A GROUP of ten Year 9 and 10 pupils at Court Fields School in Wellington are hoping to travel to Madagascar in July 2018 with the aim of spending 16 days helping with projects on the island.
The school has been fundraising for the past few years for communities in Madagascar and the pupils will have the opportunity to work within these community projects to aid villagers and their families.
The projects supported by the school include a water project that means families no longer have to walk long distances to collect clean water. The school has also supported the building of a primary school, enabling children to access education.
The students will be based initially at a children’s home which caters for local orphans, where they will spend several days playing with and getting to know the children, and teaching them new skills and games.
The rest of the expedition is yet to be confirmed but will focused on supporting the community in Madagascar.
A large part of the experience involves the students fundraising enough money for their place. The families of the students are supporting this with individual events but the group themselves are holding several events across Wellington to support their fundraising efforts.
The first of these is a bingo night at Court Fields School tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm – doors open 6.30pm.
The local shops in Wellington and surrounding area have been very generous in providing prizes for a raffle and refreshments will be on offer, including home-made cakes for sale.
Residents from across Wellington will be welcome to support this first event.