An Eastbourne teenager is working tirelessly to raise enough money to embark on a volunteer trip to help improve the standard of living in rural communities in Kenya.
Erynn Spangenberg has raised more than £1,080 of the £3,860 she needs to complete the one-month expedition in Africa through a series of car boot sales, bake sales and birthday donations. She raised £202 alone through a ‘Guess the numbers of sweets’ competition.
The 15-year-old isn’t stopping there though and is pushing forward on an innovative and challenging fundraising drive to inch closer to her target, with car-washing, raffles, tombolas and Christmas-present wrapping on the agenda.
Erynn, who attends Cavendish School, is also offering to host afternoon teas for care homes or lunch clubs in return for a donation and is suppling Smarties tubes for people to fill up with 20p pieces.
The teen goes to army cadets twice a week and has hopes of attending Wellbeck Defence College and later, spending two years at Sandhurst to enable her to become a mechanical engineer within the Army.
Her step-mother, Natalie Spangenberg, said, “Obviously we are all extremely proud that she has such direction and motivation already in regards to her life goals.
“As an individual, this is an opportunity to develop life skills that will help her in the future such as leadership, working within a team environment and experiencing a side to life that will probably make her see the world from a very different point of view.”
Erynn has a blog that features information about her previous and upcoming fundraising efforts . There is also a business sponsorship page where any sponsoring or donating organisation can have free advertising. To read more, visit www.campkenya2015.co.uk.
If anybody wishes to donate money, items for raffles and car boot sales or space to hold events, please contact Erynn at Campkenya2015@gmail.com.
Erynn would be travelling to Kenya with a company called Camps International. For more information, visit www.campsinternational.com.