Amy's bid for Malaysia Trip.
Coral Condeco • Published 26 Jun 2012 09:30 0 Comments
SEVERAL P3 pupils took part in a sponsored walk to help Amy Bryson, who has just finished her sixth year at Peebles High School, to selflessly go to Malaysia for eight months to work with disadvantaged children.
Amy will fly out to Malaysia in January next year to teach English and Arts to primary age children but needs to raise a whopping £4,500 to go.
Amy told us: "I always wanted to travel and I'm really interested in other cultures. I also didn't want to go straight from school to University so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something like this."
Despite the damp weather, the sponsored walk turned out to be a raving success with nine sponsored children taking part, raising just over £500 between them.
Sam raised the most money, getting family and friends to sponsor him to the healthy tune of £135, he said: "It was really fun. Me and my friend Robbie were splashing each other."
With the money from the sponsored walk and money raised from bag-packing and selling cakes, Amy is nearing her first £1000, but still has a long way to go.
She is planning to do a number of other events including a sponsored bungee jump, a ceilidh and poker night and has already arranged a Quiz for 8pm, Saturday, July 14 at the Neidpath Inn.
Project Trust, organisers of the trip, was started in 1967 and aims to give school leavers the 'opportunity to learn about a wider community in a different culture; to utilise their initiative and resourcefulness to help others in the hope that you will return with a warmth and understanding for your host community and that your newly learned skills have benefited others.'
Amy is hoping that she will be able to return with some new skills after being inspired by other peoples stories.
She said: "I remember watching children in need and the stories inspired me. My next door neighbour also went away to Uganda and seeing her pictures inspired me to do something as well.
"I'm slightly nervous but really excited to go."
Anyone wishing to donate can do so at ukvirginmoneygiving.com/AmyBryson.
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