Fundrais­ing Mus­ke­teers are a breath of fresh air

Pupils spend spare time help­ing coun­tries with con­tam­i­nated wa­ter

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PROUD: Rachel Rose, Adam Stevenson and Holly Davies have been nom­i­nated for an award for Pride of Bucks THREE teenagers who em­barked on a fundrais­ing cam­paign to pro­vide fresh wa­ter to third world coun­tries have been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Bucks award.

Chiltern Hills Academy pupils Adam Stevenson, 14, Holly Davies, 13, and Rachel Rose, 14, all from Che­sham, worked to­gether to raise money for a project af­ter study­ing about the prob­lem at school.

The trio, who have been dubbed the Three Mus­ke­teers, raised £250 for a project called LifeS­traws af­ter they were left moved by what they learned of the plight of peo­ple in coun­tries where only filthy, con­tam­i­nated wa­ter is avail­able. The friends de­cided to set out do­ing what they could to help.

As a re­sult, they have helped change, and save, lives of those living in coun­tries where con­tam­i­nated wa­ter is of­ten all that is on of­fer, whether it is through poor san­i­ta­tion or a cat­a­strophic event such as ty­phoons or earth­quakes.

They learned that LifeS­traws pro­vides straw­like gad­gets which pu­rify con­tam­i­nated wa­ter as you drink it, mak­ing it safe.

The class­mates raised the money by mow­ing lawns, wash­ing cars, sell­ing cakes and do­ing odd jobs at week­ends in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The school said that no one ex­pected or asked the year nine pupils to do this, they sim­ply acted out of com­pas­sion for oth­ers less for­tu­nate than them­selves and a de­sire to make changes where they could.

Prin­ci­pal Kevin Pa­trick added: “Part of the Life Skills pro­gramme at Chiltern Hills in­volves all stu­dents rais­ing money and un­der­stand­ing how for­tu­nate we in Che­sham.

“The LifeS­traws project was em­braced by the whole academy com­mu­nity, which un­der­took a range of fun and en­joy­able fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for this im­por­tant cause.

“We’re very proud of th­ese three stu­dents who raised so much in their de­sire to sup­port those peo­ple in coun­tries where clean, fresh wa­ter is a luxury.”

The friends re­cently won the En­vi­ron­ment award at the Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil Youth Awards for their fundrais­ing cam­paign.

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