Life of former KES student who died during charity work in Africa to be celebrated - The Stratford Observer
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16th Aug, 2022

Life of former KES student who died during charity work in Africa to be celebrated

THE LIFE of a Stratford student killed in a car accident while doing charity work in South Africa is being celebrated.

King Edward VI School is hosting ‘Joy Delights In Joy – a Celebration of the Life of Joe Harris’ to remember the student-turned-charity worker.

The event – organised by Joe’s parents – will take place in the Levi Fox Hall on Friday June 29, starting at 1.30pm.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Joe was great fun to teach – lively, witty, empathetic, enthusiastic and unwaveringly positive – and was tireless in fulfilling his numerous responsibilities, which he took very seriously. He was respected and well liked by all, and had a particularly positive impact in encouraging younger students.”

The former Old Edwardians rugby player left the school in 2014 to study classics at Warwick University.

After graduation, Joe travelled to South Africa to undertake humanitarian work including renovating a home for orphans, rebuilding a volleyball pitch, transporting water supplies to villages, as well as carrying out research into aardvarks.

It was there when the 21-year-old was killed last November.

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