Fund-raising gig to hit right note for Sierra Leone visit

A GROUP of high school pupils are making plenty noise about a fund-raising trip to Sierra Leone.

Kristie Waugh, Naomi Swan, Adele Ross, Fiona Hamilton and Fraser Knight have organised a charity gig in St Mary’s Church Hall on March 15 entitled Sound for Sierra.

The event will feature local talent including: ‘Would you kindly’, ‘The Weight’, ‘CoriAnder’, ‘7th Avenue’ and other guests.

All proceeds will go towards funding a visit by a small group of pupils and teachers from Freetown, Sierra Leone in June as well as paying for their own trip to Africa in October.

Fraser said: “This is an experience of a lifetime.”

And Fiona added: “We’re going over there to set up a garden for the school so they can sell vegetables, which will help the school improve.”

The link-up is part of the Connecting Classrooms project, which sees Hawick joined with Temweni High School in Ndola, Zambia; and Peninsula Secondary in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Now in its sixth year, youngsters have previously visited Sierra Leone in 2009 and Zambia in 2011, while a group of Zambians were welcomed to the town last year.

Pupils will be joined by teachers Njord MacIver and Gail Nelson, while Gail Andison and Graeme Cockburn, who were on the previous visit, are helping with the organisation and fund-raising.

Gail Andison said: “So far we have had a non school uniform day organised by the school charity committee as well as a soup lunch and a coffee morning for staff. We have a target of £4,000 and have around £1,000 so far.

“Pupils going to Freetown in October are financing the trip themselves. Events such as coffee mornings and the band night on March 15 are hopefully going to contribute toward their own costs.

Refreshments are available and doors open at 6pm till late. Tickets, priced £4, are available from the high school pupil office. They can also be reserved at or purchased on the door.

The charity page for anyone wishing to donate is: