief organization will ship and distribute to children in Gambia.

"She was tired and exhausted at the end, but a great job was accomplished," said Sister Shore, who added that the event was a nice opportunity to get to know many members of the community.

Emily enjoyed the project so much she plans to organize future activities to raise money for books.