“I’m really interested in seeing how another culture lives,” said Katie Ingham.
The 18-year-old is in the process of raising more than £5,000 so she can travel to Uganda next August and become a volunteer teacher. She will teach at a local primary school and help in the community with other clubs as well as setting up extra curriculum ones for the children.
“I have grown up watching all the charity programmes on television and always wanted to do something to help. When I was looking for information about universities I saw the leaflet for Project Trust. I was always told to go to university first and do charity work afterwards but I realised it was better to do it this way,” said the former Brighouse High School student.
“I am sure it will be a very different experience to here. I’m really excited. I can’t wait and I want to go now.”
But in order to enjoy the experience Katie who lives at Shelf must raise £5,400. “I have done cake stalls, a Halloween party and I have done charity dinners and murder mystery nights with friends and family. With donations from the Charitable Trust I have reached £1,135.90,” she said.
The North Halifax Grammar School student also plans to raise funds by getting a job as a lifeguard. She has contacted Halifax Rotarians asking for support.
She has organised a coffee morning at Lower Wyke Moravian Church in the new year and along with her sister Claire they will take part in a sponsored 50km cycle in spring. She is also hoping to set up a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses.
“I have a lot of support from my parents, dad Simon and mum Tricia, but I think they are a bit worried about how I will cope. But it is important that I do this. I want to learn and understand different cultures.
“I am looking forward to teaching in classrooms because the teachers out there don’t have a high level of English so hopefully I will be able to help with that. When I return I will be going to university to study child psychology so this should help me.”
She added: “People think I’m brave for doing this. I can’t have contact with home and they don’t encourage you to have contact with your family at all and your friends. It is quite worrying but I think I will be able to cope with it. I plan to take a lot of pictures that will remind me of home.”
To sponsor Katie visit www.virginmoneygiving.co.uk and type in her name.
Katie will be bagpacking at Marks and Spencer’s in Halifax tomorrow, Friday, in a bid to raise extra funds for her African experience. She will be at the store straight after finishing college tomorrow afternoon wearing a printed T-shirt especially for the event.
Report by Michaela Maunders