Jodie Kemp has been selected to represent the Army Cadet Force on its annual Ex Kenyan Cub adventure.
The Ex Kenyan Cub aims to support a rural school by teaching the local children English, helping to further develop the buildings and, just for fun, compete in a football tournament.
The 16-year-old, a pupil at Duchess’s Community High School, explained: “The cadets are taking a carefully selected football team, a mixture of boys and girls, which have been picked from across the region to travel to Kenya.
"While we are there, I will be working on a water project, which will help the children get the water that they desperately need.
"I will also be helping start up a football academy with the local communities and will embark on a safari to assist with the conservation of animals.
"And of course, we will be playing a few games of football too!”
Jodie, who plays football for her school and the army cadets, must raise £1,100.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up. So far, the total stands at £125.
Lt Katrina Cassidy, Amble Detachment Commander and W Coy Sports Officer, said: “She is obviously restricted to what she can actually do during this period of pandemic so, as part of W Company of Northumbria ACF the adult instructors are helping Sgt Kemp to participate in this fantastic opportunity.”
The nine day trip is scheduled for February 2021.
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