A large fundraising effort is set to get under way as Lincoln High School students prepare to go to earthquake-ravaged Nepal.
It will be the first time the school has taken part in World Challenge – an expedition organisation providing students trips abroad.
Students will help communities in Nepal who are still recovering from the 7.8 quake in April, 2015.
More than 30 students ranging from year 10 to 12 along with teachers will depart for Nepal in December next year and need to raise about $8000 each.
The trip’s managing organiser Kylie Wissel said she thought the trip could be something for the school as it is also a community that has been shaken by earthquakes.
While students are yet to lock in an itinerary for the trip, projects could range from building a new classroom at the school to digging trenching irrigation piping for a township.
“It is an opportunity to give these guys a destination they might not ever go to again in their lives,” Mrs Wissel said.
As part of the trip, Lincoln will visit its sister school Jumbesi Government School which it has been supporting with fundraisers for the past five years.
Students have been divided into permanent teams for both the trip and fundraising
projects – Team Everest and Team Aoraki.
Each team has created a food product they will sale at markets.
Team Everest is a top-of-the-world ice cream cookie cup with a mini doughnut chocolate syringe.
Team Aoraki’s is a Sherpa sherbet spider.
Mrs Wissel said the school will also co-ordinate with Selwyn Sounds to create a gourmet hamper using products from the district’s businesses and can be pre-ordered after the new year.
An idea has also been formed for the students to host a Nepalese pizza evening.
“We will certainly be hopefully visible in the Selwyn community over the coming year . . . it is all student-led at the end of the day,” Mrs Wissel said.