Chairman of the Selsey Town Council Mike Beal is looking for sponsorship so he can visit Nepal and help to build 500 much-needed homes for former slaves.
He will pay for all his own flights and accommodation but hopes to raise £1,500 to help fund the building materials.
The houses are needed for former slaves under the Kamaiya system which was banned in Nepal over a decade ago in 2000, but although their government promised to support all the former slaves, they did not keep their promise and there is a severe poverty problem.
Mr Beal will fly out to Nepal on November 23 to join the ActionAid First Hand Experience event where he will help to build some of the much needed homes.
He said: “I going to Nepal in November to see some of the communities my family has been supporting over the years and to use my practical skills to help to build new homes.
“We saw the advert for this First Hand Experience trip and just thought, why not? I am a dab hand with a shovel and concrete, so a building project would be just right and I am still reasonably fit. As with all such projects, there is a requirement to raise a certain amount of sponsorship. I am paying the actual travel and accommodation costs myself but I need to raise nearly £1,500 to support ActionAid’s work.
“I hope people might be able to help with this target. I think this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I am fortunate enough to have the time, the money and the good health to be able to go and make a useful contribution to the lives of people who are not so fortunate.
“I have had my injections and I am plodding round the streets of Selsey again to get fit. My face is usually a good match for the red ActionAid t-shirt I wear!
“I have entered the Chichester half-marathon in October as a focus for my training and to help with the sponsorship.”
To find out more or to sponsor Mr Beal visit www.myactionaid.org.uk/bealinnepal