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Plucky teen accepts challenge to help kids

PUBLISHED: 15:41 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

ADVENTURE: Oliver Wilding has completed a gruelling challenge so he can work with poor children in the Far East.

ADVENTURE: Oliver Wilding has completed a gruelling challenge so he can work with poor children in the Far East.

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy completed a gruelling 50km challenge to fund a charity expedition to Malaysia where he will work with orphans. Oliver Wilding, of Allington Road, Orpington, undertook a testing 10km kayak, a 10km run and a 30km cycle ride at Danson Par

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy completed a gruelling 50km challenge to fund a charity expedition to Malaysia where he will work with orphans.

Oliver Wilding, of Allington Road, Orpington, undertook a testing 10km kayak, a 10km run and a 30km cycle ride at Danson Park in Welling, last Saturday.

It was in aid of World Challenge, an organisation set up to provide educational expeditions in the developing world.

The teen's challenge will be month-long trip to Malaysia where he will help the local community with various projects, which is likely to involve working at an orphanage and a conservational task.

He will also go on a trek through the Taman Negara national park.

He said: "The triathlon was great - I'm not aching too much. I really wanted to test myself. I completed it in 4 hours, 26 minutes. I got away with two blisters and that was it.

"I had loads of support. Lots of people from the Meridian Canoe Club in Danson Park, where I'm a member, were cheering me on. My dad and my brother were there and my mum was supporting me on the phone.

"I did look at doing a triathlon but I thought it might be too easy. I tried to pick something I liked and develop it from there which is why I did the kayaking. I wanted to make it quite difficult which is why I changed it from a normal triathlon."

Some 10 students from Darrick Wood in Orpington and three leaders will make the journey to the developing country in July 2011.

Mr Wilding is excited about the trip but also slightly apprehensive. He added: "I'm nervous. I have only ever been away from home for a week before. I hope with all the stuff we're doing I won't get chance to be home sick.

"I'm most looking forward to the trekking and the project work. I really enjoy helping people - it's the most important thing in life. Working in the orphanage will be quite an experience."

n Anyone wishing to donate to the trip can do so via PayPal by visiting

www.malaysia-ojw.yolasite.com

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