Swim relay aimed at raising funds for trip

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am

A group of 14 students from West Island School are set to swim a 24-hour relay to fund a three-week outdoor educational programme in the Himalayas.

The group will visit Himachal Pradesh in India around June, where they plan to carry out community projects and challenge themselves by trekking at extreme altitudes.

Kristina Lim Ah-young, 17, said the students wanted to develop leadership skills while challenging themselves physically and mentally on the expedition programme run by British-based World Challenge.

'Being raised in Hong Kong, we are considered privileged. By choosing a destination far away from our homes, family and friends, we will hopefully experience the reality of life,' she said.

She said the group was anxious about having to raise HK$40,000 each in just four months but were motivated to try. 'Or else the money would have to come out of our parents' bank accounts, and we definitely don't want that to happen,' she said. The group is also planning to organise a rock concert and carry out a 50km hike as part of the fund-raising strategy. West Island School can be contacted on 2819 1962.