Big-hearted teen's crusade goes global

CRUSADING Ipswich schoolgirl Lizi Coltham has a truly global influence when it comes to helping those less fortunate than herself.The 15-year-old, of Mersey Road, has raised more than £1,250 for good causes around the world.

CRUSADING Ipswich schoolgirl Lizi Coltham has a truly global influence when it comes to helping those less fortunate than herself.

The 15-year-old, of Mersey Road, has raised more than £1,250 for good causes around the world.

Three water wells in Bangladesh stand as testament to her efforts and she has also raised money for people in Southern Africa.

Her latest endeavour, an evening of entertainment held at St Luke's Church, in Cliff Lane, Ipswich, raised more than £700 for people in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Live bands, comedy sketches and poetry reading were among the entertainment on offer during the event, which was held on July 12.

Around 70 people went along and also watched a video about the plight of the two countries and said prayers for them.

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As the church's representative for Tearfund, an organisation that aims to help people around the world, she has organised a clutch of fundraising events.

The St Albans High School pupil raised more than £300 last year to pay for the wells in Bangladesh.

She also raised around £250 for Southern Africa by serving soup and rolls to her fellow church-goers.

When Lizi became the church's representative for Tearfund at the age of 13, she was the youngest in the country and it is a cause she is keen to promote.

She said: "It's important to help people out because there are so many less fortunate than us and it's important to do your best."

Mum Elaine, who also has a son and daughter with husband, Peter, said Lizi has always wanted to help others.

"She's very committed to these people that need that need help, she said. "People's need have always been close to her heart. We're proud of her."

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www.tearfund.org

FASTfacts: Tearfund

Tearfund is a Christian organisation that pays for funding initiatives around the world.

It aims to support communities in managing their own healthcare, including HIV and AIDS prevention and care.

It also focuses on children at high risk, allowing them, as active member of their community, to shape their future.

The third focus is to help vulnerable communities improve their food security, develop safe housing, and address environmental issues.

Source: www.tearfund.org

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