MAD Schoolies trip pays dividends for three students
THREE modern-day missionaries have returned from India and Nepal inspired by who they met and what they experienced during their MAD (Make a Difference) trip.
The former Blue Hills College students - Kirsten Hughes, Kyle Finey and Tasman Chapman - wanted to make a difference for those who have little.
"This exciting opportunity to visit another country and do something positive was offered as a Schoolies Week alternative," Kirsten said.
"We had great interaction with children in the 12 orphanages at Pokhara in Nepal, worked on their school and held church services for them.
"They have little but give everything; they are so welcoming. I was inspired by their enthusiasm for life."
Kyle said that part of their time at Pokhara was during the time of a holiday for Diwali - Festival of Lights.
"So the kids 'kidnapped' us and took us trekking into the Himalayas; it was amazing," Kyle said.
From fundraising efforts throughout the year the group took cricket gear, skipping ropes and other items for the children.
They agreed that it was something they will never forget, the group saying they were keen to return to do more for this school dedicated to stopping human trafficking.