In October this year, 32 students from Kirkcudbright Academy, including Mairi Fisher form Spittal Farm, Creetown, will be going on an amazing expedition to Mongolia.
The pupils are all aged between 15 and 17 years old and will spend 18 days in Mongolia.
They have two main objectives for the expedition. Firstly, they will be living in a physically challenging environment, testing their limits, by tackling both a horse riding and walking trek. Secondly, they will be undertaking a five-day community development project in a local community, building a day care centre as well as teaching and playing with the local children.
The trip is not a holiday but an expedition with challenge, adventure and a chance to give something back to the local community that will be playing hosts to the Kirkcudbright pupils.
But the challenge starts long before the actual trip as the youngsters have to raise the funds needed to go on the expedition.
One pupil said: “We have all been individually active in finding part time work; we have been selling our services as baby sitters, waiters, gardeners, car washers and dog walkers. We are actively seeking funding from local and national sponsors, businesses and trust funds. We know that the bad economic conditions mean everyone is careful about their spending, wants value for money and favour charities where money raised is spent on charities close to home.
“We realise, however, that we are lucky enough to live in an area with a large number of visitors and will be organising events targeting the visitors to the region. To be able to achieve our goal we will need to demonstrate our personal commitment through hard graft and team work.”
So far the pupils have raised £9,713.61 towards their target of around £78.000.
Their next fundraising event will be on June 2 at the Kirkcudbright Diamond Jubilee street party and torchlight parade.