Student prepares for Kenya mission

Kieran Booth will join the international team of volunteers heading to Kenya in June.
Kieran Booth will join the international team of volunteers heading to Kenya in June.

A young Aberdeenshire man is preparing to join an international expedition in the summer to teach first aid to schools and communties in remote parts of Kenya.

Kieran Booth, 20, from Barthol Chapel, was selected by the charity First Aid Africa last October to be a member of the 2016 team

It’s going to be a fairly tiring and demanding experience out in Kenya

Kieran Booth Volunteer

The third-year Robert Gordon University student will make the trip at the beginning of June to begin a full month of teaching before the next group of overseas volunteers arrives to relieve them.

First Aid Africa works to provide and encourage access to sustainable first aid equipment and education, delivering emergency healthcare solutions to benefit the public.

Each year, the charity sends teams of volunteers to rural areas of Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania to train communities in first aid.

Kieran, who recently completed his Overseas First Aid training course, is looking forward to the challenges he will face.

He said: “It’s going to be a fairly tiring and demanding experience out in Kenya but I have no doubt it will be equally rewarding.

“I applied to get involved as I knew it would be something totally different and out of my comfort zone but it feels great knowing that I’ll be helping to provide support and make a real difference in areas where first aid knowledge and resources are practically nil.”

Ahead of the expedition, Kieran is required to raise money for the charity to cover the costs of the various resources and materials required during the trip and beyond.

A fund-raising quiz night will be held on Saturday, April 23, in the Melvin Hall, Tarves, suitable for all ages.