Good start for Karina’s fund

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AN ARBROATH High pupil was delighted by the response to her fund-raiser earlier this week.

Sixth Year pupil Karina Rattray (17) organised a prize bingo session at the Seaton House Hotel on Monday evening and raised over £500 for her cause.

Karina is raising money to fund a teaching gap year to Ghana to help underprivileged schoolchildren and needs £5,500 to make the trip possible.

She said: “I managed to raise £550.96 altogether throughout the night, there was a pretty good turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

Karina hopes to travel to Ghana next August to spend a year teaching primary school age pupils English, mathematics, science and IT.

She is currently studying for two Advanced Highers and three Highers and plans to go to university to study criminology or psychology.

The bingo night was put together with help from several local businesses and Karina wished to extend her thanks to everyone who was involved.

She said: “I’d like to thank Abbey Music, The Bell Rock, Zaram and Jasmine House for providing me with prizes.

“And also Gala Bingo who provided the bingo books and pens.”

The trip is run by non-profit education charity Project Trust which for the last 40 years has sent school leavers between the ages of 17 and 19 to Asia, Africa and South America.

The aim of the scheme is to completely immerse a young person in the culture of a country by living and working there for 12 months.

It can improve their communications, teaching, maturity, independence, confidence and foreign language skills.

Karina said: “Ever since I first heard about Project Trust over a year ago I have wanted nothing more than to go overseas with the organisation and was over the moon upon finding out that I had been one of the lucky volunteers to be selected.

“Whilst overseas I’ll be working as a teacher in Ghana offering my knowledge from the developed Scottish education system to younger children who may never get the chance to receive enough education to make their way up in life.”

The £5,500 will be used to fund flights to Ghana, medical and baggage insurance, a support group which will work with Karina, accommodation and selection, training and debriefing courses on the Isle of Coll.

The imaginative teenager has also designed T-shirts with the logo Get Karina to Ghana 2013-14 logo on them to help with her fund-raising efforts and they will be available in the near future.

Karina has set up a Facebook page to enable supporters to track her progress and keep up to date with forthcoming fund-raising events, it can be found at www.facebook.com/GetKarinaToGhana201314.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to Karina’s fund can do so by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KarinaRattray.