Three inspirational teenagers from Selkirk High School are half way to raising their target for a trip to Malawi.
The 16-year-olds in fifth year must raise £2,000 for the three-week expedition to Africa in six months’ time with the Borders Exploration Group, along with the 24 other Border teens chosen to go.
The trio, Hamish Robertson, Chloe Anderson and Erin Highton raised £300 in a ‘Wear What You Want Day’ at the High School, and a fourth, former pupil Kieran Riddel, has joined them in a £100 note competition. Each has 250 sponsorship forms to give out, and the sponsor who correctly guesses the last three digits of the serial number on their £100 note will win it.
Six months in, Hamish made another £100 from his book stall at Scott’s Selkirk, and a further £300 selling eggs from his road end (and 23 hens). Hamish is seeking sponsorship for a ‘Wee Touns of the Borders’ cycle-ride in February, following a route from Selkirk to Gala, Melrose, Lilliesleaf, Hawick, and back to Selkirk again. He’s also planning a car boot sale in Ancrum in February, and then a charity curry night.
Chloe Anderson has already raised £1,000 from her tray bake sales at horse competitions – including everybody’s favourite chocolate cake and truffles. Chloe hopes to rent a Selkirk pop-up shop for a bigger bake sale, and put on a quiz night at the Cricket Club in February. Erin Highton, who sings and plays guitar and piano, has organised a fundraising concert, open to all, at Selkirk High School’s music department on Monday at 7pm, performing her own songs alongside 10 other musical pupils, who are playing with her to help her reach her target.
Erin’s doing all this after her ‘Onesie Walk’ up the Three Brethren on Sunday, dressed in a ‘onesie’ jumpsuit – and she’s persuaded 10 friends to walk with her, and give their sponsorship cash to her cause.
If you’d like to donate, the crew will leave the Market Place on Sunday at 10am. Her total has reached £1,000, and she, too, plans to rent a pop-up shop to sell gifts made by her friends. More info at www.borders-exploration-group.org.uk