Rwanda bound

Fettercairn woman Vhari Campbell will head for Rwanda later this year to work with local orphans.

Mum of two Vhari will spend a month in a children’s orphanage in Rwanda, in a placement arranged by the Global Volunteer Network.

The network is a New Zealand-based company and they will place Vhari with a Christian-based project.

While there she will act as a substitute mother to the children, helping them with their homework, feeding the smaller ones and cooking and cleaning.

Vhari says: “This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

“I knew Africa was where I wanted to go, so when I came across this company it was exactly what I was looking for.

“I didn’t know where I was going, but I have already been reading books about Rwanda.”

Vhari has to raise £2,500 to pay programme fees and her air fare.

She is confident of raising or even bettering that total and anything raised above £2,500 will go directly to the project in Rwanda to pay for first aid materials and other much needed equipment.

Vhari will be in Rwanda by September 30 ready to start work on October 1 and she will be there for the whole of October.

To help raise the money she needs, Vhari is going on a marathon sponsored cycle on June 9 and 10. She will be accompanied by two friends, Morna Wilson-Smith and Laura Morley who will also be sponsored.

The route will see the cyclists cover 112 miles over the two days.

They will leave Fettercairn and go over the Cairn o’ Mount to Banchory, then on to Ballater and Braemar.

After an overnight stay in Braemar, the three will go on through Spittal of Glenshee to Kirriemuir, then on to Edzell before returning to Fettercairn.

Vhari (44) works in the Fettercairn Hotel, the Ramsay Arms.

The Ramsay will be the venue for a traditional music night on Friday, February 17, when donations will be accepted towards her trip and the Rwandan project.

Vhari is mum to Mary (15) and Chrissie (12) who both attend Mearns Academy.

The girls are very excited about their mother’s trip and are giving their full support.

If you would like to sponsor Vhari on her marathon cycle ride and in doing so help Rwandan orphans, ring her on 07799 720773 or email vhari,

Sponsor sheets are also available in the Ramsay Arms and in the Post Office and shop in Fettercairn.