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Students fundraise for ‘world challenge’ trip
SIX students from the Polden Hills are fundraising for a three-and-a-half week charity trek around Thailand and Cambodia.
The students, all aged 16, must raise £3,500 each to pay for expenses and project building materials for community work in rural areas of the countries.
Over the last eighteen months the ‘World Challenge' team has held quizzes and bingo nights, packed groceries and collected at carnivals. It is now hosting a jumble/table top sale on Saturday, March 16 at Edington Village Hall.
The expedition starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where they will organise supplies before travelling to Siem Reap to stage a project to build an orphanage.
Tim Sherlock, World Challenge team member, said: “Here we will interact with the local community and give something back, putting into perspective our more privileged lives.”
Skills such as team building, organisation and problem solving will be developed during a week-long trek in the Thailand jungle in temperatures around 29C.
Tim added: “Our trekking involves many challenging days in a hot sticky climate meeting hill tribes like the Akha, Mien and Lisu and observing their practices and beliefs.”
The World Challenge team compromises of eight students from Crispin School in Street, including six from the Polden villages, and three from Westfield School in Yeovil.