North East SNP MSP Mark McDonald has donated £200 to Rachael Metcalf, a 6th year pupil at Inverurie Academy, to help fund her gap year in Guyana with Educational Volunteering Charity, Project Trust.
Rachael is going to embark on a 12 month teaching project with the charity where she will have the opportunity to work in and add value to a community. The money she has raised so far (more than £2000) will help pay for her travel costs as well as acting as her salary for the duration of her stay.
Mr McDonald made the donation as part of his pledge to donate his council wage to voluntary groups and charities.
On receiving the cheque, Rachael said: “I am so grateful for this donation and for the opportunity that Project Trust has given me.”
Commenting, Mr McDonald said: “It is a great opportunity for Rachael to experience working abroad and an admirable way to spend her year out. She will be a great asset to the project and hopefully she will raise the remaining £3000 that she requires.”
“This is a fantastic cause and I hope lots of people will donate to help Rachael reach her fundraising target. Anyone who wishes to find out more about donating can contact Rachael by getting in touch with my office in Inverurie.”
Project Trust specialises in sending 17-19 year old school leavers overses for eight or 12 month volunteer placements in Africa, Asia or the Americas. The main philosophy is to provide young people with an opportunity to understand a community overseas by living and working there for a year and immersing themselves in it. All the projects are vetted for their suitability for volunteers, and none deprive local people of work.
All volunteers are given a challenging and exciting opportunity to develop themselves, and all the support they require is available to them when needed.