Challengers gear up for Bolivian ceilidh

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SENIORS at Ellon Academy taking part in the annual World Challenge Expedition next year are to host a ceilidh to help raise funds for their journey.

The group, who are heading to Bolivia in 2012, will undertake a journey into a nation renowned for its political instability, grinding poverty and sharp ethnic divides. The trip will include a rainforest expedition, as well as an ‘acclimatisation’ period in the mountains near the capital La Paz, to adjust the group to the high altitudes of Bolivia’s highlands.

The challengers say that they are looking forward to the challenge, and that the ceilidh should cover a significant element of their expenses, for which pupils have to undertake their own fundraising. The group were helped in their organisation by Youth Worker Brenda Thorley, whose son Luke is DJ at the event.

Meanwhile, the School Ceilidh Band will keep partygoers entertained with a selection of traditional music.

Geography teacher Fran Tomlinson, who is going to South America with the youngsters, said: “Unfortunately I can’t be at the ceilidh, as I will be attending the wedding of a former World Challenger at the school who went to Venezuela! I’m sure it will be a great night, though.”

The ceilidh takes place at the Station Hotel in Ellon between 7 and 12pm on Saturday, August 27. Admission is £10, £6 for children, and includes stovies. There will also be various raffles and games on the night. Tickets can be obtained from any Challenger, or by contacting Ellon Academy on 01358 720715.