Rickmansworth teen,Miss Carmichael, to attempt five-hour hula hoop fund-raising challenge

Watford Observer: Amy Carmichael Amy Carmichael

A Rickmansworth teenager will be hula hooping for five hours to raise money to for a development project in Bangladesh.

Amy Carmichael, of Berry Lane, will be taking part in the challenge on Saturday, in an effort to raise £1,500.

She has been selected to work on a development project in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, in Bangladesh, as part of a government-run Department for International Development scheme, called International Citizen Service.

The 19-year-old said: "I have always been really interested with development work. I would like to go into it in the future. This opportunity will allow me to live in a different culture for three months and hopefully make a real difference to people’s lives."

The Trinamul Unnayan Sangstha (TUS) is a development agency, founded by people from the Chittagong Hill Tracts to improve the lives of the communities in the area.

Miss Carmichael will stay with a host family and will be managing her own project.

She said: "The great thing about this project is it’s all about working with the local community to try and come up with long-term solutions."

The former Watford Grammar School for Girls pupil, who is interning at the Liberal Democrats' headquarters, has secured a place at Cambridge University to study Human, Social and Political science next year.

Speaking on why she decided to hula hoop to raise money for the project, she said: "When I was a child it was something I enjoyed. I’m not a very sporty person naturally, so I wanted to test myself and set myself a bit of a challenge.

"The great thing is it definitely gets people interested and gets people to listen. I wanted it to be a test and I want to feel like I have worked hard."

Miss Carmichael, who has been training for about two months, building up her strength and stomach muscles, hula hooped for three and a half hours last weekend.

Other fundraising ideas she has had have been selling recycled gifts, such as purses made from drinks cartons and glasses cases made from ties. 

Miss Carmichael will have five-minute intervals each hour to allow for toilet and water breaks.

She plans to leave for the three-month project on January 18. With the government contributing around £8,000 towards the cost of the programme, she needs to raise a further £1,500. 

For more information or to sponsor her efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/amycarmichael

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6:28pm Thu 12 Dec 13

1959cht says...

We wish you all the best. I hope you know the history of Chittagong Hill Tracts'
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We wish you all the best. I hope you know the history of Chittagong Hill Tracts' I have attached some links http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=r6tG0Vpie jQ http://www.survivali nternational.org/fil ms/massacrecht www,jpnuk,org,uk 1959cht

9:54am Fri 13 Dec 13

amoclin says...

1959cht wrote:
We wish you all the best. I hope you know the history of Chittagong Hill Tracts'
I have attached some links http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=r6tG0Vpie

jQ
http://www.survivali

nternational.org/fil

ms/massacrecht
www,jpnuk,org,uk
1959cht - I have read a lot about the history of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the injustices the indigenous people face there and the failure to fulfil many of the clauses of the 1997 peace treaty. That is partly why I am so interested to go there. The NGO I will be working with was founded by a group of 13 dedicated indigenous social activists.
[quote][p][bold]1959cht[/bold] wrote: We wish you all the best. I hope you know the history of Chittagong Hill Tracts' I have attached some links http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=r6tG0Vpie jQ http://www.survivali nternational.org/fil ms/massacrecht www,jpnuk,org,uk[/p][/quote]1959cht - I have read a lot about the history of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the injustices the indigenous people face there and the failure to fulfil many of the clauses of the 1997 peace treaty. That is partly why I am so interested to go there. The NGO I will be working with was founded by a group of 13 dedicated indigenous social activists. amoclin

1:54pm Sat 14 Dec 13

RickyMan2 says...

Three minutes to go - keep it up Amy !
Three minutes to go - keep it up Amy ! RickyMan2

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