two Balwearie pupils are cooking up lots of fundraising plans to help them towards meeting the cost of a trip of a lifetime.
Georgina Robertson and Sally Borthwick (14), both S3 pupils from Kirkcaldy, are taking part in the school’s World Challenge Expedition to Mongolia next summer.
They will spend a month trekking, exploring, working and sightseeing in the unspoilt Asian country, alongside around 40 of their peers.
Balwearie has taken part in World Challenge trips every two years for the past decade and Georgina has been keen to participate since her older brother and sister went to Bolivia and Peru.
“They both had such an amazing time that, as soon as they launched this one I decided I definitely wanted to go,” explained Georgina.
Each pupil has to raise £4000 to cover the cost, but it hasn’t deterred the two girls.
Although the trip is more than a year away, they have already started fundraising.
Sally explained: “So far I have raised about £600 and we have more planned in the next few months.
‘‘We both have exams next year so we are hoping to get as much money as possible this year.”
The girls held a Christmas Fair in Kinghorn with two other friends who are also going on the expedition; Sally’s mum and gran knitted scarves and sold them to family and friends; Georgina made Christmas cards which her mum sold at work; and they went carol singing round Seafield and Dunnikier estates.
Their next big fundraiser entitled ‘Cakes in Cramond’ is this weekend at Cramond Church, Edinburgh, where Georgina’s uncle, the Rev. Russell Barr, is minister.
They are planning to bake hundreds of cakes to sell at the coffee bar in the church hall after the service. And they are also planning an Easter/Mothers Day Fair in March in Dunnikier Scout Hall and a ceilidh in September.
The Balwearie pupils will be split into groups of around 15 for the expedition, each organising, budgeting for and taking part in various adventures including acclimatisation, trekking or pony riding, and a community project.