Eighteen-year-old John Dutch has completed his volunteering training with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and International Citizen Service (ICS) in London and is now trying to raise money for his trip.
He has been set the target of raising £1500 for Lattitute Global Volunteering by September 7, but is already well on the way with over £500 in the bank.
To boost the coffers he, with help from mum Helen who is more commonly known as Daffy Dill the children’s entertainer, will host a family fun day at The Bruce in Annan next month.
Speaking about his three-month trip, the former Annan Academy pupil said: “I’ve wanted to do international volunteering for quite a while, but not being 18 I wasn’t able to.
“Before finding a course and after leaving school I wanted to do something that would make a difference, I feel like if I waited it just wouldn’t be done.”
While out in Ghana John will be part of a group encouraging children to stay in school, instead of being made to go into work.
He will be based with the Football For Hope centre which gives children access to sporting facilities if they attend school.
When he returns John will also be involved in a 12 week local volunteering programme.
The family fun event will include fun fair rides and bouncy castle, craft stalls, an exotic animal petting zoo, magic show, games stalls and a raffle.
Anyone who would like to donate online can visit www.justgiving.com/John-Dutch-Ghana