International students to help Morley folk

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Youngsters from across the globe will touch down in Morley to volunteer at a range of community functions.

International students from Capernwray College near Lancaster will visit at the beginning of March as part of the Community Links programme (February 26 to March 6).

The five females and five males are from Canada, America, Germany, South Korea and Ukraine. Their leader is Brynne Nelson from Canada.

And the theology students briefly stopped off in Morley last weekend to prepare for their visit as guests of Morley Community Church, which organises the programme.

They were welcomed at the town hall by Coun Judith Elliott, who explained the history of the building and town’s heritage.

The youngsters were then given a whistlestop tour of key spots in the town, such as the war memorial and statues of the Morley Weaver and the Morley Miner.

Coun Elliott (MBI, Morley South) said that this was the twelfth year the programme had been running and she was pleased that, year after year, the student teams had contributed so much to the wellbeing of the town.

None of the students had ever heard of Morley and most of them had never been to the UK before they began their course at Capernwray College.

Sang Min Lee and Dong Chan Kim both hail from South Korea and this is their first visit to Europe.

The student team will be helping in a range of activities such as children’s clubs, youth events, pensioners’ luncheons, coffee mornings, special projects in schools, church services and other functions.

Their imaginative planning even includes a shoe shine service and free gifts for shoppers visiting the town centre.

While they visit the town, they will be working in conjunction with 10 local organisations and schools to benefit the community.