Sixth formers to fund their expedition for World Challenge

Published on: 02 Dec 2013

Abbi Wheeler and other team members during their practice trek for world challenge

SIXTEEN Mangotsfield School sixth-formers have to raise £3,695 each for a trip to the developing world, writes Ellie Saunders.

They are working over 20 months on joint and individual activities to fund their expedition to Vietnam and Cambodia in July 2014.

The 16 Year 12 and 13 students will take part in the month-long World Challenge adventure with their teacher Dawn Beedle.

World Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world that teach life and leadership skills and encourage team spirit.

The month away will include many activities, such as acclimatisation and a five-day trek in the Yok Don National Park in Vietnam.

The students will sleep in hammocks while they are trekking. They have taken part in a training expedition in the Forest of Dean, where they completed a practice trek of two days in very wet weather and some team-building activities.

As a major part of the expedition the students will become part of a week-long project, which will entail getting stuck in with the building of an orphanage and repairing a damaged school, looking after the children and teaching them some English and some community and conservation work.

This will be followed by some rest and relaxation at the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and some activities such as elephant trekking.

Group fundraising activities have included a clothes collection and supermarket bagpacking.

One of the team is 17-year-old Mollie Pike, who studies psychology, art and English Language.

She has raised £2,395 so far by holding cheese and wine tasting nights, fundraising meals, ladies nights and a pub quiz, along with a sponsored 5k run.

Most of her fundraising events are held at Lincombe Barn, Downend, and Cleve RFC, Mangotsfield.

To support Mollie, or for more information on events, contact mollieangelapike@hotmail.co.uk

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