Posh Frocks and TiarasDate Posted: 29/11/2012 | Posted In: Latest news
A group of 18 students and 2 members of staff from Darlington’s Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College will travel to Botswana next summer to help in deprived communities. They’ll spend 16 days helping local people through the creation of sustainable vegetable patches and the building of traditional homes for AIDS orphans, as well as anything else they can do to assist. Whilst in Botswana they will also paddle the Okavango Delta and learn to survive in the desert with the Kalahari Bushmen!
To fund the project the group has been busy raising funds through various activities such as cake sales, ,bag packing, bungee jumping ,ice cream sales and much more including a Fundraising Ball held at Headlam Hall Hotel.
The Ball included a sumptuous four course meal, an African drumming troupe, a live singer along with a giant raffle and an auction of promises. The auction was kindly conducted by Maurice Scott of Hawes Auction Mart who encouraged the Ball guests to part with large sums of money for items such as a dinner party in their own home, climbing lessons and original art work. The evening was rounded off with the raffle of a holiday in Devon and a thank you from the students. A total of £5000 was raised on the night.
Student Emily Treadgold said:
“It was a great night and we certainly raised a lot of money which we will put to good use in Botswana. Everyone left the Ball smiling so I think they all enjoyed it.”
Nancy Wall, Project Co-ordinator, said:
“The students worked extremely hard to produce a very professional and enjoyable event which I am proud to be associated with. They worked as a team throughout and I look forward to taking them to Botswana next year.”