With just under seven months to go before the trip the itinerary has been finalised! All being well we should arrive into Cape Town on the afternoon of July 10th. Everyone is looking forward to seeing this vibrant city where we will climb Table Mountain and visit Robben Island for a talk with a former inmate. From Cape Town we will work our way overland to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, stopping en-route to visit the Karoo National Park and Bethulie. As we ascend into the mountains the temperature will drop, but our expectation levels will soar as we approach our ultimate destination, the Malealea community. This will be the real focus of the trip as we meet with community members and establish a link with our own community of the Anglo European School! We hope to learn about Lesotho culture, experience local food and customs, and of course, make some new friends!
Progress is being made concerning pupils fundraising for their visit- there will be a quiz night on the 11th February in Ingatestone community centre at 8pm. Food and drinks will be available and anyone interested in taking on some rather challenging general knowledge questions is welcome. Other exciting fundraising events include an upcoming African themed ‘dance-athon’ and one participant is raising the money for his trip by selling his classic matchbox car collection!
Finally, the group will visit Ingatestone Junior School on the 27th of January, the aim of educating the next generation of Anglo students about this new visit. We will present and discuss the importance of such an opportunity and promote it with the hope to forge links with the Malealea community for years to come. It is important for students to recognise that this isn’t a one-off trip and who knows, perhaps in a few years some of those Junior School pupils will find themselves in Lesotho!