Youngster dreams of Borneo to save rare bear

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A Bradford youngster’s dream of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Borneo has come a step closer, thanks to a £250 donation from kind-hearted staff at the Rakkaposhi coffee and dessert shop.

Fourteen-year-old Mekhail Mir of Eldwick is one of just 30 young people who have been selected to help build a school in the remote Kudat region. He will also be part of a team working to save the rare sun bear from extinction next summer.

‘We are delighted to be able to support Mekhail, who is putting so much time and energy into helping others,’ says Rakkaposhi director Nazia Ali. ‘It is important for young people to be able to take part in charitable work and meeting people from other places improves communication and understanding. Mekhail’s example will also inspire others.

‘As a social enterprise, Rakkaposhi donates all its profits to QED Foundation, a national charity based in Bradford that works to create a peaceful and harmonious society by fighting poverty and inequality. Now we have been given the opportunity to help people in Borneo too!’

The Beckfoot School student has already raised £2,000 towards his £3,800 target by taking part in a sponsored run, swimming 100 lengths and rowing four miles and is now planning to tackle the 24-mile Three Peaks Walk. He has also organised raffles and held stalls at events selling sweets, cookies, doughnuts and drinks. He is particularly looking forward to helping to build the school and meeting the children and hopes to use his coaching skills to teach them to play football.

Mekhail will also be involved in building and repairing the play areas at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, which is home to 42 orphans or former captives, who are released to the wild or offered a permanent home.

To find out more about how businesses and individuals can help to support Mekhail, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/expeditionborneo

 

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