Cooking good for Calum

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A Bearsden teenager is hoping to raise £1,500 to participate in a project that tackles poverty in the Philippines.

Calum Johnston, a Bearsden Ski Club instructor, hit on the idea of baking and decorating Easter fruit cakes to help him reach his target.

So far the 19-year-old has raised £900 and is confident he can meet his target before he sets off to Cebu on April 24. Calum will be working on a 10 week development programme.

He will team up with fellow Filipino volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community, after getting a place on the government funded International Citizen Service scheme (ICS).

Calum said: “It’s vital I reach my target. I’ve put a lot of work into raising money while learning as much about the Philippines as I can. I’m hoping that everyone will give generously as a result of my effort.

“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity VSO and aims to promote the rights of deaf youth in the Philippines.

“This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.”

If you want to buy one of Calum’s cakes for £10 send an email to

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The ICS scheme allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries around the world, including Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal.