Pupils get on their bikes for Africa trek

Virgin Active'Cycle for Morocco, S3 Pupils from Bearsden Academy'Hayley Sorbie, Jack Forrest and Rebecca O'Toole.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 29th Oct 2011.
Virgin Active'Cycle for Morocco, S3 Pupils from Bearsden Academy'Hayley Sorbie, Jack Forrest and Rebecca O'Toole.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 29th Oct 2011.

THREE adventurous youngsters from Bearsden are ‘wheely’ excited about going on an expedition to north Africa next summer.

Third year Bearsden Academy pupils Jack Forrest, Rebecca O’Toole and Hayley Sorbie need to raise £1,695 each to take part in the World Challenge trip so they held a sponsored cycle on exercise bikes at the weekend at Virgin Active in Milngavie, the former Esporta.

They will travel to a rural area of Morocco next June for two weeks where they will take part in a project to help a community, such as build a classroom, teach the children English or play sports. Part of the challenge involves a four or five day trek across part of the mountainous region which includes the Atlas peaks.

It won’t be all work as the pupils will also take part in a ‘rest and relaxation’ outing - possibly venturing into the desert on camels where they may set up camp and spend the night under the stars.

They raised £136 from this event and Jack’s mum, Dawn Forrest, said: “They are all really looking forward to this - it’s a once a lifetime opportunity.

“World Challenge makes sure the children take responsibility and make pretty much all the decisions themselves.

“They will all learn a lot about teamwork, about the lives of many people in the world much less fortunate than them and about how physically challenging a trek in heat can be.

“The challenge has already started for them as they need to raise a lot of money within the next year. World Challenge expects them to raise the bulk themselves.

“For 13 year-olds this is, of course, quite a feat, but they are all working hard towards it.”

Virgin Active will help the teenagers with personal training in fitness, hydration and nutrition.

For more info go to www.world-challenge.co.uk/home.asp

WHEELS IN MOTION . . . Hayley Sorbie, Jack Forrest and Rebecca O’Toole did a sponsored cycle on Saturday to raise money to go on an expedition to Morocco next year.

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Picture: PAUL MCSHERRY