A Rydal Penrhos pupil embraced the sound of silence as part of a fundraising event.
Ethan Davies, a Year 10 pupil at the school, took part in a special 24-hour silence to raise funds for Rydal Penrhos’ educational trip to India, which will take place next year and has been arranged by Global Action.
The 15-year-old Beecholme boarder enlisted the help of RAF staff in the School of Physical Training based at RAF Cosford, and Ethan was prohibited from using his phone or any other gadget to limit communication further.
For his efforts, which ran from 7am-7am, he has raised £260 so far with donations still being taken.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “The India trip will be a once in a lifetime experience for our pupils, and it is great to see Ethan dedicating part of his summer break to raise funds for the event.
“Keeping silent is something that is a strange notion to the majority of teenagers, and well done to Ethan for remaining focus to complete what was surely a strenuous task.”
The trip starts by visiting Amritsar’s Golden Temple, and will later visit the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Based in the foothills of the beautiful Indian Himalayas, the group also plan to have a special audience with The Dalai Lama to learn about respect for all religions.
In addition pupils and staff will also take part in unique workshops with experts at international development agencies, to learn about: Sustainable Development, Fair Trade, and Environmental Protection throughout the Himalayas.
The team will then work on a well-planned poverty-reduction project with a UK charity, where we will assist in the building of a new children’s hostel, so mountain children can attend school for the first time in their lives.
They are set to finish the expedition by visiting Buddhist monasteries, to learn from renowned lamas how to practice positive mindfulness in our lives. The expedition will give all participants a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, teamwork, and self-reliance: crucial life-skills.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ethand-india-2018