Siblings raise £6,000 for an educational trip to Tanzania
Two teenagers have raised almost £6,000 for an educational expedition to the developing world.
Anna and Matthew Thompson, from Pulham St Mary, started fundraising a year ago – and still need a further £3,000.
Their goal to raise £9,000 will allow them to take part in a World Challenge Expedition in Tanzania in July, when they will join a dozen other students from Wymondham College.
Matt, 17, said: “The trip is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend time living among the Tanzanian people, helping with community projects and seeing the country’s wildlife and wonderful scenery first hand as we trek through mountains and forests.”
The pair will be tasked with providing a village water supply, renovating a school kitchen and working on a tree planting conservation project.
Matt and Anna will also go on safari and spend parts of their journey with the Maasai tribe, who inhabit central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
They will be encouraged to contribute to the community, while immersing themselves in a new culture and way of life.
Dad Paul said: “I am very proud that they are doing this life-changing event. It is certainly not easy, not just the challenge in Tanzania, but the fundraising and planning aspect of it too.
“They could’ve taken the easy way out and just used mum and dad’s bank account, but they didn’t.”
The expedition will last up to four weeks and requires up to 18 months of preparation, with the students responsible for raising £4,500 each.
So far, the siblings have busked outside supermarkets and farm shops, run pub quizzes and crafted decorations, such as gnomes and cake stands, to sell at fairs.