At THE end of June this year, Eilidh Durston, a senior pupil from Webster’s High School, will head off on a new adventure to take part in a volunteering project in Ghana.
Following the sudden death of one of her best friends, Claire Taylor (17) in November last year, it was only recently that Eilidh reconsidered her plans to accept her university place for 2013. Instead, Eilidh, also 17, has opted to take a gap year before returning to study in 2014.
Eilidh said: “I feel this will be a good opportunity for me to get my head together and focus on what I really want for the future. I have been working hard to plan a variety of projects to ensure I make the most of the opportunity.”
Eilidh will spend a month in Ghana, where she will take part in a Care and Community Project with Projects Abroad. Her work will involve renovating and decorating a local school or orphanage, and also spending time arranging activities and playing with the children
Eilidh needs to raise £2,500 to cover flights, placement fee, vaccinations and kit costs. She plans to contribute a minimum of £800 by working part time at Thrums Veterinary Group and at Glamis Castle and has also organised a number of fund-raising events to help finance her trip.
On Sunday (May 12), Eilidh will be hosting a ‘Soup and Sandwich Lunch’ in Eassie Hall, Balkeerie, between 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3.50 for children (12 and under).There will also be a raffle, a lucky squares prize draw, a small sales table and an assortment of home baking. Tickets can be bought on the day at the door, or booked in advance on 01307 840778 or at firstname.lastname@example.org