Holly reaches fund-raising total for Malaysia trip

Pictured are Gladys Main, Holly, Alex Kinnison, Kayleigh Smith, Kirsty Bowie, Elsie Robertson, Michele Renfrey, Amber Pithie-Renfrey, Karine Murray & Mary Hart.

Pictured are Gladys Main, Holly, Alex Kinnison, Kayleigh Smith, Kirsty Bowie, Elsie Robertson, Michele Renfrey, Amber Pithie-Renfrey, Karine Murray & Mary Hart.

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An Edzell youth hoping to make a difference in Malaysia during her gap year, has reached her fund-raising total.

Holly Kidd was prompted to take up the chance to teach abroad after being inspired by a visitor to the school who spoke about her gap year with the educational voluntary charity, Project Trust.

During her gap year, the Mearns Academy pupil will spend a year as a teaching assistant in a Mara School in Malaysia.

Holly explains: “Mara Schools are Government run secondary schools for Malay children who have quite rural backgrounds and are classed as third world citizens.

“It gives children the opportunity to receive a good educations.

“I have read online that a lot of the students there go on and graduate and get scholarships to study overseas.”

In order to fulfil her gap year project, which will see her become a teaching assistant, Holly needed to raise money to fund the cost of her trip.

It was estimated to cost £5,400 and she was able to raise £3,100 through a number of fund-raising activities from quiz sheets to holding stalls at car book sales as well as donations from family, friends and charitable trusts.

Holly raised the rest of her cash for her trip at a fashion show held at The Burn House, Edzell, on June 25.

Commenting on the event, Holly said: “It was huge success with around 100 people attending- far more than we anticipated!

“We managed to raise approximately £1200 from the tickets and raffle which means I have reached my fund-raising target of £5400.”

The event was compered by Marshall Wilkie, who Holly said was “highly entertaining.”

Holly also paid tribute to the people who made the event possible. She commented: “Paul Middlemiss and the staff of the Burn House were excellent hosts and Carrie Murdoch and the team from Encore and PamperZone, who provided the clothes and makeup, kept everything running smoothly.”

Holly added: “I just wanted to thank everyone for attending and helping out on the night as they made it a great success.”