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Holly set to change lives in the Rainbow Nation

Year 13 learner Holly Buchan is to travel as a volunteer to South Africa with Project Trust to help those less fortunate than herself. Following a long application process, Holly was invited to attend a gruelling selection course involving tough tasks, challenges and team-building activities. She was very pleased when she was informed that she had been successful in her application.

Holly is currently raising money to fund her once in a lifetime trip where she will share her passions and energy with the children and families in the community. Holly’s volunteer work will cover teaching, social care and outward bound projects.£6200 is the amount needed to fund the trip so Holly has begun her fundraising by planning lots of events including tackling the Three Peaks at night with family and friends, a quiz night, bag packing and a coffee morning, a bake sale, non-uniform day and sponsored sports events.

Holly was selected for this privilege and hopes to raise awareness of the Rainbow Nation, which describes the multicultural diversity, especially in the wake of apartheid. With a population of 56 million there are varied lifestyles which provide a rich culture. There are however still many issues South Africa continues to face such as poverty, unemployment and inequalities with regard to race and wealth. It has high crime and corruption rates and a high incidence of AIDS.

Holly said: “Following several months of hard work applying to the Project, I embarked on a rigorous and challenging selection course on the Island of Coll, off the West coast of Scotland. This resulted in an offer to volunteer, helping to change the lives of many young children and families less privileged than myself, experience and contribute to their lives and learn more about our world and myself. I’m really looking forward to my experience and I would be exceptionally grateful for any donation, regardless of the size. Thank you.”


Photo: Telegraph and Argus