Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 41 May 2004

Messenger deliverer moves to Morocco

by Kate Atkinson

Kathryn Palmer, who has been delivering the Messenger for almost a year now, is about to move to Morocco to spend a gap year teaching.

The 18-year-old, who delivers to Norwood Road and the surrounding areas, said: “I enjoy delivering the Messenger, but not all the time! I deliver 250 copies and it takes quite a while because you have to go up to every single door. It’s easier than a paper round though, because you don’t have to remember which houses to go to – you just go to them all!”

She is finishing her A Levels at King Edward VII School but Kathryn has chosen to do something completely different before she goes to university.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my gap year at all, but then I had a talk at school about Project Trust, who organise voluntary projects for school leavers taking a gap year, and they sounded really good.”

Kathryn told me she chose to go to Morocco with Project Trust as its culture is really different to Europe’s. She speaks French, one of the main languages. “The official language is Arabic and many people also speak Berber, so I think it’s going to be quite difficult!”

While in Morocco, Kathryn wants to set up a link over the internet between Firshill School, where she has been a volunteer for the last two years, and the Moroccan school where she will be teaching. “It will be good for children from both schools to see what it’s like in another country. They’ll be able to learn about the different cultures.”

Kathryn organised fundraising events to make the £3,850 she needs to support her in Morocco for a year, and is less than £1,000 off her target. “I held a ceilidh, which is a sort of Scottish barn dance, in St Catherine’s Community Centre. I’ve been baking and selling cakes in my school, every Friday since November. It took a lot of my time up but I made £200 or £300. I’ve stopped doing it now though because I got sick of making cakes!”

She is about to hold a fundraising disco for all ages at the All Saints Community Centre on Saturday, 22nd May from 7.30–11pm. Food and soft drinks are provided and admission is £3 waged and £1.50 unwaged.

“A gap year’s a really good thing to do. I was pleasantly surprised at how generous people have been, too. It’s been quite fun!”


Kathryn Palmer.

Cartoon of Kathryn riding a camel. By Patrick Amber.

Cartoon copyright ©Patrick Amber

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