Gemma announces the 2017 Australian tour!

Get excited! Gemma will be back in Australia in 2017!
Get excited! Gemma will be back in Australia in 2017!

Together with a special guest, Gemma will be sharing the story of how access to a free, high-quality education is changing the lives of approximately 1800 disadvantaged, bright students in one of the world’s poorest countries. 

Gemma started our school in 2002 with just three students, one volunteer teacher and the belief that education is the best way to fight poverty.

In 2017, we’ll be celebrating our 15th anniversary and this tour will be a celebration of everything we’ve achieved together.

Gemma and special guest will be travelling all over the country between the beginning of March and early April 2017. 

“I can’t wait for you to meet another one of our amazing students! Don’t miss your chance,” Gemma said.

If you are interested in organising an event, or know of any local conferences, organisations or media contacts that Gemma can share St Jude’s story with, please let us know. 

Be sure to contact our tour organiser at to register your interest before our schedule fills up. 

Please give us as much information as possible about your proposed event such as date, time, location, number of attendees and whether it will be public or private. The more details the better and we will do our best to work our itinerary to accommodate you.

Helping us to spread the word about St Jude’s is vital to our mission of providing a free, high-quality education to the poorest and brightest students here in Arusha!

Keep an eye on our websitesocial media and newsletter for more upcoming information, especially our very special reveal introducing the student who will join Gemma in Australia!

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