Help send her to China

2019-09-24 06:00
Morgan Orgill hopes to develop her Mandarin language skills in China.

Morgan Orgill hopes to develop her Mandarin language skills in China.

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Morgan Orgill (16), a learner at Simon’s Town School, is eager to take her passion for a foreign language to the next level by going on a trip to immerse herself in the Asian culture.

Morgan and her twin Megan, who live in Ocean View, discovered a shared love for the Mandarin language years ago. While Megan chose not to continue her foreign language studies, Morgan took it on as an eighth subject.

“I enjoy it. My sisters and I are into that region (Asia), so learning the languages is really nice – a little difficult, though, but that just makes you want to continue to learn it.”

She says, besides the teachers, she also has a friend who helps her with the writing.

The school’s Mandarin teacher, Liling Yan, nominated the Grade 11 learner for the Winter Campers trip to China in December.

The four-week immersion programme costs R24 000. She has been selling muffins since her nomination to raise funds but she still needs R16 000.

Her grandmother, Joan, says she is a kind-hearted young girl with her head in the right place and believes Morgan is deserving of this trip.

Having never left the country, the visit to China will not only broaden her horizons, but also serve as a stepping-stone for her career after school.

“I’m excited. I hope to make friends on that side and to leave my mark there so that, if I go back, people will remember me.”

Hospitality is another subject she is passionate about. She and her mother, Michelle, have plans to combine the two loves.

“If I do well in Mandarin, I could maybe open a business and do the food in that region. I’m committed to hospitality and Mandarin,” she says.

Her mother is eager to assist her daughter in realising her dreams and for her to see the world beyond Ocean View. “Where we live, I don’t let my children go out. This opportunity and the fact that she is so into Mandarin – I hope we can get her over there. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it.”

Michelle said she was “quite chuffed” with the fact that the school nominated her. “They clearly think she’s worthy of going over there. The only issue now is that we’re struggling to get the funds together. She is quite passionate about it.

V To help Morgan travel to China, contact her mother Michelle on 072 206 5644 to make a donation.

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