Pupils up for the chal­lenge ap­peal for sup­port

The Oban Times - - News -

PUPILS are ap­peal­ing for public sup­port in a bid to raise money for a trip of a life­time to Malaysia.

Se­nior pupils of Ard­na­mur­chan high school are go­ing to the coun­try as part of World Chal­lenge Malaysia, a pro­ject that will see them em­brace in­de­pen­dence and help oth­ers dur­ing their visit.

Twelve high school pupils aged 15-17 from Ard­na­mur­chan and Mal­laig high schools will fund the two week trip and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the plan­ning and fi­nan­cial bud­get­ing of the trip.

They each have to raise £ 2,500 for their visit, sched­uled for June, where they will trek the Cameron High­lands rain­for­est and sup­port a com­mu­nity pro­ject.

Char­lie Plem­ing, 17, has just £ 500 left to raise. She said: ‘It is go­ing to be a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for us. The sense of achieve­ment from the fundrais­ing alone is re­ally good for us. Caitlin Bor­wick - who is also tak­ing part - and I walked 19 miles from Kil­choan to Salen to raise money for the trip.’

Pupils have hosted sales and sold books, home bak­ing, wood­work and even raf­fled off a signed football shirt. The teenagers have yet to choose a com­mu­nity pro­ject to work on while they are in Malaysia, but say it will be an or­phan­age or a school. The trip will be led by a mem­ber of the school staff team from each high school.

Kate Rough, ge­og­ra­phy teacher and fac­ulty prin­ci­pal of Ard­na­mur­chan, said: ‘This is about set­ting per­sonal goals and achiev­ing them. The kids will have con­trol over how they spend their money when they get there and have been re­search­ing food and costs.’

The chal­lenge is part of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award pro­gramme, in which all the pupils have taken part.

For more in­for­ma­tion or how to do­nate, con­tact the school on 01397 700105.

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