Sky’s the limit for fund-raisers

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A Stonehaven girl will be part of a group of three to take to the skies and leap out of a plane to raise money for charity.

Former Mackie Academy pupil Lynne Strachan will be part of a team of three who will take part in a sponsored skydive at the beginning of August.

The trio are aiming to raise £2000 for a Kenyan orphanage called Sure 24, which belongs to the charity Rain Edge International.

The three girls, Lynne Strachan, Samantha Magson and Leah Tawse, who all work at the Treehouse Childcare Centre in Garthdee, were inspired after one of the girls shared the experience she encountered in the African country.

Samantha Magson, 20, had volunteered at the Sure24 Centre in Kenya for six months before beginning work at the Aberdeen-based child care centre. The former Oldmachar Academy pupil had shown the other girls lots of photographs and slideshows of her adventure. The nursery worker, who is used to looking after children who are cherished by their parents, told the other girls many different stories about the children and the saddening situations she had encountered.

The three of them then decided that they would do something to try and help, and that a sponsored skydive would be the way to go.

Twenty-five year old Lynne, who’s scared of flying, said: “We’re aiming to raise £2000 to help build a greenhouse, our money will pay for the construction and materials and it will give them a years supply of fruit and vegetable seeds allowing a future of sustainable growth for years to come”.

The Sure24 Orphanage in Nakuruku, Kenya, looks after children who have been abandoned by their parents and families. Many of the children at the centre, and its sister centre Jamii, have lost their parents in tribal violence.

Many of the children in the orphanage’s parents were killed in post election violence meaning the Sure24 Centre found almost 40 children left on their doorstep the days following rough electoral fighting.

The need for a greenhouse comes after Samantha noticed that when it rains in Kenya, it pours.

Many of the roads become mud tracks and the volume of rain also destroys the crops the local people have been working hard to grow and eat.

By growing food outside many animals get to it first before its ready for the people living there, leaving them with nothing to eat.

By raising funds for a greenhouse for the centre, the girls hope their crops will be safe from the rain and animals and they will be able to grow fruit and vegetables to eat and sell and make a sustainable future for the children and the community.

The nursery workers are also having an Africa Week leading up to the skydive where the kids will dress up and learn about Kenyan food. The girls say the children are extremely excited about the skydive and they keep asking if they’ve done it yet.

The fund-raising venture, which the girls have named as “Jump for Jamii” is to take place near St. Andrews on 4 August.