Brave teen to take part in skydive and 10k run to fund trip of a lifetime



First published in News by , Chief Reporter

SHE’S willing to throw herself out of a plane and go through an arduous run to fund the trip of a lifetime.

Maddi Tonks, 17, from Verwood, is joining a group from Oakmead Academy in Bournemouth on the trip to Kigali, Rwanda, in October.

Maddi, who goes to the LEAF Studio School on the Oakmead Campus, will be doing a skydive and a 10k run as part of her efforts to raise £1,400 to fund the adventure.

She said: “Every year Oakmead Academy does a trip with the CRED Foundation to a different part of Africa.

“They told us about what they did last year.

“I went for an interview and got offered a place. I’ve always wanted to help.

“Seeing all the programmes on TV like Comic Relief, you want to go out there and make a difference.

“Knowing that I will be helping them and making a difference in their lives and educating them is a really good thought.”

The group will be helping to teach maths and English to children in Rwanda, which this year marks 20 years since its devastating genocide, as well as helping teachers there.

Maddi added: “We will be helping the teachers there as well, taking resources and giving them lesson plans that they can do.”

The teenager is studying musical theatre and plans to audition for London stage schools later this year.

Find Maddi’s fundraising site at

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