Following a series of fundraising events which have raised valuable funds, the Community department embarked this week on a visit to the Orphanage to build a multi-purpose sports field at the site.
Helen Chu and Bryony Narbeth, along with six school children from Churchdown School have travelled to South Africa to deliver a plethora of sports kit and create the sports field to allow children to learn new skills and play sport.
The club decided to choose The Fold as their chosen charity for the 2012/2013 season with the intention of a long term impact to forge links and relationship between the orphanage and Gloucester Rugby.
So, it's a trip with a purpose and will also be a great learning opportunity for the pupils from Churchdown School as Helen explained:
"We involved local school children to create an experience for them, take them out of their comfort zone and take them to a situation where they are going to struggle and give them life skills.
"So, long term, we're going to try and develop a link between Churchdown School and the orphanage. In the long term the children from the orphanage can come over here and experience a bit of education and sport from over here."
"We've worked a lot with Churchdown School in the past. They've been enthusiastic to support all of our projects and the school have selected six 15-16 year olds to come on the trip who they thought would benefit most from it.
"There are three boys and three girls who have been involved in the fundraising effort.
"For example, they organised a Sevens tournament locally at Longlevens school. We had twelve teams turn up from Cheltenham and Gloucester as well as two touring teams.
"It was a bit of fun competition to raise awareness for The Fold and raise some more money for the charity."
The group are maintaining a blog of their experiences and we plan to catch up with them on their return to find out more about how they got on.