Seventeen students from Stowupland High School are embarking on a World challenge event which will see them flying out to South Africa then across to Swaziland to help in a children’s orphanage for two weeks later this year. Each of the students have to raise money themselves to pay for the trip – nearly £3,000 each.
Student Imogen Flack had already made good progress in raising funds but came up with the bright idea of contacting some local companies to see if they would help. So when Alan Ridealgh, Managing Director at Muntons heard of the challenge he immediately offered to help. “It was quite eye opening to hear first-hand from Imogen, and her teacher Amy Keeble, of the challenges they will face and the good work they will be undertaking” said Alan. He continued: “I am sure that this will prove to be a life changing experience for all of the students and we must applaud Stowupland High School for undertaking this initiative.”
Alan Ridealgh and Dawn Knights from Muntons handed a cheque for £270 to Imogen to help with her fund raising and also provided a supply of useful items to help with the trip, including a fleece, polo shirt and beany hat to keep her warm during the cold nights in her tent.
The other students were not forgotten however and Muntons also provided sufficient polo shirts for all of the students and the teaching staff undertaking this challenge and suggested that the shirts were passed over to the orphanage, rather than bringing them home.
Dawn Knights, Muntons charity coordinator commented: “The climate in Swaziland can be quite extreme, with hot dry days and freezing nights, this coupled with the trowel based sanitary facilities and canvas sleeping arrangements will in themselves prove challenging enough for the students. And this before they even start helping with the children themselves. They are very brave.”
Muntons, the malt and malted ingredients company based in Stowmarket, export their products to 73 countries and have first-hand experience of overseas markets, although as yet Swaziland is not one that they supply.