Joseph Whitaker pupils hold fundraiser for Kenya trip

NMAC11-3105-1'Sixth formers from the Joseph Whitaker School pictured at the start of their 24 hour exercise marathon which they did partly at Fitness First and also at their Rainworth school, where Centre Parcs loaned  them some spinning machines.  They are on the back row, Luke Radford and Charlott Williams, with from left, David Lagerberg, Nicholas England and Chris Jones with their fundraising buckets in aid of their Kenyan trip.
NMAC11-3105-1'Sixth formers from the Joseph Whitaker School pictured at the start of their 24 hour exercise marathon which they did partly at Fitness First and also at their Rainworth school, where Centre Parcs loaned them some spinning machines. They are on the back row, Luke Radford and Charlott Williams, with from left, David Lagerberg, Nicholas England and Chris Jones with their fundraising buckets in aid of their Kenyan trip.

PUPILS from Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth have taken part in a gruelling 24-hour exercise marathon to raise funds for an eye-opening trip of a lifetime to Kenya.

The 19 sixth form students have been tasked with raising nearly £20,000 - £950 each - and the exercise marathon, which started on Friday, was their toughest fundraising challenge yet.

Teams took turns to man the non-stop, day-long fitness challenge at the school and at Fitness First in Mansfield.

Assistant headteacher and trip organiser, Fiona Derrick, said she was proud of their efforts.

“This was a difficult challenge and they absolutely worked their socks off,” she said.

“This event was less about raising the money as it was building their team working skills and team spirit.”

Far from being a dream holiday, should the students raise the cash needed for the trip in February next year, they will be refurbishing a market place, teaching and promoting the traditional Olympic values.

It will also include waking up at 4am - which is the time Kenyan teenagers traditionally get up to start their chores before school.

The pupils are also trying to collect donations of sports equipment and other items to give to the Kenyans.

Mrs Derrick said the teenagers had jumped at the chance to visit the African state after the success of a similar trip in 2008.

She said: “It’s all about opening their eyes and challenging stereotypes they might have - a Kenyan 16 -year-old is going to have the same thoughts and ideas they might have - but they may not have the same material positions or luck a teenager here might have enjoyed.”

The school is part of a link up between nine schools in the UK, Kenya and Ghana.

Anyone who can help with a donation should contact Mrs Derrick on Mansfield 792327.