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Ikwezi beckons for gap year trip

AN ADVENTUROUS student from Shirley will be swapping life in the borough for the South African sunshine when she takes up a post caring for youngsters at a children’s home in August.

AN ADVENTUROUS student from Shirley will be swapping life in the borough for the South African sunshine when she takes up a post caring for youngsters at a children’s home in August.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah McCone, who attends Solihull Sixth Form College, was selected by staff at the establishment to take part in a gap year placement after a visit by charity Project Trust to the educational premises last summer.

The organisation, which is based off the coast of Scotland on Argyll’s Isle of Coll, offers school leavers a life changing experience of working abroad.

Miss McCone will be jetting off later this year to Ikwezi, a town outside Mthatha in Eastern Cape and will be taking on a nurturing role, caring for newborn babies and older children up to the age of seven years at Bethany’s Place of Safety, who may have the HIV virus or come from abusive backgrounds.

Her duties will include feeding the youngsters and organising craft activities.

The youngster has already spent five days living on the remote Isle of Coll with a host family as part of the selection process to be picked by the charity.

Miss McCone, who is currently studying for A-levels in textile art, psychology and health and social care, is hoping to take up a career in teaching after her experience abroad. She said: “ I am really excited about going to South Africa and I was dancing around the room when I found out where I was going.”

She is appealing for help from the public to reach her target sum of £4,460 as so far she has an estimated £2,000 towards the trip.

Anyone who can help Sarah with sponsorship, should e-mail her at babeh.princess.sarah_x@hotmail.com or telephone 07821 643984.

 

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