Rachael on course for Chinese teaching trip

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Inspired by a friend an Arbroath teenager is hoping to raise money to teach children in China as part of a social enterprise project.

Arbroath Academy pupil Rachael Smith (17) has been given a target of £5,600 by organisers Project Trust to fund her teaching gap year in the Far Eastern state.

Enterprising Rachael has already raised around £1,500 of her total through donations and two very popular bake sales which raised £300 between them.

Rachael, one of the Academy’s vice-captain’s explained that her friend Karina Rattray’s teaching trip to Ghana was the catalyst for her own adventure.

She said: “It was actually Karina that inspired me. I always thought about taking a gap year because the university course I’m applying for will be so long and I didn’t know what I wanted to do or whether anyone would go abroad.”

Rachael is currently in the process of applying to a number of universities to study architecture, which will take seven years to complete.

She will be selling her popular cakes at the Christmas fayre at Arbroath Academy on Tuesday between 6 and 7 p.m., and Rachael has organised a band night in the Cliffburn Hotel on January 10.

For more details on her fund-raising schemes visit www.facebook.com/RachaelsChinaYear or email rachael_smith@live.co.uk or to donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachaelSmith