Volcano girls’ epic trip raises cash for charity

Volcano trek
Volcano trek

Intrepid sisters Polly and Tessa Quaile have completed an amazing charity fundraising walk on an active volcano in the Indian ocean.

The Campsie Glen girls were on a holiday with their mum Jo and dad Stephen on the remote Reunion Island off the eastern coast of Madagascar and raised over £700 for Children in Need.

Ten year old Polly and her younger sister Tessa (8) were inspired to raise the money after hearing about it on the BBC TV’s Countryfile’s programme.

The walk around the Piton de la Fournaise volcano took the Quaile family, over four and a half hours to complete, up to a height of 1,800 metres. The sisters, wearing Children in Need’s Pudsey T-shirt and Blush ears set off on their sponsored 15 kilometre ramble earlier last month.

Polly, who along with her younger sister, is a pupil at The Junior High school of Glasgow, said: “We all set out walking at 7am as it gets very hot later in the day and the walk took us across the lunar Plaine des Sables. We could see a plume of smoke from the volcano in the distance.

“After 45 minutes we got our first glimpse of the erupting volcano and saw some lava flows.

“We heard the booming noise of the eruptions as we walked round the volcano and even saw molten rock being flung from the volcano.

“This was a great ramble for a great charity, and it is not every day we can see a real active volcano”

Polly and Tessa were amazed by the generosity of family and friends who sponsored their volcano trek. Initially their target was £500 but this was exeeded by more than £200.

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/RambleinReunion.

On returning home the Quaile family have heard that the volcano has erupted again with lots of hot lava and the path that they followed was out of bounds now.

Polly and Tessa added: “The volcano restarted with such force that the area we walked along had to be evacuated because of bush fires.