With the imposing back drop of the Caldera of Cabo Blanco in Tenerife and a perfect blue sky behind them, Wingate School students started their sponsored run for Children on the Edge. With marked laps of 250 metres, the fastest runners completed 30 or more laps in 45 minutes; but in total, the students ran an amazing 581 kilometres, with sponsorship pledges per lap run.
This is the second year that Wingate have supported our work, linking fundraising to their assemblies and classwork regarding Universal Children´s Day. Funds this year were raised to support our ‘Sport in the Slums’ work in Haiti, while last year they raised over €800 for children on our project in Burma. This years efforts raised just over €1000 which is enough to pay for an entire football team living in the slums of Port au Prince to attend the programme for a year, including coaching, matches, mentoring, weekly food parcels and day trips out of the city.
Headteacher Graham Hurrell commented “We are very proud of the way that our students are fundraising for several charities at the moment. It is an important lesson to understand that many in society are less privileged than ourselves, and that there are practical and fun ways to help make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate”.
As well as supporting Children on the Edge, Wingate School raise money for a number of organisations and community Service is an important part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to be part of both the planning and participation stages. Pictured above are Danny MacKenzie, Zöe Watkins , Ryan Walters and Anthony Glock who all ran over 30 laps in the allotted time. Special mention must also go to 6th former Linda Mekele who raised €177 for her completed laps and Physics teacher Miss Kerbey who ran with a smile and completed 11 laps, raising over €50.
We’d like to say a huge thank to all the runners, fund-raisers and staff supporters. May your fantastic community spirit be ongoing!
Read more about our work in Haiti, and If your school or organisation is interested in raising valuable funds for our work then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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