Friends on roll for adventure
TWO school friends raised more than £900 for a volunteering trip to India by organising a roller skating event.
Jack Savage, 14, and Henry Moores, 13, who have been friends since attending Hollinhey Primary School in Sutton, are part of a group of students at Macclesfield Academy taking part in the trip to south India next year.
They will be helping out in the slums of Chennai and a community near Kerala.
The boys need to raise £2,895 each so have to take part in fundraising activities.
The latest event was a roller skating evening at MAC Activity Centre, a community interest company on Goodall Street which aims to improve recreational facilities for the people of Macclesfield.
It featured a raffle and cake stall to help boost funds.
Jack’s mum Kirsty Savage, who lives with her son in Sutton, said it was a great success.
She said: “The boy’s skating event went brilliantly.
“We had lots of people turn up and enjoy a night of skating,
“There were adults too as well as the children.
“Andy and Rachael of MAC Activity Centre were fantastic in their support of the boys, and with the ticket sales, raffle and cake stall the total raised on the night was just over £900 which will be split evenly between Jack and Henry.
“This has been a big boost towards their target.”
Fundraising activities also included a stall at the Hollinhey Primary School Christmas Fair.
On the trip the boys will help teach children at a school and work alongside tribal ethnic groups in Kerala helping build a house for a family.
It promises to be a trip of a lifetime as highlights include hiking through the world’s highest tea plantation, visiting the Pampadum Shola National Park in search of wildlife, taking in the culture of India and cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat, stopping off along the way to explore temples and small villages.
Kirsty said: “The boys have lots of fundraising to do so it’s a challenge for them, but they’re doing really well and I’m very proud of Jack.
“He has done some odd jobs for friends and neighbours to raise money.
“Everyone has been really supportive and we thank everyone who came along to the skating event.”
●● The event was held at MAC Activity Centre, on Goodall Street