MANY high school graduates travel aboard in their gap year but Kaitlin Platts plans to also lend a helping hand to those in need.
Miss Platts will be heading to Zajack Ranch for Children in Canada next month.
The camp, located in Vancouver, provides care for children with chronic, life-threatening or depilating conditions.
Nineteen-year-old Ms Platts is keen to experience an overseas country and also spend time with children less fortunate than herself.
“I knew I wanted to spend time travelling in my gap year and then I heard about a program where you could volunteer and I thought that’s what I want to do,” Miss Platts said.
“Next year I hope to study psychology at university and my role will be an outdoor recreation and camp counselor.”
The former Lumen Christi College student has been busy fundraising for her airfares, accommodation and food at the camp.
“Part of the volunteering is that you need to pay for all your expenses yourself,” she said.
“So I am seeking donations and soon I will start selling tickets for a raffle, where people can win a trailer of wood for