A CAMBUSLANG man is crossing continents to help under-privileged children.
Peter Cais is coming to the end of his four-year physics course at Imperial College in London and will be travelling once he completes his degree.
Part of his travelling will be spent in Peru where he plans to help build a dormitory for a children's refuge.
And the former West Coats Primary pupil can’t wait to get under way.
He said: “I’m in my final year of university and at the end of 2009 I’ll be joining the RAF so I’ve got a few months off. There’s a group of us going out to a village in Peru called Zapalla up in the mountains.
“There’s a children’s refuge where they look after kids who don’t have the means to survive properly. They provide education for the children.
“They’re starting a new project in the mountains and we’re going to help build a dormitory there with the charity which is called Project Peru.”
He has never before visited Peru but Peter is is eager to gain an insight into life there and is very excited about the prospect of being able to help less fortunate children.
Peter’s fund-raising target is £1000 and he is determined to reach his goal.
He added: “It’s somewhere I’ve never been before and we’re going to do the Inca tour while we’re there so I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s an interesting place to go. I think we’ll get a lot out of it. It’s the first real charity work I’ve done, with new experiences like being at that altitude.
“I’ve already been doing a bit of fund-raising to try to reach my target. We’re going to try to do some bag-packing at a supermarket and we’ve got this Just Giving site set up so hopefully we can get some donations online.”
Project Peru is a UK-based registered charity which works directly with their project partner in Peru. Its aims are to provide much-needed financial and material support, while at the same time encouraging voluntary effort and raising awareness of development issues in a Latin American context.
To help Peter’s cause, please give a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/peteinperu