Year 11 Newton Abbot College student, Eleanor Skinner, is celebrating following the completion of her fundraising efforts for her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanzania with the College and Camps International in August.
The substantial £3,790 target was achieved through a tireless series of fundraising efforts from car boot sales, jumble sales, salsa nights, abseiling challenges, jewellery making, craft fairs, selling items on e-Bay and making Christmas decorations.
News of her incredible efforts have not gone unnoticed; Camps International will be using details of Eleanor’s efforts as part of their reference guide to help new students at the beginning of their fundraising journeys. August 2018 will see twelve Newton Abbot College 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 said of her efforts: “It has been a real challenge to keep thinking of new things to do to raise the necessary money. I am lucky that I have had the help of my family, friends and guidance from College. It was really important to me to raise all the money before the end of December so that I can now focus all my energy on my GCSE examinations. I am really looking forward to going to Tanzania; it will be incredibly enriching working with underprivileged children in their own environment and culture. I am hoping to teach children overseas in the future and this is a unique opportunity to experience this first hand.”
Trip organiser and Team Leader of Modern Languages, Hannah Brown, was impressed with Eleanor’s efforts: “Eleanor has shown just what can be done; she has displayed great determination and motivation in raising as much as she has. We are incredibly proud of her and all the students who are preparing for the trip and we are looking forward to making a real and tangible difference to people’s lives in Tanzania in the summer.”