The prospect of changing even just one person’s life for the better is, according to one 16-year-old Harleston school pupil, the ultimate drive behind his impending journey to the opposite side of the planet later this year.
Jack Allison, a Year 11 student at Archbishop Sancroft High School, is preparing to embark on a two-week voluntary trip to the Phang Nga province in Thailand at the start of August, in aid of the region’s vital education and community centres.
A resident of Colegate End Road in Pulham Market, Jack said out of all the volunteer work projects he researched, this particular scheme, organised by major aid body Global Vision International, by far made the biggest impression on him.
He told the Diss Express: “There is a vast amount of pain and suffering in the world and if I can do something to change one person’s life for the better, I will and if I do I will be more than satisfied.
“I typed in ‘voluntary work for under 18s’ online and this one just really jumped out at me.
“I know Thailand is such a beautiful country, and not only am I learning about the culture, but it has a real impact on people too.
“I am extremely excited and I can’t wait to be out there.”
Jack, who is also a member of his school council and ran as a candidate in the Norfolk Youth Parliament elections held early last year, added he appreciated the support he had received so far and would be grateful for any donations towards his cause.
At the time of going to press, his appeal to help finance the trip has raised £1,612 of the £2,050 goal, including £292 collected during a special non-uniform day at his high school, in addition to a £50 donation from Harleston and District Rotary Club.
The project will see him carry out renovations, decoration and maintenance at various Thai education centres, which are used by local children and adults for learning and practicing language, arts and music.
Anybody interested in making a pledge to support Jack on his journey is asked to pay a visit to www.gofundme.com/jackallison