In October I travelled on a fundraising trip to the magical but desperately poor Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan (where Gross Domestic Happiness is valued above Gross Domestic Product). With me I had 20kg of vital school supplies including books and stationery that had been kindly donated by Moreton First and Moreton Hall students.
Before starting a six day trek, we drove on mud tracks for two hours to reach Genekha Lower Secondary School to give them the supplies, as well as beanies that a friend had knitted. In their amazing English (the local language is called Dzonga), the school children invited us to their assembly that was held in a yard outside their classrooms, and asked us to express their thanks for all of the items donated. I have no doubt that they will be well used and well treasured. Thank you Moreton.
Thanks to my team's incredible fundraising efforts, a grand total of £30,000 will be going towards supporting the Australian Himalayan Foundation's Girls Education Program in Bhutan that will enable under-privileged girls in remote communities to attend schools such as this.
By Rachel Clacher