Abseil-utely Fabulous way to Raise Tanzania Funds

Year 10 students, Gracie Jacobs and Eleanor Skinner, travelled to Meldon viaduct in Okehampton on 14 April to take part in a freefall abseil to help raise funds for their trip to Tanzania with Camps International in the summer of 2018.

The 151ft sponsored abseil, watched by friends and family, was just another in a long line of events the students have taken part in to raise the £4,000 each student needs to pay for their trip. Summer 2018 will see twelve students travel to Tanzania to undertake important conservation work including expanding waterholes for wildlife as well as taking part in environmental education workshops with local children and visiting a traditional Masai village. 

Eleanor Skinner and Gracie Jacobs
Eleanor Skinner and Gracie Jacobs


Gracie and Eleanor, who are both over half way towards their individual targets, had mixed emotions over the abseil: “It was absolutely terrifying going over the edge!” explained Eleanor, “Getting the nerve to take that first step out was the biggest part…..after that the abseil was amazing.”

Gracie was equally as proud with her effort: “As well as raising money, I also conquered a fear. I have never abseiled before and it was so amazing that I did it twice! We are extremely lucky to be able to go to Tanzania with Newton Abbot College; it will give us a chance to help people less fortunate and literally help change lives. It is going to be a great adventure!”

Trip Organiser and Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Hannah Brown, said of the achievement:  “As staff we are always so pleased to see the students going that extra mile and taking on challenges above and beyond what the classroom offers them. The Camps International trip to Tanzania next summer is a fantastic opportunity for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone whilst experiencing the culture and nature of one of the most beautiful African countries. The fact that they have to fundraise to get themselves there means that they also develop their organisational and teamwork skills as well as their creativity. Since signing up for the trip to Tanzania, Gracie and Eleanor have worked very hard to fundraise and should be extremely proud of themselves for the free-fall abseil that they have taken part in.”

As well as raising money, I also conquered a fear. I have never abseiled before and it was so amazing that I did it twice! We are extremely lucky to be able to go to Tanzania with Newton Abbot College; it will give us a chance to help people less fortunate and literally help change lives. It is going to be a great adventure!

Gracie Jacobs, Year 10
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