Big thanks from teenager off to China

An Arbroath teenager who is off to teach under-privileged children in China has thanked her supporters in the town.

Rachael Smith, vice-captain at Arbroath Academy, is to leave this summer for the city of Jiujiang in the eastern agricultural province of Jiangxi where she will teach for a year with humanitarian charity Project Trust.

She said: “I will be teaching at the No.2 Middle School, where I will teach 15 lessons a week to classes of 60 students. The school is very basic and edges on being rural.”

According to Rachael it would have been almost impossible for her to meet the £5,600 fund-raising target that Project Trust sets its volunteers without the generosity of people in Arbroath.

A huge number of groups, businesses and individuals contributed to her cause.

Donations came from: Ian Smith Building Contractors, £500; Lodge The Bruce No. 593, £500; Rotary Club of Arbroath, £250; Angus Decorating Company Ltd, £100; The Voigt Partnership, £200; Northern Tool & Gear, £100; Mark Batchelor, £100; Arbroath Round Table, £150; Cath and George Brewster, for their donation; Neil Elford at Pie Bobs, cake boxes for bake sales; Cheryl Brown, organised a fund-raising concert; Mike Garett and friends, set up the Newgate Bowling Club bingo night; Becca Russell, Kirsty Hadden, Vikki Russell, Roseann Welsh and Norma McAra for all their help with fund-raising; Michelle and Ewan Brown for their support, dedication and donations.

Rachael added: “I would also like to thank anyone else who has donated or supported me in reaching my target. It is pretty clear that without this support I would not have been able to raise the necessary funds needed, so thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity.”