A group of teenage girls from Newcastle are looking to raise cash to carry out community work in Morocco - with a little help from their friends.
They are all in the Sixth Form at Sacred Heart RC High School in Fenham, and hope to travel next year to the rural village of Souk Sebt and help build a much-needed irrigation system.
They need to raise £1,500 each for the trip and have enlisted the help of local musicians, Brassy B, Spitfire Hostels and Immy Williams to perform at a fund-raising gig at Cluny 2 in the Ouseburn on Monday.
Rebecca Wood, 17, of Sandyford is one of the girls hoping to make the trip.
She said: “It will be full of challenges but the rewards will also be great. We not only get to experience a different culture but to work with a local community on a project that will bring huge benefits to them. But first we have to raise enough money to get there!”
It was Rebecca’s friend Sylvie Wilkinson who had the idea of putting on a night of music.
“We all like going to gigs and many of our friends from across the city are in bands so we approached some of them to see if they would help and were delighted when they agreed,” said Sylvie.
Immy Williams, who featured in this year’s Sunday for Sammy concert at the City Hall in Newcastle, is one of those who will be performing.
She said: “A lot of the girls who are planning to go on the trip to Morocco have supported me in the past by coming to see me play across the city so it’s nice to be able to give something back to them.”
Meanwhile Euan Graham, the keyboard player from Spitfire Hostels: “When they asked us to play we thought it was a fantastic idea. Cluny 2 is a great venue and hopefully we will get a lot of people along and help with the fund-raising.”
In addition to the night of music the girls have been carrying out a host of other fund-raising activities to help pay for the trip
“Raising the money ourselves is part of the challenge of doing this,” said Rebecca.
The Cluny 2 gig is on Monday August 18. Doors open at 6.30 and tickets, which cost £5 each are available on the door.