IT’S a tough balancing act for Dalgety Bay’s Finlay Cooper but a week-long unicycle fundraiser could see him jetting off to Cambodia.

The 17-year-old Inverkeithing High pupil set off from Glasgow last Sunday with the task of riding 15km each day until he reached Edinburgh.

The journey is all part of his bid to raise more than £4,000 for a school trip to the southeast Asian country, where he will be part of a group of 10 S4, S5, and S6 students that will help to build communities.

About half way through his journey, at the time of writing Finlay was in Falkirk, the teenager was spending around an hour and a half on his unicycle each day, but hadn’t hit the point of exhaustion yet.

“It’s not long but I am not sure how much longer I could ride, it’s quite tiring and sore but it’s a challenge and doable,” he said.

“I’m still enjoying it, it’s fun to go out – it’s scenic too.

“It’s not the most common thing, I started six or seven years ago while at primary school when I got a unicycle for Christmas.

“I get some strange looks from people walking their dogs, I ride around my hometown quite a lot as well and get the same reactions.”

In January Finlay rode his unicycle 5km every day around Dalgety Bay in his first attempt to raise money and has so far collected £1,500 to go towards his trip.

And it’s something which he says he would be “happy” to do even if it wasn’t for a good cause, he enjoys it so much.

He will be joined by friends and classmates on the expedition to Cambodia in June and July next year which was organised through his school by Camps International.

For three weeks they will work on community projects, and in their final week will spend time camping in the jungle.

“I am really happy that it is something that exists for us,” he added.

You can follow and contribute to Finlay’s fundraising journey here: