Exotic animals help students prepare for expedition
The Macclesfield Academy played host to exotic animals from across the globe recently as students raised money for a life changing expedition to Malawi this summer.
Simon Airey, known as the ‘Animal Man’, educated guests at the Macclesfield Learning Zone school on his collection of spiders, snakes and insects, explaining the origins of the fear that many people have and giving them the opportunity to overcome their fears by stroking, touching and holding the creepy crawlies.
The animals delighted children and adults alike and the night was a huge success with hundreds of people attending. The proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle and cake stall will go towards a joint expedition of Academy and Macclesfield College A Level students to Malawi in East Africa this
The 21 day expedition will see thirteen students working alongside local tradesmen to enhance Dzalanyama Primary School, helping with conservation work at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, completing a three day trek on Mount Mulanje and enjoying an African safari experience.
Meeting the exotic animals at the school should go some way to prepare the students for the wildlife they will encounter at the rescue, care and rehabilitation centre, as they work alongside the animal care staff to clean, feed and look after orphaned monkeys, baboons, duikers, leopards,hyenas, crocodiles and pythons.
Each Sixth Form and Year 11 student must raise £2,500 to be part of this once in a life time opportunity and they have already carried out fundraising bag packs, cake sales, head shaving and abseils to help them achieve their total.
Rebecca Lucas, one of the teachers who will accompany the students on the expedition, said: ‘The Animal Mania event was such a fantastic evening, and a great way for the students to raise money for their expedition. Going on expedition like this gives young people the opportunity to experience
a totally different culture and the chance for them to believe in what they can achieve.’