On Saturday our Stephen Lawrence Committee took part in a sponsored 5km walk around Temple Newsam to raise money for the WE Walk for Water. Millions of people around the world walk an average of 3.5 miles a day just to get clean water, which is why our students decided to walk with them.
This is part of their ongoing charity work through the WE Movement, raising money for their Free the Children's WE Villages. The villages are based around a five-pillar model of education, water, health, food and opportunity. Children, especially girls, can only attend school if they have access to clean water. These villages free girls from the daily task of collecting water for their families, and prevents waterborne illnesses that make children unwell and unable to go to school. WE work with communities to provide sustainable clean water solutions like wells and hand pumps.
The day started off very sunny, but quickly turned into a very real 'water walk' as it started to rain and rain and then rain some more! Just as everyone thought it couldn't get any worse, the giant hailstones started. Well done to all the students and staff for finishing the walk even though everyone was soaking wet and thanks to all the students and staff for taking part in the walk on the first day of the holidays including those who were fasting for Ramadan!
The total money raised is still being collected but we will post the total as soon as it’s finalised.