A BERWICK student needs a little bit of help to raise the final funds for the trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Lillie Fraser has already raised nearly £2,000 with a series of fundraising initiatives but still needs to raise another £500 by July.
The 21 year-old, who is in the third year of a law degree at the University of Aberdeen, is undertaking the adventure for the Childreach International Charity, an innovative children’s charity that works with local communities in some of the world’s poorest regions.
She said: “Childreach is a big part of societies in Aberdeen, and offers students the opportunity to raise money and take part in an expedition to see where the money goes to.
“They offer trips to Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the first base camp of Everest, The Great Wall of China and a cycling route across India.”
Childreach International is an international development charity that aim to unlock children’s full potential in deprived areas. They work at a grass roots level, working in partnership with local communities to create a sustainable environment for children to bloom in. They address immediate needs, being access to education, health, greater awareness of children’s rights and protection. In the last year, it has helped 70,000 children.
The former Berwick High School head girl, who also attended Holy Trinity First School and Berwick Middle School, needs to raise £2,500.
She has raised nearly £2,000 so far, thanks largely to the support of Berwick Middle School and its STARS committee which helped organise events to raise money.
“I owe a lot to their efforts because they’ve made such a big contribution,” said Lillie. “I recently went to give an assembly to thank them.
“Other ways I have been raising money have been through my family, selling cakes and pictures. Furthermore, the generosity of people has been astounding, with people donating anything they can, which has been such an amazing help.”
The expedition itself is a seven day trek up and down Machu Picchu, a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level.
The Incas started building the “estate” around AD 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.
Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca world. Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
It will take 10 hour walking days at a slow pace to accommodate for the changes in oxygen levels as it is at such a high altitude. There are 20 people taking part, all from the University of Aberdeen.
“The plan for the next few months is to finish my fundraising and begin training for the trek,” said Lillie. “I need to begin walking for long periods of time to build endurance and an affinity to lack of oxygen.
Lillie’s donation page is https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lilliefraser1 and https://www.facebook.com/events/308136835865533/?ref=ts or the Childreach page is http://www.childreach.org.uk/who-we-are/about-us