Aimee is on a mission to help Romanian youngsters

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A kind-hearted student is giving up her summer holidays to volunteer in Romania helping people affected by HIV.

Aimée Perera (21), will swap Bearsden for the city of Targu Mures where she will spend one month working with the Love Light Romania Foundation.

As a volunteer, she will spend time at a residential home for young people with learning difficulties who have HIV and also at a children’s home, working with the Roma community.

Aimée said: “I’m really excited to go and work with the children.

“I think I could make a difference, especially with the Roma children.

“They live in poverty but when they see us and the chances we have through education, it could break the cycle of poverty.”

Aimée studies microbiology at the University of Dundee and heard about the project through a student run charity called DARE.

She said: “It might be a culture shock.

“I grew up in such a great community and it will be hard to see the poverty that these people live in.”

She recently held a coffee morning at St Joseph’s Church and raised almost £2000 for the project but half of the overall amount will be sent to Nepal.

She had plans to volunteer in Nepal but they were put on hold after the devastating earthquake in April,

The money will be used to help repair children’s homes in Nepal that were destroyed and also to support ongoing efforts in Romania.