Friday 17th August 2007 by C. Freeman
Students at Brooke Weston have raised funds to support a former student in her work overseas. Emma Chapman is going to teach English to Sri Lankan children but first she has to raise at least £2,000 to secure her place on the project. Staff at Brooke Weston were so impressed with Emma's plans that the students all got involved and planned a 'fete day' in College . The Year 10 groups ran a variety of stalls and all the proceeds went towards Emma's 'Project Sri Lanka' appeal. Brooke Weston also held a mufti day in which all students took part to raise extra funds.
The fete day took hours of planning and preparation and was very well supported. The fete day and mufti day raised nearly £1,000 which will be split between Emma's cause and students, Bex Auty and Kelly Fabian, who are also fundraising for an overseas trip.
Emma, who left Brooke Weston two years ago, is studying for a degree in medical anthropology at Durham University. She was delighted with the money. She said: 'I'm really pleased with the response from Brooke Weston. This event has really raised awareness of the project.'
Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) has already spent £30,000 building and equipping a pre-school as part of its tsunami appeal. Now fifteen students are each having to raise at least £2,000 to take part in 'Project Sri Lanka.'
Emma, and the other Durham University students will spend nine weeks in Sri Lanka, staying at the University of Ruhuna and teaching English at the pre-school. If Emma raises more than £2,000 then the excess will be given to meet needs in the Sri Lankan community. Before Emma starts teaching the students, who speak Ceylonese, she will have a week long cultural visit around the island. Emma intends to base her dissertation on her experiences overseas and had promised to let Brooke Weston students know how she is getting on with a return visit in the autumn. In the meantime students can keep an eye on her progress by visiting the project Sri Lanka web site