Double boost for Ellon pupils’ trip

Jordan with family members and other party-goers at the 80s fancy dress fundraiser.
Jordan with family members and other party-goers at the 80s fancy dress fundraiser.

A step back in time has provided a timely boost for two Ellon Academy pupils.

Jordan Thorn,14, and Ciaran Fines,15, along with other Ellon pupils, are doing World Challenge 2014 which will take them to Tanzania, where they will spend a month working with underpriviled communities.

The pupils, assisted by mums Tracy and Wendy, organised an 80s fancy dress disco in the Station Hotel, Ellon, on Saturday night.

The evening brought in around £1,000, which will be split between both of them.

Pupils from Ellon have taken part in the challenge event enthusiastically in recent years. In order to take advantage of the exciting learning opportunity, they each have to raise £4,300.

Tracy said: “It was a really good night and they were delighted to raise around £1,000.

“It means they split it and it takes them nearer to their target.

She added: “Everyone had a really good time and we would like to thank all who supported the event.

“We were grateful to local businesses for putting up raffle prizes.”

Tracy said with so many pupils going on the trip it was difficult to come up with different fundraising ideas.

They are planning another event later in the summer.

It will be a psychic night featuring Annie Moon in the Station Hotel, Ellon, on Friday, August 30.

Around 50 pupils in three teams will be heading to Tanzania from Ellon Academy next summer.It is expected that they will be working on a school project during their stay.

Last year around 26 pupils in two teams went to Lapaz in Bolivia where they worked in an orphanage.

The project involved painting and varnishing the interior of several houses, with the materials being provided from funds raised by the pupils.

Fundraising is recognised as part of the challenge.