Slaves help with Suzanne's gap year

KESGRAVE student Suzanne Warner has resorted to auctioning her friends as slaves and shaving their leg hair to raise money for her gap year.The seventeen-year-old, of Quebec Drive, has also taken on three part-time jobs to raise the £3,500 she needs for the trip – and all this on top of studying for three A levels!She said: "I've got a lot of boys walking around with no hair on their legs and I'm auctioning off a lot of my other friends.

KESGRAVE student Suzanne Warner has resorted to auctioning her friends as slaves and shaving their leg hair to raise money for her gap year.

The seventeen-year-old, of Quebec Drive, has also taken on three part-time jobs to raise the £3,500 she needs for the trip – and all this on top of studying for three A levels!

She said: "I've got a lot of boys walking around with no hair on their legs and I'm auctioning off a lot of my other friends. I'm quite lucky to have such nice friends. It's quite nice of them to do all this really!"

Suzanne has applied to be an English-teacher in Honduras with Scotland-based company Project Trust after deciding that she wanted a gap year.

She said: "I knew I wanted a gap year but I wasn't really sure what to do. I researched about it and we had some speakers come into school. I wanted to do it for a purpose and this sounded good."

She had to complete a week-long trial in Scotland in August before being chosen to go. The week was designed to judge the character and personality of the candidates to see if they would be suited to teaching in Honduras.

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Suzanne stayed with a Scottish family during the week and had to complete a number of tasks, including clearing a beech.

"It really gave me a sense of well-being and made me determined to go, said Suzanne. "I met lot of people who had the same ambitions as me and it was really good."

So far she has raised £270 but is desperate to raise the rest of the money so she can pack her bags after she completes her studies in July 2003. She hopes to leave for the trip in early September 2003.

"I haven't really thought about what I'd do if I didn't raise the money," she said.

If anyone would like to sponsor Suzanne or make a donation, please call her on 01473 620317.

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