Thomas Gainsborough School students in Great Cornard launch fundraising drive for expedition to regenerate jungle in Borneo
Secondary school students are gearing up for an epic trip abroad to support a jungle regeneration programme in south east Asia.
Pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard have launched a major fundraising drive to finance a month-long community scheme in Borneo.
Run by Camps International, the group of 13 students will support the community of Batu Puteh by helping to regenerate the jungle through a reforestation programme.
The project will also involve helping to build new schools and classrooms.
“Academia is so important but these life skills are too,” said Anna Gibson, regional expeditions co-ordinator from Camps International.
The students must raise more than £4,000 each to fund the trip, with fundraising already under way.
“It’s an incredible employment skill – fundraising shows tenacity,” said Anna, adding that other skills will be gained from the project.
“They will have to engage with people. They will only achieve their target by working as a team.”
Year 12 student Bethany Williams highlighted some of the reasons which inspired her to take part in the project.
“One of our main school values is to get involved and help others, and that’s something I want to do,” she said.
“I want to help children that don’t have the same opportunities as us.”
The students will have to camp outdoors and sleep in hammocks, while mobile and internet services will have to be sacrificed.
“It’s going back to basics,” said Anna.
The group will be given the opportunity to explore some of the native wildlife, which will include a visit to an orangutan sanctuary.
Year 10 student Max Kalinski added: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
To donate to the students’ fundraising target, email firstname.lastname@example.org.