Month: <span>October 2020</span>

06 Oct

Annie Watson – Volunteering with my mum

Last year me and my family spent two weeks in Romania. The holiday was fun but different in many ways. We started in Cernavoda. Each day we went out to Casa Fericirii to see Turkian, Daniela, Romana, Adriana and Baba and if we were lucky Valerica and Elena too.  We also saw the kind-hearted charity workers that helped the Dragon’s Den to help kids in need. Seeing how excited they all were to go to a shopping centre, McDonalds and to see the beach made me realise how spoilt I am in England as this would be weekly things like going out for dinner. I enjoyed painting the walls and designing the library room as I felt good knowing I was doing something for charity. However, this also made me feel very lucky to have local libraries that I can go to with an amazing wide range of books to choose from and read.

Getting the train was a crazy experience. People where walking across the tracks to the other side instead of having bridges, other people jumped down onto the tracks and boarded the train from the opposite side. To be honest it was quite scary walking across the tracks as in England no one would ever have the idea of even doing that! I loved my stay here a lot but the photos that my mum showed me where every different to how it is now.

Later on, during the holiday, we visited Sinaia in the mountains. This was one of the most beautiful, lush places I had ever seen. The mountains were covered in green and had incredible views.  We ended up getting the cable cars up the mountains all the way to the top; this was an amazing experience. At the top it was very windy but the views where breath taking. It also felt pretty cool knowing that there were bears roaming around throughout the trees in the mountains we were in.  During this holiday we went to many different places to eat and some the choices of food where surprisingly a lot like England. Walking around the roads we came across many wild dogs which was unexpected, one of them gave me the fright of my life.  I wasn’t used to this happening as in England I would never see a wild dog running around freely.

Over all I enjoyed my experience so much in Romania. I loved all the places we visited as they were all spectacular and I loved spending time with the young people my mum knows. It gave me a great understanding of how different some countries may be to others. Also, it made me grateful for the opportunities I have that others don’t; this inspired me to help others in any ways possible to ensure they get what they need to live an enjoyable life that they deserve.

06 Oct

My trip to Romania – Ruby Watson

Last year we went to Romania too see who my mum looked after when she was younger. When we first got to Cernavoda it looked really different to the pictures of when my mum was there. The first time we met the kids I was surprised how excited they were to see my mum. It was amazing how much they missed her, just like she misses them! I loved all of the kids and thought it was amazing what the charity is doing. One of the days we were there we took Turkian, Daniela, Romana, Buba and Adriana out to Constanta for a while and it made me realise how spoilt we are over here. The kids were excited to go to McDonalds and me and my family go out for dinner quite often. However, for a few days on our trip to Romania me and my family went to Sinaia and this was without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever seen! The views and the place in general were just wonderful!  To help the charity me, my mum and my sister decorated the library for kids my age and younger to go and visit. We painted the walls, sorted books and laid out pillows and blankets so it was comfy for anyone who needed to visit.

When we got back from our amazing trip to Romania I just wanted to go back and do more than just decorate the library.

So, when Ben gave us the opportunity to do more I was so excited. My mum said if we did 100 miles either running or cycling in August we could raise £200 for Romania. Even though I hate running this still made me happy as I would do anything for the kids. Our aim was 100 miles to raise £200 but we managed to do 150 miles and raise over 1000 pounds!