Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Harry to join African charity build

Royal soldier Prince Harry is to join servicemen from his regiment working in Africa for a charity he set up to help vulnerable children.

The prince, a lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, will travel to the Kingdom of Lesotho later this summer with military colleagues to help build care facilities and repair infrastructure for projects supported by his organisation.

Harry, 23, launched Sentebale - which means forget-me-not - in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2006.

The organisation helps Aids orphans and other vulnerable children in the southern African country by offering community projects financial aid and management support.

The three-week expedition will be led by an officer senior to Harry and the project has also secured a sponsorship deal with car makers Land Rover. The company will provide off-road vehicles to help with transport over the Kingdom's mountainous terrain.

It is normal practice for Army expeditions to seek sponsorship and expeditions are frequently planned by the military to help with personal development and team building.

The trip by members of the Household Cavalry to southern Africa has been planned for some time but it is thought the Prince suggested Sentebale as a beneficiary of Army help.

Harry has returned to his unit in recent weeks after enjoying time off following a tour of duty in Afghanistan cut short in February when a reporting blackout on the deployment was broken.

The Prince has had a long association with Lesotho - a place he first visited during his gap year in 2004 when he met young TB and Aids sufferers.

He established Sentebale with the Kingdom's Prince Seeiso and has made a number of trips back to Africa to receive updates about the charity's progress.

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