Kind-hearted students will be flying out to Africa to greet thousands of orphans laden with gifts and good cheer.
The team of nine 16-year-olds at Bay House School in Gosport have raised £1,300 each to fund the 10-day trip to Malawi where they will help the Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) charity.
Car washes, cake sales and a range of sponsored events have all been organised – and now the youngsters are asking for readers to help them buy lots of gifts for the orphans.
Emma Langstone, 16, says: ‘I’m looking forward to the trip and I hope we can keep the orphans entertained and help them in any way we can.
‘I’ve never visited Africa and I know it will be a great experience. I’d love to be able to bring them lots of equipment and toys from England to put a smile on their faces.’
FOMO supports more than 5,000 orphans from birth to 18 years through a network of 13 centres in the Mulanje district of Malawi.
It is a registered charity that Bay House set up links with several years ago, and this year two groups from the school will be heading out to teach English, paint orphanages, play sport, and give them toys, clothes and books.
Amber Bernice, 15, says: ‘I think I’ll find it very emotional but uplifting at the same time.
‘This is an amazing opportunity for all of us. This is our chance to give something back. I can’t wait to meet the orphans and play some football with them and teach English.
‘The more money we can raise the more we can do to help.’
Faye Warner, 15, adds: ‘I’ve already stocked up on sunglasses and other gifts, but I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible to give them a really nice surprise!’
Louise Webb, an admin assistant at the school, will be travelling with the group.
She says: ‘The students’ commitment is incredible.
‘They saw a video of the orphans and their hearts went out to them. I know they will make a difference.
‘The more money we can take out there the more good we can do.
‘Maze has trebled in price, so everything is incredibly expensive.’
n To make a donation, call Bay House on (023) 9258 7931.