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The generosity shown by people in Haverhill - and beyond - towards an appeal to help tribespeople on a Kenyan reserve has been praised.

The appeal was made in early October by Haverhill town and district councillor Margaret Marks for items that could be sent to people living in five villages in the Maasai Mara, in the south-west of Kenya, along the Tanzanian border.

Cllr Marks made the call for clothing, shoes, hygiene products, books and school materials on behalf of an appeal run by the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, where she has been one of a group of Honorary Commanders since May, 2019.

Personnel at RAF Lakenheath sorting out some of the items donated to a Maasai Mara tribe in Kenya. Submitted photo
Personnel at RAF Lakenheath sorting out some of the items donated to a Maasai Mara tribe in Kenya. Submitted photo

Cllr Marks said: “We have had a number of people from not only here, we’ve had people from Cambridgeshire, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill al donating and it’s been fabulous.

“People have been so generous with what they have donated.

“The support has been wonderful and my car will be groaning with the very generous donations.”

Villagers in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Submitted photo
Villagers in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Submitted photo

The appeal has been run for three years now by Technical Sgt Fariht Gomez, from the 48th Fighter Wing.

TSgt Gomez, who first made contact with the Maasai tribe on a personal holiday a few years ago, said: “ Growing up in an inner-city and travelling around the world, whether it be for work or leisure, has made me very appreciative of the opportunities that I have today.

“I like to give back in meaningful areas that resonate with my upbringing like coaching youth sports or helping the youth with self-development.

A few of the items donated to the appeal
A few of the items donated to the appeal

“I saw a void and a possibility to fill that void with the help of my team.

“I build on relationships both in Kenya and with people that I’m working with locally to bring this project to fruition.”

Items have also been donated from around RAF Lakenheath and one shipment was sent out last Monday with the shipment containing the things collected by Cllr Marks due to be shipped out to Kenya in mid-November.

Cllr Margaret Marks, seen here presenting a cheque for £10,000 to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service in 2019, has helped out with the appeal. Contributed picture
Cllr Margaret Marks, seen here presenting a cheque for £10,000 to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service in 2019, has helped out with the appeal. Contributed picture

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