A Beeslack Community High School pupil is to take a brave step outside the classroom by embarking on a 22-day expedition to Malawi.
Ross Murray (16) will be working with charities that promote girls education (Chesney Trust) and wildlife rescue and conservation (Lilongwe Wildlife Trust).
He will also spend time helping the Ministry of Hope Orphanage, which cares for babies that were born with HIV or who have been abandoned due to their parents dying from the disease.
The unique experience encourages leadership, teamwork, confidence and independence. It also tests entrepreneurial skills as Ross has been challenged with raising his own funds for the trip, through planned fundraising events and part-time work.
Kicking off his corporate fundraising, Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith has agreed to part-sponsor the teenager.
Manager Matin Khan, speaking on behalf of his team, said: “We are proud to support Ross with his personal fundraising for this trip and are impressed that he is taking on board the challenge of contributing to community and environmental projects so far from home.
“This expedition shows his determination, sense of adventure and entrepreneurial spirit and we all wish him luck on his trip.”
Ross added: “I want to thank the team at Itihaas restaurant who have given me real encouragement by supporting me, not only financially, but for believing in what young people in Midlothian are capable of.”
By way of thanks, the youngster will proudly display the Itihaas name and logo on his expedition kit.
Ross is looking for another three local companies to financially back his charity work.
If you own a local business and are interested in supporting his effort through sponsorship, you can get in touch via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.