Working hard to make it to Jamaica

JAMAICA: Stacey Breede and Telene Ettridge.

JAMAICA: Stacey Breede and Telene Ettridge.

TWO Ceduna students have raised more than $5000 through community events to help fundraise their volunteer trip to Jamaica in July.

Stacey Breede and Telene Ettridge will help coordinate and teach sport activities with disadvantaged children at a sports camp in Jamaica for two weeks.

Through the organisation Projects Abroad, they selected the particular project in Mandeville, Jamaica, to gain experience of a new country and give something back to a small community like their own.

"We were on a transition trip last year through school where we were introduced to universities in Adelaide and it was there we found the Projects Abroad expo," Miss Breede said.

Miss Breede said they were are both heavily involved in teaching sport in Ceduna and it was an opportunity to use those skills to benefit others.

"We really want to come back to Ceduna with the knowledge to help our kids get into sport; we are lucky we have the option to play sport, so we want people to take advantage of that," Miss Breede said.

Since October last year, the community has allowed the duo to raise $5060.49 of the $13,810 required, which leaves $8749 to go.

It all began with a raffle at the Ceduna Oysterfest and continued to New Year's Eve glow stick sales, a cake stall at Vacswim and a disco night, all made possible through the Smoky Bay Club.

Miss Breede said the cake stall alone raised more than $2000.

"We can't believe how much help we have received; its amazing to see how much our community supports people trying to do something positive," Miss Breede said.

"The whole aim of the project is to also get our whole community together doing things," she said.

With only a five months to go Miss Breede is "nervous but excited" and the students need to reach their fundraising target.

To follow and donate visit their Jamaican Fundraiser Progress Facebook page.

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