George (9), Betty (6), James (8) and Martha (6) have pledged to run or walk for 40 minutes every day for the week starting Monday 19th July to raise money for the charity Porridge and Pens Ghana.
They have decided to do this to try and raise money to contribute towards building a bridge to allow children to safely cross a river to get to and from school. This river crossing has to be done daily by unaccompanied children, as young as 3 years old, in order to get to school. it is always a difficult crossing but, when water levels are high it becomes downright dangerous. The plank of wood gets washed away and often the children cannot attend school. This doesn’t just mean missing out on an education, it also means missing out on 3 meals per day and often there is no food at home for the children.
the bridge is around a 20 minute walk from the school, which is why George, Betty, James and Martha have decided to walk or run for 40 minutes daily, to represent the journey. The total journey time for many of these children though is far longer, and of course far harder.
A new wooden bridge will be £1,700 or a new metal one will be £3,200. Please help us raise as much as possible. Thank you so much.
More information about Porridge and Pens Ghana: Porridge and Pens works with some of the poorest children in Kumasi, which lies in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. We provide ongoing grants and support to some of the poorest schools and orphanages in the region. We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential by having food to eat and a place to learn. Our small charity makes measurable differences to nearly 200 young lives every day through our Fruit Feeding drop, Girls Power grants and the Brightlingsea Free School.
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