Girls plan second mission to Africa

Siobhan and Amy
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Two Queensferry students are set to jet off to Africa later this year to work with orphans in Tanzania.

Best friends Siobhan Gunn and Amy Derrick, both 17, will spend 10 months working with young children at an orphanage in the town of Arusha, which is the gateway to the Serengeti National Park.

The sixth year students at Queensferry High School will provide day care to the children and also teach basic English while over there.

The girls applied to the charity Projects Abroad last year and found out they had been accepted in October.

Due to the length of their stay, they now have major fundraising to undertake before they make their trip as each has to raise £7500.

So far they have raised over £500, running a stall at Queensferry High School’s Christmas Fayre.

Their next venture is a 
bingo night on Friday, January 31, in the town’s Masonic Hall.

They also plan to hold quiz nights, bag-packing sessions and other fundraising activities.

While a visit to Tanzania would be a one-off lifetime 
experience for many teenagers their age, not so for Siobhan and Amy.

They are already no strangers to the African continent.

For, in 2012, they were members of a High School trip to Kenya where they met up with pupils from Kiamuriuki High in Chogoria, Queensferry’s link school.

And the girls are set to return there again on February 13 where this time round they will mentor fourth and fifth year pupils on an exchange visit.

The girls plan to take a year out before going to university in 2015 to study business and social work-related courses.

Best friends Siobhan Gunn and Amy Derrick, both 17, will spend 10 months working with young children at an orphanage in the town of Arusha, which is the gateway to the Serengeti National Park.

The sixth year students at Queensferry High School will provide day care to the children and also teach basic English while over there.

The girls applied to the charity Projects Abroad last year and found out they had been accepted in October.

Due to the length of their stay, they now have major fundraising to undertake before they make their trip as each has to raise £7500.

So far they have raised over £500, running a stall at Queensferry High School’s Christmas Fayre.

Their next venture is a 
bingo night on Friday, January 31, in the town’s Masonic Hall.

They also plan to hold quiz nights, bag-packing sessions and other fundraising activities.

While a visit to Tanzania would be a one-off lifetime 
experience for many teenagers their age, not so for Siobhan and Amy.

They are already no strangers to the African continent.

For, in 2012, they were members of a High School trip to Kenya where they met up with pupils from Kiamuriuki High in Chogoria, Queensferry’s link school.

And the girls are set to return there again on February 13 where this time round they will mentor fourth and fifth year pupils on an exchange visit.

The girls plan to take a year out before going to university in 2015 to study business and social work-related courses.