A young Arbroath woman has expressed her thanks after raising enough money to spend a year teaching in Ghana.
On Wednesday former Arbroath High School pupil Karina Rattray left home to begin her trip to the West African state to teach English, maths, science and IT to underprivileged children for a year.
Karina raised £5,500 through a number of different events to enable her to take part in the volunteering scheme run by charity Project Trust.
A delighted Karina said: “First of all I would like to thank all the local businesses who donated raffle prizes, there are too many to mention!
“Local supermarkets Asda and Tesco for allowing me to do a bag pack, Seaton Caravan Estate and The British Legion for allowing me to hold fund-raising events in their buildings, The Round Table, Rotary Club and The Ladies Friendship Circle for their generous donations and the Arbroath Herald for getting word out about my year overseas and promoting my events.
She continued: “I would also like to thank all my friends and family who have kept me sane during the fund-raising process and have kept my spirits high when I thought I wouldn’t make it. Without them I don’t think I would be where I am now as I couldn’t have done this all on my own.
“And lastly, the biggest thanks of all would be to the community, because without their constant generous donations, be it through sponsoring me or turning up to my events, I would never have raised the sum of money and would not be going on an adventure of a lifetime.
“It means a great deal to me and I cannot express my thanks enough to everyone involved. Throughout the whole experience I have met so many kind people, most of whom I will miss dearly when the time comes to leave Arbroath and jet off to Ghana.”
Karina will fly from London tomorrow (Saturday) and you can follow her exploits online at www.karinasghanaway.wordpress.com