Dec 192011

Haddington on SkatesAlthough the main focus of Haddington on Skates is to raise money for the Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, it’s not the only project to benefit. Read on to find out about an educational expedition that will benefit from your skating fun.

Festival Cafe

Twenty-nine students from Knox Academy, Haddington are busy preparing for a month long expedition to Nicaragua & Honduras next summer 2012.

The expedition programme (provided by Outlook Expeditions & supported by four Knox Academy teachers, headed by Luke Wolley) is a journey of self discovery. It aspires to equip the students with transferable life skills, such as, leadership, team work, problem solving and organisational skills.

The students have involved themselves with various fund raising activities such as bag packing at local supermarkets, table top sales, a sponsored abseil, a school dance and now their most recent venture….. ‘running’ the Haddington on Skates Festival Cafe. The students extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Rotary Club of Haddington for being given this valuable opportunity to raise funds.

The students will follow an extensive itinerary….trekking through cloud forest, exploring pristine jungle habitats and sailing to exotic Caribbean islands while also experiencing climbing up the volcanoes of the Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua and visiting Pico Bonito National Park. There is also a serious project element to the expedition where the students will spend a week at the SOL (School of Life) Project in Roatan off the coast of Honduras working on community based programs designed to promote education and increase the quality of life in developing areas of the island of Roatan.

This expedition offers the team the opportunity to experience challenging new activities, fascinating cultures and breathtaking environments. The expedition experience will allow the individual participants to take a close look at themselves. The lessons that they will learn, the sights that they will see and the experiences that they will gain, will remain with them for the rest of their lives.