A St Helens teen has just returned from an “adventure of a lifetime” in the jungles of Borneo.
Ex-De La Salle head girl Mollie Meredith, 19, jetted off to South East Asia this summer to work as a volunteer with Raleigh International.
She worked on a gruelling five-week project to help build a water system in the tiny village of Balud Batu.
In intense heat and humidity, Mollie and her team came face-to-face with spiders and snakes as they dragged and installed 3km of pipe work to bring clean water to the isolated village.
She said: “It was brilliant - a life changing experience - and I’m so glad I did it.
“There was a lot of hard work involved but the people over there have so little and were so appreciative of everything we did.
“It was amazing just to work with the community and see their culture. To see their faces when we’d finished was so rewarding too.”
Before booking her seat on the plane to Borneo Mollie and her family, of Eccleston, spent an entire year raising money to fund her trip.
Two community plant sales were held at Mollie’s home - where the residents of Walmesley Road, parishioners from St Julie’s, neighbours and staff from De La Salle all helped Mollie edge closer to her £3,000 target.
They also held a sponsored walk around the Gower peninsular, numerous cake sales and received many generous donations online.
In return for all the support, Mollie has agreed to go back to De La Salle and Carmel College to talk to other students about her experiences and encourage them to do something worthwhile.