A FORMER Ellon Academy pupil is seeking local sponsorship in a charity trek to the Himalayas.
Helen Wright, who now studies law at Glasgow University, will join a party of fourteen other students heading to the Base Camp at Mount Everest. As part of their expedition, the group will contribute to work done by Childreach International, who help disabled Nepalese children reach their full potential in a country where those with disabilities face major limitations. The students aim to raise £2,000 apiece for the journey.
Speaking to the Times, Helen said that she had become addicted to travelling when she participated in the school’s World Challenge expedition to Ecuador. Since then, she has also volunteered in Senegal for two months in 2011.
“I first caught the travel bug when I went to Ecuador with the academy’s World Challenge,” she said. “Since then, I’ve enjoyed travelling, and raising money for charity makes it even better. We’ll get to see the sun set over the top of Mount Everest, which will be pretty amazing. But we’ll also get to visit one of the villages where Childreach International have ongoing projects, so we’ll get to see for ourselves where the money we raise is going. Childreach do a lot of good work, and it’s a very worthwhile charity to support.”
Helen has a sponsorship page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/helenwrightexpeverest, or a donation of £3 can be made by texting UNLOCK 110462 to 70007.