While a certain well-known bear called Paddington has left ‘darkest Peru’ and headed for the bright lights of these shores, in a box-office cinema smash, Barmy owner Eve Lodge is aiming to make the opposite journey in the summer of 2016.
Teenage entrepreneur Eve is making her mark on the world with her Barmy business while studying for her A levels at Shelley College – and now the 16-year-old has signed up for an expedition to South America.
Barnsley girl Eve (pictured below) will be part of the ‘2016 Peru School Expedition’ put on by Camps International – if she can raise over £4,000.
That is the cost of the four-week summer trip, which will see students from Shelley College join forces with members of the Camps International organisation to work on projects, including a school, to improve the standard of living for rural communities in Peru and also help maintain the conservation efforts in the area.
A trek to Machu Picchu and a visit to Lake Titicaca is also included.
Said a Camps International representative: “The main bases for the expedition will be the magnificent Andean basin, the culturally diverse Lake Titicaca and the picturesque region around the Colca Canyon.
“The communities in each camp are very diverse – and the project work the young people will undertake will aid in the improvement of the standard of living of those communities.
“All of the camps are between 3,000 and 3,8000 metres above sea level, meaning the students will in all probability experience very hot days but bitterly cold nights. Project work will revolve around the improvement of school infrastructure, tourism development, village or agricultural infrastructure, teaching of English and ICT, and playing sports with local children.”
Eve, who has a national cheerleading coaching certificate, has already said she hopes to get the Peruvian youngsters into a cheerleading team! And she is looking to take along some Barmy bunting too, to decorate the school.
But first she has to draw up her fundraising plans in order to meet the tough financial target.
Said Eve: “My Barmy business will help me of course but I’m looking to come up with as many fundraising ideas as possible. And if there are any people out there who can help in that regard I’d be very grateful. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s a big target, I know that, but I’m determined to raise the money and go on the trip.
“My grandad went to Peru for Cancer Research years ago – and made the trip to Machu Picchu – and he always said it was an unforgettable experience. My Auntie Helen went to Nepal for Cancer Research too. And my uncle Ben, who died when I was younger, was such an adventurous spirit that he would have loved to see me going for something like this.”
- You can help Eve realise her Peru dream when you shop via www.easyfundraising.org.uk Just look for Camp International Peru 2016 – Eve Lodge.
- For more details on the trips put on by Camps International go to: www.campsinternational.com