1100 PUPILS WALK EIGHT MILES TO ADD TO £500,000 FOR SIERRA LEONE
The continuing disasters hitting Sierra Leone saw over 1100 St. Joseph’s College pupils walk eight miles through Trentham Gardens as their seven year fund-raising drive broke the £500,000 mark.
Every child from Year 7 to 13 completed the College’s annual long march on a glorious autumnal morning, ironically in contrast to the almost biblical floods which have decimated the pre-fabricated housing in the West African country’s shanty towns.
St. Joseph’s College headteacher Roisin Maguire, who was the last to both start and finish the walk, said: “It has not been publicised as Syria and the migrant crisis have been dominating the national headlines but over the last six weeks Sierra Leone has been hit by terrible floods which have wiped away many of the shacks in which large families live.”
Every person on the walk was given the picture of a counterpart in Sierra Leone and asked “Who do you walk for?” The event was planned and supervised by the St. Joseph’s College’s prefect team with over 1100 pupils and staff completing the trek in around three hours.