A pupil from Ellon Academy is preparing to take part in a 10k challenge in aid of the Uganda Marathon Foundation later this year.
S3 pupil Bobby Boardman will join his mum Carron and dad Bruce when they fly to Uganda on Saturday, May 18.
The race itself will take place on Saturday, June 1 following a week of volunteering with the projects the family are supporting.
Bobby decided to take part in the event after struggling to find a work placement that he would enjoy.
After some thinking his parents decided to come up with a life experience for him instead.
Mum Carron said: “We came across the Uganda Marathon Foundation while looking for a challenge that could make a difference.
“The Uganda Marathon Foundation works to alleviate poverty in rural Uganda by empowering local community organisations to be self sufficient through revenue generating or cost saving projects.
“The aim is to succeed in giving all the grassroot partner projects the means to become entirely self reliant, enabling them to do the incredible work they do within their community without the reliance of external funding and grants.
“They have set out to achieve this by offering people around the world the chance to connect and explore rural Africa and the very projects they have fundraised for. This, along with taking part in the Marathon running festival, will give Bobby a life experience and a personal challenge that he won’t forget.
Carron added: “Bobby is a very caring young man and understands that life isn’t easy for everyone. He is hoping to make an impact on the lives of some less fortunate children.
“He has set a fundraising target of £5249.34 which is the amount of pennies it would take to cover the 10k distance of the race he is taking part in.
“This is a massive personal challenge to Bobby as he is not a sporty child. He is taking his training seriously and is hoping to cover the whole distance without stopping.
“Ellon Academy have been extremely supportive allowing Bobby to do this as an alternative for his work experience. Bobby hopes to share his experiences with his peers on his return.”
Ellon Academy headteacher Pauline Buchan commented: “We are so proud of Bobby and we feel that going to Uganda will be a wonderful opportunity for him and his family to help and support people who are less fortunate than our selves.
“As a school we fully support Bobby and his family and our plan is to provide Bobby with opportunities to share his plans and experiences with staff and peers before he goes and on his return, so others can learn and benefit from what he gains from this amazing opportunity.”
In hope of reaching his target Bobby is selling sweets with all proceeds going direct to the family’s chosen project.
They have also planned a fundraising Race Night on Saturday, April 27 at The New Inn in Ellon.
Tickets are £15 and those interested in attending can call either 07572 653610 or 07738 240667.
Carron said: “If there are any local businesses that would like to sponsor a race this would be welcomed. As will any donations towards raffle or auction items.
“The trip is fully funded by ourselves so any donations we receive through fundraising will go direct to the people who need it.”
To support the family with their fundraising efforts donations can be made online at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/carronbrucebobby.