A pupil from King Edward’s School has come up with a novel way of fundraising for his trip to Kenya in 2015 where he will help with vital building works at the Wagwer School.
Dan Carter, aged 16, was challenged by his parents to co-fund his forthcoming school trip to Kenya and to raise money for the British International Development Charity, Moving Mountains.
In response Dan decided to design and manufacture socks using the school’s colours.
Tracking down a manufacturer who was willing to make the socks at minimum cost, Dan designed the socks and came up with a brand name and logo.
After ordering 400 pairs, he is now selling the socks at school and online.
The socks, branded as ‘Carter Blue’ will also be available to buy at the school’s forthcoming Christmas Fair on Saturday, 29th November, and a ‘Sock Day’ is planned in the Spring Term to encourage further sales.
Dan’s school trip to Kenya next year is part of King Edward’s School’s close partnership with Wagwer School in Western Kenya.
The school is in rural Kenya where the vast majority of people live in extreme poverty (defined by the World Bank as living on less than 60p a day).
Working together with Moving Mountains and its sister organisation, a travel company called Adventure Alternative, KES has made three very successful trips to Wagwer School, where pupils have helped on specific projects.
In 2015 King Edward’s School will be making an eagerly anticipated return to Wagwer where pupils will help with vital building works.
In addition to helping to build a new dining hall and refurbish existing classrooms, KES pupils and staff will also take part in team teaching and learning activities at the senior and primary schools, making this a wholly rewarding trip for all.
In advance of the trip KES pupils are aiming to raise £10,000 for Moving Mountains.
Commenting on his idea, Dan said: “Charged with raising funds for my trip and charity, Moving Mountains, I settled on the idea of doing things a bit differently.
“My friends and I always used to – and still do – get really (probably over) excited about what socks people have on. From there came the idea for Carter Blue socks.”