As THOUSANDS of schools damaged in April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal begin to re-open, Queen’s Park High School in Handbridge has set itself the challenge of raising more than £2,500 to help victims rebuild their lives.
The school’s goal is for students, staff, parents and carers to walk, run, cycle or row the 4,636 miles from Chester to Kathmandu in Nepal.
Headteacher Lyndsay Watterson said: “The school felt strongly that it wanted to help make a difference, but by doing something that enabled everyone to make a positive contribution.
“Our student council believe passionately in supporting others who are less fortunate than themselves. They believe that by having a clear goal in mind in terms of the mileage to be covered and the money to be raised, we will certainly be successful.”
The competition is mounting - along with our overall fitness levels- as the school finds out who can cover the most miles, raise the most money or simply just ‘go the extra mile’ to support the worthwhile cause. Visitors to the school over the next couple of weeks are likely to be welcomed by a rather red-faced and out of breath member of staff or student, cycling away in reception.
Students are currently adding miles during their free time, during PE lessons and staff and pupils will all be embarking on a five mile sponsored walk on Tuesday, June 16.
The fundraising efforts will culminate with a ‘teachers versus parents dragon boat race’ at 5pm on Friday, June 19 on the River Dee, followed by a family BBQ organised by the PTA who are also supporting the whole event.
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