Rwanda team say thank you

Arbroath Academy pupils and staff will soon be going to Rwanda on a cultural exchange trip and Rebecca Davies met with the group to talk to them about what to expect. Back: Jennifer Hannah, Bethany Reaney, Rebecca Davies, Teacher Kenny Hare, Pia Marchewka and Rachael Roberts. Front: Katie Morison, Mollie Ritchie, Dylan Mathieson and Blythe Stockdale. Also taking part in the trip but not pictured are pupil Tyson McCagh and staff members David McLeish and Evelyn Mitchell.
Arbroath Academy pupils and staff will soon be going to Rwanda on a cultural exchange trip and Rebecca Davies met with the group to talk to them about what to expect. Back: Jennifer Hannah, Bethany Reaney, Rebecca Davies, Teacher Kenny Hare, Pia Marchewka and Rachael Roberts. Front: Katie Morison, Mollie Ritchie, Dylan Mathieson and Blythe Stockdale. Also taking part in the trip but not pictured are pupil Tyson McCagh and staff members David McLeish and Evelyn Mitchell.

A team of pupils from Arbroath Academy is to embark on a trip to Rwanda to explore the beautiful country.

In June, nine pupils and three staff are returning to Rwanda to learn about the genocide first hand and help with regeneration projects throughout the country.

The team would like to say a huge thank you to the many people whose generosity has helped make their trip possible.

“A major project we are helping with in Rwanda is re-building homes for a small community on the outskirts of the capital city Kigali.

“We hope to fund, and help build a small cluster of houses in that area,” said teacher Kenny Hare.

“The kind donations of the people of Angus have been unbelievable and we want to take time to thank you all.”

Arbroath and Friockheim community: those who have supported our bag packs and everyone who attended our fund-raisers such as the quiz, bingo and Zumba nights.

Support from many local businesses such as: Claire Ramsay, Zumba, the Kessar Salimi, Jumpin’ Joeys, Mackays, support from Mike Weir, The Wood Family Trust who have all helped in a variety of ways.

Letham Community: supporting and hosting our coffee morning.

Edzell and Brechin community: for supporting and hosting our bridge morning.

Arbroath Academy: Thanks to all the pupils and staff that have supported and been involved in our events such as 24 hour football, netball, staff stars in their eyes, sponsored head shaves, leg waxing, sky dive and bungee jumps, Christmas fayre, Heather Lannetta for her hard work in making a beautiful doll and accessories that was raffled just before Christmas.

“The time, dedication and effort by all are greatly appreciated and the trip would not be possible

without the support,” concluded Mr Hare. “We look forward to seeing you again and please believe that every penny you have donated will go a long way in Rwanda.”

Pictured are, from left, back - Jennifer Hannah, Bethany Reaney, Rebecca Davies, Teacher Kenny Hare, Pia Marchewka and Rachael Roberts: front - Katie Morison, Mollie Ritchie, Dylan Mathieson and Blythe Stockdale. Absent when the picture was taken were pupil Tyson McCagh and staff members David McLeish and Evelyn Mitchell.