Out of Africa for Ellie

Leverington teenager Ellie Mason is holding a fun quiz on June 20 to help raise money for a lifetime trip to Namibia and Botswana,

Ellie (16) taking part in an expedition next summer. The King’s School, Peterborough, pupil will be among 40 students and teachers heading off to Africa to experience a different culture.

They will explore the environment, take part in a gruelling trek in the Naukluft mountains and experience the Okavango Delta using dug-out canoes to get close to the wildlife.

An integral part of the trip involves staying in the rural community of Dordabis in central Namibia, meeting and living with the Damaras - people of the oldest group of inhabitants in the country.

Ellie will work on a community project supporting the local school and farm, helping to improve the facilities.

Camping in remote areas far away from the home comforts of running water will be a big challenge for the party. In preparation for the trip, Ellie has to follow a year-long fitness programme to ensure she can cope with the extremes.

Ellie needs to raise £4,000 - partly to pay the cost of the trip but also to donate an equal amount to the community project.

To achieve this, she is carrying out a variety of fundraising events including bag packing at supermarkets, collecting aluminium cans and car washing. Ellie has a part-time job in Wisbech Asda café to help raise funds.

Her fundraising general knowledge quiz will be at St Leonard’s Church in Leverington at 7.30pm and the entry fee is £10 for a team of four which includes a bread and cheese supper. To book a place or to make a donation contact Ellie on elliegoestonamibia@sky.Com