Students off to Romania to help young orphans

Three pupils from Maxwelltown High School in Dumfries travelled to Romania in June 2010 to help give orphans a holiday of a lifetime. Paul Haire, Ailish Imrie and Adam Halliday, who are all 17, were chosen from six students who volunteered to help on the 10-day trip to Constanta on the Black Sea coast. They all raised the £400 each they needed to cover their costs. The visit is being organised by Dumfries-based charity the RAP Foundation, which works with an orphanage, Camin Hospital Number 8, in Bucharest. Linda Barr from RAP said “The pupil’s duties included escorting young people from the Camin by bus, looking after and playing with them at the beach, doing arts and crafts and helping at mealtimes. One of the main objectives is about respect and hope.” Linda further said “The pupils are committed to demonstrating respect and hope to those young people from the Camin, so that the Romanian staff can see that other youngsters care about them and the young people with disabilities.” Maxwelltown High School pupils recently organised a ‘Romanian Lunch’ fundraising event in aid of the RAP Foundation following a visit by Linda, with a £5.00-a-head three-course meal for Teachers, a game of Bingo and a performance inspired by the Romanian Cheeky Girls.

Dumfries & Galloway Life – May 2010