Community Spirited Student Donates Funds To CBA Project
Dzeneta Vainauskaite spent many days during the summer break helping run a community charity shop in Corby town centre.
The scheme was set up by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork Northants to help young people contribute to the community and also learn the business skills involved in running a retail outlet.
Along with 20 other young people Dzeneta ran the shop, getting involved with everything from stock control, to customer service and security.
She also took an active role in advertising the project, designing and handing out flyers, promoting the store and appealing for donations of unwanted goods to sell.
At the end of the project the best worker was allowed to decide where the £1,000 earned funds would go and after winning the accolade Dzeneta decided to donate £500 to CBA's Uganda trip.
The trip will see BHE teachers Kirsty Farrar and Dan Arnold along with two Sixth Form students Ross Hay and Jordon Joseph, travel to the African country to attend a Sixth Form conference and visit a residential education centre.
In order to pay for the trip £4,000 needs to be raised.
Dzeneta, who has been involved with volunteering and community work in Corby since she and moved to the country three years ago, said: "It feels great to be able to donate the money to the Uganda trip.
"I had entered the competition to go to Uganda, but even though I did not win I still wanted to be able to contribute.
"I worked as hard as I could during the summer to win the title of best worker as I really wanted to be able to donate the funds."
As well as being able to decide the destination of the funds, the sixth former - who is studying Maths, ICT and Business GCEs - also won £100 worth of vouchers (donated by Land Securities).
The week-long Uganda Trip will take place in late October.
The team plan to run a half marathon in Peterborough next month and have other fundraising schemes planned.
Kirsty Farrar said: "We are very proud of Dzeneta for the work she done in the community.
"Also Dzeneta applied to go to Uganda and although unsuccessful she has committed to helping her school colleagues to raise money for the trip. This brings the total raised to £1,000 so we are very grateful."