Triathlon challenge for Rwandan orphanage

Some of the children at the Rwandan orphanage that Vahri is raising money for.
Some of the children at the Rwandan orphanage that Vahri is raising money for.
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An orphanage in Rwanda is all set to benefit from the generosity of a Fettercairn hotel manager’s fundraising and volunteering efforts.

Vhari Campbell, who works full-time and is mum to two teenagers, has dedicated every moment of her spare time to riaing funds for the orphanage, after a “life-changing” trip to Rwanda last year.

She said: “My own children are in their teens and didn’t need so much of my time anymore and I had always wanted to go and do volunteer work abroad.

‘‘I had only intended to go and work at the orphanage for a month last year as a one-off, but it was such a life- changing experience that I have already made plans to go back there in October for a month.

‘‘I intend to do it every year, and eventually can even see myself living there.

‘‘There is just so much work to be done.”

Following on from a successful fundraising two-day cycle challenge last year, at which she raised £6500 for the orphanage, Vhari has been in training for a triathlon which she will be doing on August 31 to raise more funds.

The gruelling challenge will begin with a mile and a half swim (92 lengths) at Stonehaven swimming pool, followed by a 15 mile cycle along the back roads to Laurencekirk, and then finally a seven-mile run to Fettercairn.

She has raised £4500 so far. To sponsor Vahri you can pick up a form from the Redhall Arms in Fettercairn where she works, or at Mearns Hardware or Michies Chemist in Laurencekirk.