By Local News writer
A group of year 10, 11 and 12 students from Rushcliffe School have taken on and completed the mammoth task of raising £1,800 each for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Malawi and teach in a local primary school for 12 days.
The opportunity to go on the trip was first introduced to the students towards the end of the last academic year, where the students could sign up for the trip.
They then went through a process of intense interviews and various other forms of selection before a handpicked group was chosen. After the group was created, it was time for the students to start raising their money.
During the course of over a year – through a series of cake sales, non-uniform days, walking around the dinner hall with a cardboard box in their hands labelled samosas and even clothing sales – the students all managed to generate their total of £1,800.
However, not all the money raised was through events at their school. Aside from personal contributions the students all made, many of them also took part in activities out of school. One boy did a sponsored swim and another went to lengths above and beyond of bag packing in a supermarket.
The year 10 student spent a total of 18 weeks – six hours a week – standing next to the tills at Morrisons with a bucket, offering to help shoppers with their packing in exchange for a small contribution towards his Malawi fund, and from this action alone raised £1,500.
Myself and a friend also went along in the week of the half-term holidays to help and be a part of the fundraising and apart from the one-off eyebrow raise I received from a shopper whose Heinz beans I’d placed on top of a bag of oranges, it was an overall enjoyable and inspiring occasion, knowing that I had personally, although indirectly, helped change the life of a disadvantaged young child – though to be honest my back was a little worse for wear.
The trip has been created and supported by the Cred Foundation, a non-profit charity supporting many local schools and communities all over the world. Cred have been providing international support for millions of people for over 30 years and you can find more information about them and donate on their website www.cred.org.uk.
The students will return from their adventure on Wednesday 15th July and we look forward to hearing all about it.