Iona hopes some Potter magic can carry her to India


A BALFRON girl needs to raise nearly £5,000 to fulfil her dream of spending a year in India next year teaching English to children.

Iona Henderson (17), a sixth year pupil at Balfron High, hopes to travel to the Andhra Pradesh area which is on the southeastern coast of India with registered charity Project Trust where she will live in a village and teach children in the local school.

She hopes to study drama at the RSAMD in Glasgow after her gap year so that she can have a career in theatre, but before she does that she’d like to travel a bit and see the world. She currently works part-time in a children’s nursery and enjoys basketball, skiing and art in her spare time.

Iona said: “I’ve always wanted to see other parts of the world and experience different cultures so this project is ideal for me.

“I will get the chance to meet different people and hopefully make a difference to their lives.”

Iona needs to raise £4850 for the trip so she has organised a variety of fundraising events including a table top sale, a band night and a bake sale as well as screenings of all the Harry Potter films.

She is a big fan of Harry Potter films and thought that some of the younger children in the village may not have seen the earlier films.

The films will be showing at Balfron High Campus on the following Sundays at 2pm - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is on March 27, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is on April 3, Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire is on April 10.

Please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment, phone 07941 977494 or e-mail

Fancy dress is optional, tickets cost £4 per film and a family saver ticket costs £12 for a family of four but only on pre-booked seats.

All proceeds go to Project Trust and Iona thanked Strathendrick Film Society for their support.

If you’d like to donate money to enable Iona to go to India e-mail her on