Volcano girls’ epic charity fundraiser

Volcano trek
Volcano trek

Intrepid sisters Polly and Tessa Quaile have completed an amazing charity fundraising walk on an active volcano in the Indian ocean.

The Junior High school of Glasgow pupils were on a holiday with their mum Jo and dad Stephen on the remote Reunion Island off the eastern coast of Madagascar and raised over £700 for Children in Need.

Caring ten-year-old Polly and her younger sister Tessa (8) were inspired to raise the money after hearing about the cause on BBC television’s Countryfile programme.

The walk around the Piton de la Fournaise volcano took the Quaile family, who live in Campsie Glen, over four and a half hours to complete, climbing to a height of 1,800 metres.

Polly said: “We set out walking at 7am as it gets very hot later in the day. The ramble took us across the lunar Plaine des Sables and we could see a plume of smoke from the volcano in the distance.

“After 45 minutes we got our first glimpse of the erupting volcano and saw some lava flows. We heard the booming noise of the eruptions as we walked round the volcano and even saw molten rock being flung from the volcano.

“This was a great ramble for a great charity, and it is not every day we can see a real active volcano.”

Polly and Tessa were amazed by the generosity of family and friends who sponsored their volcano trek. Initially their target was £500 but this was exeeded by more than £200. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/RambleinReunion.

On returning home the Quaile family have heard that the volcano has erupted again with flows of molten lava, and that the path that they followed is now out of bounds.

Polly and Tessa added: “The volcano restarted with such force that the area we walked along had to be evacuated because of bush fires.”