Caitlin Rose Birkett-Rothwell, a Girlguiding member from Tottington, Bury is getting ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime-traveling to Uganda to take part in an existing community development project.

Travelling alongside 11 other Girlguiding members, Caitlin Rose, 17, will participate in the International Opportunities scheme – otherwise known as IntOps.

Caitlin Rose will travel to Uganda for two weeks in August 2016 and will take part in a vital community development project orchestrated by Teams4you, aiming to help woman and children improve their quality of life and ‘Develop with Dignity’.

Caitlin is going to Uganda

The INTOPS project has been one of the core opportunities open to Girlguiding members between the ages of 12 and 25 since its inception, with participants travelling as far afield as Morocco, Sangam, Peru and Armania. This is the first year girls will however travel to Uganda!

Caitlin Rose, along with other members of her group, will have to raise all funds themselves before their trip. Fundraising events currently include Christmas fairs, bag packs, bake sales and an abseil down Holcombe Tower.

Caitlin Rose said: “I am honoured to have been selected to go on an INTOPS trip. To be one of only three who were picked from Lancashire South East is quite a feat!”

She added: “I look forward to traveling to Uganda with the girls in my group. I believe this is going to be a life changing experience and I hope to make a real difference to the lives of the women and children over there. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget.”

Caitlin Rose currently has a fundraising page and would be extremely appreciative of anyone able to help her raise funds at:

Girlguiding is the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, giving all girls the opportunity to grow in confidence and discover their potential in a safe, girl-only space. Girlguiding offers a hugely varied programme of activities for girls – from opportunities to travel abroad and speak out on issues that matter to them to attending events such as girl-only pop concerts and festivals.