On the 20th of April I held a duck race down Rosemarkie burn with over 300 ducks! With the help of members from the Malawi team as well as Mrs Stewart and Mrs Mackintosh we managed to sell all of the ducks so thank you to everyone who helped. It was a great occasion with a large crowd cheering their ducks down the course. Three locals scooped the prizes including Angus Wilson from the team (not rigged I promise!). A big thank you to all those who donated prizes: Gabi's takeaway, Black Isle tree services and Jane Setford who baked a brilliant duck cake. We raised over £300 which was icing on the cake to an enjoyable fundraiser.
In November our 18 young expeditioners (is that a word??) spent a weekend at Badaguish, taking part in a number of stimulating and fun activities in the Glenmore area. As well as a number of team-building and peer education tasks, they were all responsible for planning and preparing the meals for the group. Well done everyone and many thanks to everyone involved in the trip. Here are some snapshots.
On Monday we travelled to Glasgow for a Global Education competition, where our "presenters" Ruairidh, Rosie, David, Katy and Archie performed really well - clear, confident and personable. They handled a couple of tricky questions well which was particularly impressive. While we did not win, the whole team has had a positive experience and returned with some ideas for the future. Thanks to everyone who took part, whether researching, presenting or supporting. It was a pleasure to be with the group and to see such development in a few short weeks.
As many of you will already know, for the last few months I have been selling a dog quiz around the Black Isle. We drew the winner on Saturday - congratulations to the Richards family. A £20 Pets at Home voucher is on its way to you. Thank you all for you entries. The Dog Quiz raised £230! The correct answers are below if you wish to know how well you did.
On the 17th August 2013 I took a stall at the annual Cromarty Gala Day to raise money for my Malawi trip. I gathered together lots of toys, books, games, jewellery, etc, that myself and my little sister don't want any more and that's what I sold, together with a 'guess the weight of the cake' game. My friend, Iona, helped me on the stall and Iona's mum baked the very impressive cake! Once I'd paid for the stall, I made a profit of £100 which I was quite happy with. It was good fun and I met and spoke to a few folk who have been to Malawi and were interested to hear about the school trip. My Auntie has spent a lot of time in Africa and been to Malawi so she donated the genuine Malawi football top that I am wearing in the photo! (Lauren Macleod, S2)
On a cold a cold and frosty day in November my family and I provided tea/coffee, soup and cakes for the competitors at an orienteering event in Moray. We raised a total of £115 - not bad given we were parked in the middle of a field! Next time we need more soup though because that was the first thing we ran out of!
Towards the end of October I hosted a coffee morning at my house as a fund-raising event.
It was a great morning and people seemed to be really interested about the trip and Linda's fund. Lots of people donated baking which I am very grateful for. The next morning I set up a stall outside the Spar to sell the leftover baking. We raised almost £300 in total. Thank you to everyone who donated and came along.
In the school holidays I completed a fundraising expedition, walking and running from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend-Newcastle. This is 80 miles in total, following Hadrian’s wall.
Here are some photos of my trip. It was pretty good fun really and not as boring as I thought It might be. The weather was pretty decent as well. Sometimes my legs felt like each had a ton weight attached, and when I ran it felt like someone was battering my knees. Overall, though, it was a pretty good trip and I also raised enough money to give me a break from jam-making for a while :D.
Earlier in October I hosted an African buffet as a fundraising event. I had a great time cooking a variety of different African dishes.
As well as preparing African dips and starters, I also made a chickpea and spinach curry with chapatis, North African chicken tagin, African meatballs, spiced rice with almonds and currants, quinoa tabbouleh, spiced buttered couscous and, for dessert, Malawian banana bread (nthochi) a South African melk tart and African fruit salad.
We invited friends and neighbours to come to our house for the event and 30 people attended. Everyone donated £10 and some donated more! We made flags and decorated the house with African decorations, picures of Malawi, Malawian cloths. It was a sunny day which was great so most of it was held in the garden. Before we ate I gave a presentation on Malawi and our 2015 expedition. Overall it went really well although I'm glad it is over as it was a lot of hard work! We raised £400 in total so thank you to everyone who took part.