THREE Inverclyde teenagers will take further steps tomorrow towards a life-changing trip to Africa.

Clydeview Academy pupils Rebecca Jones, Rachel Morrison and Kerry Haggerty are going to Rwanda in July to volunteer at a school and hospital.

They will also help with building a home for a family.

The trio are holding a table-top sale tomorrow to raise funds to help pay for the two-week mercy trip with Inverclyde-based charity Aid for Education, which was set-up by their Clydeview teacher Sarah Kakooza and her husband Douglas, who is originally from the African country.

Rebecca, Rachel and Kerry are all 17 and in sixth year.

They heard from teacher Sarah about the charity's annual visit to Rwanda and can't wait to carry out their vital volunteer roles.

Rebecca of Greenock, who hopes to work in the fashion industry, said: "People always say they want to make a difference but never really get the chance to do it, so it would be silly to pass this opportunity up." Rachel, who lives in Inverkip and hopes to join the police, said: "I want to get some life experience and see how other people live." Kerry of Gourock, who plans to study medicine, said: "It will be a really interesting visit and a life-changing experience." The girls are currently collecting donations of small gifts for the African children, such as colouring pencils, colouring books, crayons and small toys.

A donation box has been set up in the Oak Mall, and the girls hope local businesses, shops, churches and schools might be interested in getting involved by also hosting donation boxes.

They would be delighted to hear from any companies who have unwanted sale items which could be taken to Rwanda, and would also like to take football strips to the children.

The table top, craft and baking sale will take place tomorrow in the Lyle Kirk's Union Street building from noon until 4pm.

Entry is �1 and includes a hot roll and tea/coffee. Tables are available at �5 by calling 07944 775531.