A PAIR of students are flying half-way around the world next year to enjoy two weeks of “hard graft”.
Connor Clennan and Izy Benz, both 18, will be flying to Fiji in July next year to help build schools, but first need to raise enough funds to afford the trip.
Both from Whitby, the two study at York St John University, where they first learned about the scheme. Connor said: “I’m not usually the travelling type, but I’m very excited and it’s something I’m wanting to do.”
When not playing for Whitby Rugby Club, Connor also works at the Leisure Centre, but says that he expects his fortnight on the island paradise to be a lot of hard work.
“It’s only two weeks but it’s hard graft while you are there, you can get a lot done in that two weeks,” he added. “We’re going to be living with a family in the community that I’m helping. I’m looking forward to that, and to learn about their culture, but I’m quite anxious to meet them.”
Connor was talked into the trip by his girlfriend Izy, who said: “I’m really excited because I like travelling and I’ve always wanted to do one of these things.”
To raise funds for the trip the pair are both taking part in the boxing Day dip and a charity gig is also taking place at the Metropole on 16 March, where there will be performances by local bands Five Divide and Union Road.