Support students’ social action project in Laos

CarrHill

A GROUP of students are appealing for help to raise £56,000 to carry out a social action project in Laos.

The 16-strong group, from Carr Hill High School in Kirkham, are going it alone, without a teacher, and travelling across the world in order to build a new irrigation and sanitation system.

The young people want to help fellow youngsters in the impoverished third world nation and help build a better community in order to learn themselves and aid their own personal development.

They are putting on a number of fundraising events and appealing for help from local businesses to make their dream a reality.

Will Ramsey, 16, from Newton, said: “Not only do I want to help other people I want to help myself.

“We want to appreciate the problems other people face and try to help improve their lives by getting stuck in.

“We have a lot of work to do to raise the money and we will be working very hard ourselves to do that but we are also appealing to local companies to see the good in our project and help out.”

The group, which includes six young men and ten young women, have already held a curry night, a race night, put a team into the St George’s Day Festival Parade, held cake sales and raffles and have written to some local companies.

They are also recycling old clothes, CDs and other goods to raise cash in an environmentally friendly way.

Further events, including a sportsman’s dinner, a tea party, a black tie ball, a beauty fair and even a triathlon are also in the offing.

Bethany McSpirit, 17, from Lytham, said: “It’s really hard work to raise the money but we’re all very motivated to carry it out.

“If everyone puts in the effort, and with a bit of help from the local community, we’re confident we can meet our fundraising target.”

Paul Wallace, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “The 16 of them are a great set of young people and I would urge companies and the community to get involved.”

Mark Menzies MP, who has offered to support the group, added: “I have chosen this project as one of my social action projects for the year and I will be writing to local businesses to urge them to take part.”

For more information on social action projects visit www.world-challenge.co.uk

To get involved in fundraising or to donate, call Janice on 07759 142785 or email chjunglechallenges@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/chjunglechallenges

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