Corner Brook teen to travel to South Africa for humanitarian mission

Cory Hurley
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Alison Patey will dedicate part of her summer vacation to helping impoverished children in Africa.

It’s nothing unusual for teenagers to begin planning their summers, even in the heart of winter.

It’s the heart inside her chest that has Alison Patey of Corner Brook looking to dedicate part of her summer vacation to helping impoverished children in Africa.

The 14-year-old has been accepted to take part in a Global Expeditions mission through Teen Mania Ministries. She’ll travel to an area of the poverty-stricken country of South Africa.

Patey is answering the call to a young generation to pursue their faith and bring that message across the world. It was something she felt inspired to do in her own life, and went searching for the best way to accomplish that.

“Growing up, you always hear stories of children who don’t have running water or electricity,” the Presentation Junior High School student said. “They don’t have any of the stuff I have, and I have so much. I feel like I should be able to give back, and just try to change the world in some way. I thought this was would be the perfect way to do so.”

She will be meeting with the team of youth in the Washington, D.C. area to fly to Africa. The trip is around mid-July and is about two weeks in duration.

Patey, who volunteers weekly in Corner Brook for a children’s program, is no doubt looking most forward to working with young children. She is hoping to make some kind of difference in their lives.

“I am going to be working with a lot of orphans too,” she said. “They don’t know the love that we get from our families. I want to help them, help them grow as people and individuals.”

Also an air cadet, Patey realizes the benefits of hard work. The program requests its participants raise the money to pay for the mission. She was told it helps increase awareness of the world’s woes and organizations such as Teen Mania Ministries, but also creates a work ethic for youth. She agrees.

“I also want to show that today’s youth are not all bad, and some are trying to make a difference,” she said.

She is looking to raise $4,000, and will be holding a variety of fundraising events to do so. Anybody looking for more information or to help contribute can contact Patey via email or through Facebook:!/southafrica2014missionary?fref=ts  

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Organizations: Presentation Junior High School

Geographic location: Corner Brook, South Africa, South Africa.Patey Washington, D.C. Africa

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  • New Veteran
    March 01, 2014 - 11:24

    The article is incorrect when it describes South Africa as "the poverty-stricken country of South Africa." South Africa is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, and is considered to be a newly industrialised country. Its economy is the largest and most developed in Africa, and the 28th-largest in the world. There is poverty there, but there is poverty here as well. Stay home and use the travel money to help people who need assistance here.

    • annoymous
      March 05, 2014 - 15:14

      the area of south Africa she will be traveling to full of poverty. they are called squatter camp oh and by the way there are over 10 million people living in them. they also have no running water or electricity. the poor people hear at least have clean water to drink.