A BERWICK Academy pupil has parted ways with his luscious locks to undertake community development work in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Euan Allen had his long hair shaved in the sports hall at Berwick Academy, to raise funds for the First Flodden BP Scout Group’s Lesotho 2014 expedition.
Trained hairdresser Amy Read, who is also one of the assistant leaders at the scout group, went into the school to perform the daunting task. Fifteen-year-old Euan will be donating his long hair to The Little Princess Trust which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
The First Flodden BP Scouts’ 16-day expedition to South Africa and Lesotho will focus on environmental and community development work and has received official recognition by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
The main part of the expedition will be spent in Lesotho, one of the world’s poorest countries, a land suffering greatly from soil erosion, with rain tearing apart the landscape and agricultural fields.
The Scouts will work with the community of Malealea to plant trees that will bind the soil to protect it from wind erosion. The trees also provide fire wood and fruit. Other community directed tasks and environmental projects will also take place.
Scout leader Nick Allen said: “The expedition should give all involved an incredible understanding of apartheid, global, environmental issues and poverty, and an enormous appreciation of their families and economic situations.”
Fundraising for the expedition continues but any support to help the Group reach their target would be hugely appreciated.