A SIXTH year pupil from Balfron High School has organised a race night in Balfron to help raise the cash she needs to volunteer in India for a year.
Fionnuala Mendham (17) hopes that the event on Saturday, April 28, in McLintock Hall will help her to reach her £5100 goal so that she can work in southern India with the charity Project Trust.
While she is there she could be given the task of teaching nursery or primary-aged children and running extra-curricular activities, such as sports or drama.
She said: “I have several friends who have gone on a gap year with Project Trust in the past and they had a fantastic time. I’ve always wanted to explore other parts of the world so this is the perfect way to do that, while giving something back to the community I’ll be part of.”
Project Trust has projects all over Asia, Africa and South America and volunteers are placed according to their personal preference and suitability for the country and work that they’re going to do.
To be accepted for the project Fionnuala had to take part in a challenging five-day Project Trust selection course on the Isle of Coll, and then faced the daunting task of raising thousands of pounds.
She said: “That is a lot of money. At the beginning it feels like you’re never going to reach your target but once you start fundraising, you discover just how generous everyone is and the more you do, the easier and more enjoyable it gets.”
Fionnuala has had a regular stall at school parents’ evenings selling teas and coffees, chutneys and tablet. She has also held several small coffee mornings, run a bonus ball lottery and had lots of individual donations.
She added: “All my friends and family, especially my parents, have been hugely supportive. Their help is greatly appreciated as I really couldn’t be doing this without them.”
While she looks forward to her trip she knows that at times it will be tough, she said: “It’s a completely different culture, so of course there’s going to be heaps of challenges. I know there will be times when I miss my comfy bed and the people back home”
Tickets for the night cost £7.50 and include a pakora supper and disco. Call 01360 440175 for details or visit the website www.nuala.org.uk