This summer a group of HNC students will be taking part in a very special trip to South Africa. This trip will see students taking part in ten days of adventure, where they will be involved in conservation work whilst exploring the culture of South Africa.

Students have been working hard to raise funds so that they can take part in this adventure, which will also hopefully include being able to take part in a rhino conservation project. The group have been busy raising funds through a variety of ways including individual activities and group fundraising. 

HNC student Ruby (pictured above) is currently clocking up the miles as part of her ‘Ranuary’ challenge.  During January she is completing a number of 5k runs  and inviting people to sponsor her. All funds raised will support the costs of the trip and go towards the conservation projects the group will be taking part in. 

Ruby studies A Level Biology, PE and English Language and Literature and comments: “I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience sustainability and biodiversity preservation in a different continent. This will see us working with sustainable farmers, wildlife preservation schemes and local people, letting us experience all the things we learn about in the classroom in real life scenarios. “

“My ‘Ranuary’ will see me running every week to help us raise the funds needed. The overall distance I will run is 2814 times less than the distance between HNC and Durban, South Africa, but every penny I am sponsored will help us to achieve our vision of making a difference to wildlife during what I know will also be a life-changing experience.”

Lucinda Pang, Teacher of Biology: “I am delighted that such a large group of students have chosen to enrich and enlighten their HNC journey by taking part in this life-changing adventure.  During the trip the group will be learning about conservation and the rehabilitation of wildlife and taking part in a variety of projects including a beach clean up day and volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary. There will also be some genuine opportunities to experience the South African culture. The group are currently working hard to raise funds so that they can make a difference during their experience. We would like wish Ruby the very best of luck in her challenge!” 

If anyone would like to support Ruby in her fundraising, details can be found here 

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