Car wash to start Earby teen’s Far East odyssey

Caitlin O'Connor (17), from Earby, needs to raise �3,000 before a seven week ecology trip to Borneo in July. (S)

Caitlin O'Connor (17), from Earby, needs to raise �3,000 before a seven week ecology trip to Borneo in July. (S)

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An Earby teenager is set to enjoy the trip of a lifetime when she travels to the Far East in the summer on an ecology expedition.

Seventeen-year-old Caitlin O’Connor will fly to Borneo in July for a seven-week stay where she will live and work in the rainforest.

Caitlin, who is studying countryside management at Burnley College, has been selected to go on the Raleigh International trip and chose Borneo over Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Tanzania because of the ecology work involved.

However, before Caitlin’s voyage, she needs to raise £3,000 for expenses and living costs and is kicking her fund-raising drive off with a car wash in Earby tomorrow.

Caitlin said: “My step dad went on it when he was 17 so we went to the open day in Manchester to find out more. I wanted to go to Borneo because of the chance to live in the rainforest.

“I’m sure I’ll be nervous when waiting for my flight because I’ve never been away on my own before but I’m so excited to meet a lot of new people with similar interests to me.”

As well as almost two months on the Malaysian part of the island in July and August, Caitlin is also visiting Leighton Moss for a two-week residential stay as part of her college course as she looks to improve her UCAS application form and CV ahead of a degree in Ecology.

The car wash will take place at the Earby Town Council car park off Victoria Road between 10am and 3pm.

Caitlin’s family will be offering coffee and cakes in the adjacent Council Rooms while you wait for your car to be cleaned by Caitlin and her friends.