Two Bilborough College students have organised a fashion show to raise funds for a trip to help conserve marine and wildlife in Sri Lanka.
Janet Tokitsu, 16, and George Hattersley, 17, will be cleaning rivers, planting trees and working at a turtle hatchery during the three week stay at the end of July, which is being organised by company Travelteer.
Both students need to raise around £1,600 each to pay for their travel costs and are busy arranging a fashion show at The Vale Social Club in Colwick later this month.
The Travelteer programme aims to rehabilitate and conserve the environment and marine life in Sri Lanka by working with the Ministry of Forestry & Environment in the Galle district of Sri Lanka.
Volunteers help with replanting trees, picking them up from the tree nursery and taking them into the jungle, restore beaches to their natural beauty, use giant fishing nets to clean rivers, keep watch over the baby turtles and clean the rehabilitation tanks they live in.
Janet, of Arnold, said they were both looking forward to the trip and were determined to raise the money to fund it.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to working in the turtle hatchery as I believe they are an endangered species. I think we get to release some of the turtles into the water so that will be great. I’m also excited to be meeting new people who have the same interests and working with them.
“It will definitely be a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve managed to raise about £650 so far and my birthday is in March so I’m asking for a donation towards the cost of the trip rather than presents. I have to have the funds in place by May.
“George has raised about £600 and we thought a fashion show would be a good way to add to that. There will be lots of branded clothes on show and hopefully it will be a great night.”
The fashion show is being held on Monday, February 20th and doors open at 6.30pm Tickets cost £4 and are available from [email protected]