A selfless boy from Kings Langley is looking to raise money to help fund a special trip to Cambodia as a way of helping those less fortunate.
Samuel Cartledge, currently at Kings Langley School, needs to raise £3,800 to pay for flights and living expenses in order to help make a difference by building vital infrastructure in local communities in the country. The expedition will take place in July this year.
The 16-year-old was given the opportunity to travel with Camps International, a volunteer travel firm that provides opportunities for schools to engage in ethical journeys to support and develop communities worldwide.
The month-long trip will include community development work, environmental projects and wildlife conservation, and will incorporate a five-day trek through the Cambodian jungle.
Samuel said he wanted to travel to Cambodia to help make a difference to the local people and develop many life skills that will help him in the future.
He said: “This expedition is extremely important to me because I feel that I will acquire and develop many important life skills such as self-belief, confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
“Although I am nervous I feel the trip offers great challenges and I would welcome the opportunity to help and support on a range of community projects in Cambodia.
“I am also looking forward to seeing a different culture and raising my awareness of how different communities live. This will be a life enhancing trip in which I hope to change lives for the better.”
Samuel has made great progress to raise the £3,800 needed. He has currently raised around £2,000 from working as a lifeguard at his local sports centre and saving all the money from birthdays and Christmas.
He has set up an online Just Giving page where anyone can donate and help Samuel reach is fundraising goal.
The Year 12 student said: “Any donations, big or small, will make a huge difference in my life and the people in Cambodia. If you donate, it will give me the opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do.”