Holly raising money for charity trip to help people in Tanzania
A St Peter’s student aims to make a difference to the lives of people living in a remote area of Tanzania.
Holly Cooper, 17, is raising funds to pay for her four-week expedition with Raleigh International, the sustainable development charity.
She will live and work in a rural community, alongside other volunteers, carrying out projects to improve the resilience of the community and help protect their natural resources to make a real difference to their lives.
She will also take part in a challenging trek as part of an adventure phase during the trip, in June and July.
The RGS Worcester sixth former learned about the opportunity to take part in the expedition after Raleigh International gave a presentation about its work at the school.
The challenge excited her, she said, “as it’s just the kind of thing you don’t get offered on a day-to-day basis”.
She is in her second year studying biology, maths and chemistry and with a long break following her exams in the summer wanted to put her downtime to good use.
“I cannot wait for the challenge of spending four weeks in a rural Tanzanian community this summer - I have already bought most of my equipment,” she said.
“It will be way out of my comfort zone and an experience I hope to never forget.”
The former Nunnery Wood High School pupil is raising the £3,000 she needs to pay for her trip through various fundraising events.
Over the Christmas period she sold hot chocolate reindeer, with her next campaign being chocolate box competitions in local businesses and venues.
Holly explained: “The thing with Raleigh is the money I’m getting is not going just towards me and my trip. The whole thing is about making it last rather than you build them something.
“They do a lot of teaching and education and provision of things. It’s a worthwhile cause because of that.”
She said: “I was so pleased with how the making and selling of my hot chocolate reindeer went and am looking forward to my next campaign.
“I am fundraising the entire cost of this trip myself, including flights, so any donations are hugely appreciated. I have a Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hollycooper for anyone who may be interested in contributing.”
Holly, who volunteers at Worcester’s Bath Road-based Acorns Children’s Hospice for the Three Counties, wants to train as a doctor and eventually become a paediatrician.
Raleigh expeditions inspire young people aged 17-24 to contribute to long-term development projects.
The programme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about teamwork and leadership on projects that are of value to communities around the world.
Stacey Adams, chief executive officer of Raleigh International said: “Raleigh expeditions are designed to challenge and support our volunteers to develop skills that will have a positive impact not just on their lives but also in their home communities upon their return.”
n Holly is holding a quiz night to raise funds for her trip to Tanzania. It takes place at St Peter’s Village Hall on Friday, March 1, from 7pm to 9pm.
Teams of four to six can take part and there are prizes for the winning team. It is £5 per person to enter. A buffet and soft drinks will be provided and people can take along their own alcoholic drinks. Spaces are limited so people are urged to submit their teams as soon as possible.
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