A party of teenagers is going straight from A-levels to Cambodia this weekend, armed with hundreds of tooth brushes.
Alana Hart,18, Chloe Isles, 17, and Eloise Burrows, 18, are all currently sitting A-levels at St Benedict’s Catholic Upper School in Bury St Edmunds until Friday and fly out on Saturday.
With them are group leader Philippa Sutton,22, who has just finished her second year at university and was working at a local primary school, and Anne Jackson, retired head of RE at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.
They will help deliver education to those who struggle to access it, whilst developing links for future diocese trips.
As well as raising money for their trip, they have been collecting items requested by those they will be visiting in Cambodia, including toothbrushes, combs and t-shirts, which will help with education in a different, but equally important way.
Anne explained: “We want to fill our suitcases with toothbrushes, combs and t-shirts. The toothbrushes are so important - at the learning centres all the students have a flannel, a mug and a toothbrush – it is part of their education.”
Phillippa said: “As someone passionate about children’s education, having the opportunity to help improve just a tiny part of the unjust education in our world today is something that I cannot wait to begin.”
Chloe said: “Education is such a strong issue for me, I want to be able to help people with it. I am having a gap year before going to university, so this will be a great start to it.”
Eloise, who lives in Newmarket, said: “I think it will help me to connect more when I see things on the news – to actually experience it will make it more real for me. I am looking forward to meeting people from a different culture and getting immersed in it.”
You can follow their progress at www.ourcambodiatravels2016blog.wordpress.com and donate at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/cambodia-alana