Many youngsters who are nearing their exams would think about taking some time out for themselves, but not sixth year Brechin High School pupil Shannon Collie, who instead has decided to knit blankets for Africa.
The idea was first brought up by Modern Studies teacher Ms Cunningham who mentioned the idea to Shannon and since then the project has grown.
The knit for Africa project can only happen with the help of others and already the response from pupils within the school has been amazing.
“For Knit for Africa we are knitting squares and making them into a blanket,” explained Shannon.
“The project is getting bigger by the day and we are teaching some of the younger pupils to knit too.
“Teachers are also taking part.”
Even Shannon, who is studying four Highers, had to teach herself to knit a couple of week’s ago to take part in this project.
In July Shannon, Ms Cunningham and one other teacher hope to travel to Kenya. During their time there it is hoped the trio will help make chalet homes.
“It costs £50 to make a house for a family of five. We are hoping to go round some of the most poverty ridden places and see if there is anything we can do,” Shannon continued.
“We don’t want to go there and do something that they don’t actually need. It is better that we go there and find out what they do need and work it out from there.”
“Trying to raise £2000 near exam times is quite hard,” explained Shannon.
“The teachers are going to find it easier to raise the money than I am. Even with two jobs I am going to struggle and I am going to have to leave one job soon to concentrate on my exams.”
Shannon took part in a bag pack at the Co-op on March 9 to help raise money to ship the blankets and to buy times such as socks and shoes for the children in Kenya.
She hopes to take part in another back pack in the near future to raise more money for Kenya as well as to raise fund for the school show – another event that Shannon is involved with.
“It would be amazing if people could knit squares or give donations of wool,” said Shannon.
Anyone who wishes to knit squares for the blanket can do so by knitting squares that are 30 stitches by 30 stitches. Squares can be any colour except white and cream which are seen as a mourning colour in Africa.
Donations of wool, squares, or any monetary donations can be made by through the school.