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Target in sight for Rachael

Rachael Smith received a �500 cheque from Lodge The Bruce 539 in Friockheim last week. Handing over the donation is past master Jim Brown while fellow Freemasons look on.

Rachael Smith received a �500 cheque from Lodge The Bruce 539 in Friockheim last week. Handing over the donation is past master Jim Brown while fellow Freemasons look on.

An Arbroath teenager is close to her fund-raising total for a unique teaching opportunity in China thanks to the generosity of the community.

Rachael Smith (17), a vice-captain at Arbroath Academy, has raised around £4,100 of her £5,600 total, to travel to China to teach for a year.

Her most recent donation came from Lodge The Bruce 539, who presented her on Thursday with a cheque for £500.

Rachael is due to head off to China in August with international charity Project Trust, and is excited at the prospect. She said: “I am most looking forward to living in a completely alternative culture.

“I have never lived anywhere else apart from Arbroath, never mind on my own, so I am excited and nervous for the independence.

“I am also looking forward to being able to influence the schools at which I work and help the young people there.”

According to Rachael she has had a great response from people and businesses in Arbroath. She said: “I am very happy with the public’s response to my fund-raising.

“They seem to take more of an interest into what I will actually be doing with my time in China and even make a few suggestions.

“I am especially thankful to the companies such as Northern Tool and Gear, Voigt, Ian Smith Building Contractors and Mark Batchelor, as they have made great contributions towards my trip.”

Rachael has more fund-raising events in the pipeline. To follow her progress visit facebook.com/RachaelsChinaYear or to donate go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachaelSmith

 

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