The Challenge of a lifetime

liam dillon and alistair tweed both going into 6th year doing world challenge'Photo Emma Mitchell'18/5/12
liam dillon and alistair tweed both going into 6th year doing world challenge'Photo Emma Mitchell'18/5/12

ADVENTUROUS pupils from Bearsden Academy are getting very excited about going on an expedition to South America next summer.

Twelve fifth year pupils hope to go on the World Challenge trip to Bolivia and Chile as volunteers and two of them, Liam Dillon and Alistair Tweed, have started raising the cash they need to enable them to take part - they each need to raise £4,495.

Liam (16) from Mar Drive in Mosshead has already raised £700 at the same time as studying for exams and he plans to hold a variety of fundraising events during the summer as well.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to see what it’s like in a less well developed country.

“I have been very fortunate to grow up in Bearsden, life here is so different from poorer countries.

“It will be a learning experience to see different living conditions.

“Other people who have done the challenge have told me it’s life changing so I’m sure I will get lots out of it.”

Alistair (17) from Ledi Drive, Baljaffray, said: “I feel it will help with team building and think it would develop my leadership skills, which will benefit me in later life.”

Liam and Alistair will be part of a team of Bearsden Academy pupils - Scott Mackay, Katie Simpson, Jamie Stone, Sophie McVey, Fraser Barbour, Marcus Bowie, Katie Paul, Oliver Semple, Craig Young and Hazem Yousef.

They will fly to La Paz in Bolivia where they can acclimatise to the altitude and then hike through the mountains to a remote village where they can choose which project they complete.

Liam, who is a keen runner and enjoys going to the gym and kayaking, said: “When we arrive we can find out what the people need the most whether it’s a farm or to build a school or paint a building.

“Sometimes people taking part teach children English.”

Liam has organised a coffee morning to raise funds at All Saints Episcopal Church, Bearsden Cross on May 26 from 2pm to 4pm. There will be various stalls and a raffle as well as scones and cakes.

Tickets will be available at the door on the day for £5 per adult, £3 for OAPs and free for children. He is also going to pack bags at Asda, Bearsden on June 16 will several other people taking part in the challenge.

He is also planning a ladies film evening at Mugdock Country Park, a 70s/80s disco and Christmas film evening with craft fair, also at Mugdock, he has signed up for the Glasgow 10k and hopes to abseil from the Titan crane next April.