Fundraising Musketeers are a breath of fresh air
Pupils spend spare time helping countries with contaminated water
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.