Going for gold in Norway

Georgiana Zowonu
Georgiana Zowonu

An intrepid Kimberley teenager is hoping to strike ‘gold’ when she tackles a 17-day challenge in Norway later this year.

Georgiana Zowonu,16,a student at Nottingham Girls’ High School and a valued member at Kimberley’s Holy Trinity Church, is one of fourteen teenagers representing the county who are bidding to achieve the gold standard of the Duke Of Edinburgh (D of E) Awards scheme.

During the past two years Georgiana has completed both the Bronze and the Silver stages of the award by undertaking activities and projects which have benefited local groups and organisations.

Her role as a Young Leader with the 1st Nuthall Girl Guide company has stood Georgia in good stead and the trip to Norway in July will be one of the last hurdles in her bid to earn the coveted D of E Gold award.

“The Norway expedition begins on July 20 with stage one, which is a mountain bike ride which will be followed by a trek across the country’s daunting ice caps,” said Georgiana.

“Then the plan is to use sea kayaks to negotiate Norway’s famous fjords, before a final trek across the plateau.”

In order for Georgiana to undertake ‘Challenge Norway’, she is faced with another barrier which involves trying to raise £2,000 to fund the cost of the adventure.

“It is a princely sum but I am determined to raise what I can without having to rely too much on my parents” she said.

On Saturday (May 3), a fundraising fashion show with entertainment and a grand prize draw is being held at the church hall in Kimberley. Then on Saturday June 28, arrangements are in place to have a curry night with a pub quiz and a grand raffle at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Nuthall.

“Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has been a real privilege and has given me many opportunities to do positive things which have enriched my life. My family has been brilliant and have supported me every step of the way.”said Georgiana.

To support Georgiana’s Challenge Norway initiative go to cawofesobi@btinternet.com or contact Christiana Zowonu (her mother) on 07768305788.