Queen Anne's Successfully Complete Afghanistan Challenge

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Last week, the school’s charity challenge “Get Queen Anne’s to Afghanistan.. and back” proved to be a huge success with pupils, staff, parents and dogs alike! The challenge to swim, walk, cycle and run to Afghanistan and back was a testing one with every single person in the school community (including the dogs) having to contribute at least 14 miles per person from Monday 27 April to Friday 1 May.

Day one started quite slowly as people warmed up to the concept and the commitment required but “Super Tuesday” and “Magnificent Thursday”, which included Mr Gary Blunt, Wilkins Housemaster, completing 91 miles as part of his 24 hour Extreme Walking Challenge, meant that we conquered the distance and went on to complete 8,635 miles in total.

On Friday 1 May, the school was delighted to welcome Paula Swanborough from Afghan Connection, as well as a fantastic number of parents and dogs, to participate in the final lap at 3.30pm. A short prize giving presentation then took place in the Sports Hall, including a talk from Paula about how the money raised by Queen Anne’s will be used to help educate up to 80 children in Rushtag for a year.

The overall prize winners were as follows:

  • Outstanding Achievement By QA Pupil: Hauwa Muhammad, 4s – 52 miles
  • Outstanding Achievement By QA Member Of Staff:  Miss Carla Zwerenz, GAP Student -117 miles
  • Outstanding Achievement By QA Dog: Coco, Wilkins House – 68 miles
  • Congratulations must also go to Maddock House, who covered the greatest distance, achieving 1364 miles in total.

Speaking about the challenge, Miss Ella Ormerod, Head of Charities at Queen Anne’s said,

“What really stood out for me during the past week was how the school came together and harnessed our indomitable spirit to rise to the challenge. This became more and more evident as the week went on.

Our focus now is to rally hard, as a school, to raise as much money as possible for our two great charities. The British Heart Foundation who are, through their world class research, currently making a significant difference with regards to winning the fight against cardiovascular disease in the UK and Afghan Connection who, with the money we have raised already, are able to place 80 children in education for a year. How exciting and powerful is that? What is also really exciting is that for every pound we raise for Afghan Connection, this amount will be doubled.

From all of us at Queen Anne’s School, a huge thank you to all the, parents, families and friends who have already pledged a donation. It really makes the whole schools’ efforts last week rewarding and worthwhile.”

To sponsor Queen Anne’s and donate to Afghan Connection, please text QAAS98 £5 to 70070 or if you would like to donate The British Heart Foundation, please text QAAS99 £5 to 70070.

You can also donate £2 by texting QAAS99 £2 or QAAAS98 £2 to 70070

Alternatively, you can sponsor Queen Anne’s via our JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Teams/QAS

Please find below for a slideshow of photographs from the week:

Created with flickr slideshow.