The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme does so much to help the development of youngsters who take part in it and also passes on ancillary benefits to the community.For instance, although many associate the Award Scheme with the 'expedition' – the trek by foot, on horse or any other form of transport, which is something of an outward bound adventure – it has a community aspect too.
One pupil at High School Kirriemuir has certainly done her part to help the Gambian community with her efforts.What has she done? As reported in the online press, Christie McNicol has raised a stunning £750 towards the Kunta Kinteh Nursery in the African country of Gambia.
It is not just Christie acting alone who has raised funds for the Gambian nursery – Jackie Learmonth has recently visited the country and was appalled by the state of the school which was described as being in an 'horrendous state.'Ms Learmonth has set up the Kunta Kinteh Nursery for children aged 4-7 and caters for 90 children in the three classrooms there.Ms Christie raised funds by doing a sky dive at the Errol airfield and contributed £750 towards the school.
She also works at the Woodville Inn as a waitress, which is owned by Ms Learmonth.Ms Learmonth has also raised funds for her school in the traditional way – by holding a coffee morning to collect funds for her extremely worthwhile project.