A MORPETH high school student is looking forward to an African adventure.
After a successful application to the Original Volunteers programme, Marc Tully will spend a month helping out a community in Ghana.
He will be involved in running sporting events and fun activities for children, as well as some conservation and building work, in a hamlet called Obo, near to the capital Accra.
The Year 12 King Edward VI School pupil has started fund-raising to help pay for the cost of transport to and from Ghana, vaccinations, a donation to the organisation, and purchase equipment for the children he will be helping, such as footballs, books, stationery and games.
The KEVI School Council has agreed to help him out and senior students presented the 17-year-old with a cheque for £100.
Marc said: “Seeing a presentation about the M10 project in Mexico gave me the idea to go abroad to help others and I when I found out about the Original Volunteers programme I got in touch with it because I was able to choose which continent I wanted to visit.
“The Ghana option appealed to me because I will be able to take part in an environmental project, work with children and assist with community building schemes in the month. Other options only offered one or two of those things.
“I’m really looking forward to the trip. It will be an unforgettable experience and it will also make me realise how fortunate I am to live in the UK.
“I’m very grateful to the School Council for its support and hopefully the public will make donations when I do my fund-raising events and activities.”
He will be heading out to Ghana next year. For more information about how to make a contribution to his total, call the school on 01670 515415 – option 0.