Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sunday stroll to help orphans in Romania

Teacher aims to help others in her holidays

UNLIKE most teachers this summer, Hallglen Primary's Caroline Palmer will be surrounded by children.

The 29-year-old is raising money to work in a Romanian orphanage, caring for children in the 'failure to thrive' ward in the town of Tutova. She said due to extreme poverty, many parents are forced to leave their children in the hospital after they are born.
Caroline decided to support Romania's orphans after watching a TV news report in January. She said: "I'm not someone who is easily moved by TV, but I was this time and felt as though I had to do something to help."

The all-rounder sets off with US-based charity which will organise her placement, accommodation and meals during her three-week stay.

To kickstart her fundraising Caroline will spend nine days walking the West Highland Way with nine friends this Sunday. Money raised by her fellow hikers will go to three Romanian children's charities – Foundation for the Relief of Disabled Orphans (FRODO), Hope and Homes for Children and SOS Children's Villages.

Caroline is also looking to celebrities for signed merchandise to sell on internet auction site eBay and wants to hear from companies which can donate supplies including baby clothing, food and educational toys. The young teacher is keen to hear from anyone who can help – including anyone who's keen to walk the West Highland Way with the group.
For more information check out Caroline's website www.romanianorphans.co.uk or contact the school.

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