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Ben Maher - Hurstmere School

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Hurstmere School teacher Benjamin Maher was awarded an outstanding Leader Award for running the Hurstmere in Zambia project and raising a staggering £65,000 for the programme since 2009.

The programme takes pupils from the school in Sidcup to some of the most deprived areas of Zambia, where they use tag rugby to do a multitude of community based projects.

The additional projects have included painting schools, developing libraries and planting vegetable patches in areas that need it most. Hurstmere in Zambia works in partnership with the Tag Rugby Trust which runs similar projects around the world.

Geography teacher Mr Maher arranges for Year 10 students interested in taking part in the project to set up tournaments with younger pupils at their school in preparation for going to Zambia. He also encourages pupils to raise money themselves through a range of fundraising events.

Hurstmere in Zambia, which will run again in 2015, works with many young orphans in Zambia, while it helps to bring communities together with some tournaments bringing together as many as 2,000 spectators.

After teaching rugby all week, pupils are usually treated to a relaxation period at the spectacular Victoria Falls, while they also get the chance to go on safari.

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Ben with Chief Insector Broadbent