Stretton man’s milestone brings 60 goats for 60 people

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THERE are few who can say that for their 60th birthday they saved 60 lives - but one man from Stretton-on-Dunsmore is making it happen.

Dave Bonner has taught and fed vulnerable children in Uganda through fundraising work with Coventry-based charity Global Care for five years. He has also visited their projects in Uganda for the last four years to help with building maintenance and to teach beekeeping skills to the locals.

As part of Dave’s latest fundraising drive, he is aiming to raise £2,500 in order to give 60 goats to 60 vulnerable families. Goats provide milk every day which either provides nuitrition for children or can be sold to buy other food.

Dave couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate his milestone birthday. He said: “Goats provide both food and security to vulnerable children. Global Care’s definition of a vulnerable child is simple – without help the child may die. Therefore what better way can I celebrate 60 years of my life than my helping 60 children, living in some of the poorest areas of the world, to improve their own lives?”

Global Care will organise the purchase and delivery of the goats and will ensure each goat has had the necessary medicines and injections for it to stay healthy. John White, Global Care’s CEO, said: “Goats and other livestock are a simple but practical gift which can make a significant difference to the welfare of a child. We really appreciate Dave’s commitment to our work in Uganda and are very grateful for all his efforts.”