Victoria is closer to her dream trip

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A dedicated teenager is hosting a fund-raising coffee morning in Inverkeilor next month to take her a step closer to her dream.

16-year-old Victoria Perfecka plans to fulfil her ambitions of becoming a vet by taking part in a month-long volunteering project in Ghana this summer.

The Montrose Academy pupil has had her heart set on becoming a vet since a very young age and is working hard to achieve that.

She explained: “One evening in the summer of 2005, my mum sat beside me and asked me a simple yet very difficult question ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’

“I thought about it for a few minutes before answering that perhaps I want to be a ‘police woman’ but, as soon as I said it, I knew it felt wrong.

‘Mum, I want to be a vet’ I added a few moments later. And at that moment I knew it was what I wanted. I am now 16. I have stuck to my dream for nine years now and everyday, my passion for it grows.

Project Abroad will send Victoria to Ghana for four weeks over June and July to shadow a local vet and gain valuable experience. She said: “Obviously, the experience comes with a cost. I am extremely grateful for all kinds of donations, both financial and raffle prizes.”

Victoria will be holding a coffee morning at the Montrose YMCA tomorrow (Saturday), and at Inverkeilor Church hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. She also plans a sponsored ‘Run Into The Sea’ at 3 p.m. on March 1, at Montrose beach.

To donate visit or search for Victoria’s Veterinary Ghana Project on Facebook.