Queen Anne's Walking To Afghanistan And Back For Charity

Monday 20th April 2015

The community of Queen Anne’s School in Caversham will be walking, running, swimming and cycling to help raise money for charity. From Monday 27 April until Friday 1 May, pupils, staff and families will be aiming to reach the school’s target of 7,000 miles, the distance between Queen Anne’s and Afghanistan and back, to raise money for Afghan Connection and the British Heart Foundation.

Over the five-day period, girls and staff will complete 14 laps of the school each, whilst gaining online sponsorship from friends and families along the way. An official closing ceremony will then take place on Friday 1 May to reveal the total amount raised as well as announcing prizes for outstanding participants of the challenge.

Speaking about the charity event, Mr Gary Blunt, Wilkins Houseparent and co-ordinator of the Afghanistan Challenge, said,

“This event is designed to inspire a whole school attempt to raise money and awareness for two designated charities that the girls at Queen Anne’s wish to support. The five days are all about bringing everyone together by promoting a real sense of unity and a determination that can really help to make a difference. The girls, their families and all school staff are welcome to run, jog, walk, swim or even cycle the measured mile within the school grounds with every lap counting towards our target total of 7,000 miles. It will take a huge team effort to reach our goal however I believe that the community spirit of Queen Anne’s will prevail!”

As well as The British Heart Foundation, the other charity that pupils at Queen Anne’s have chosen to support is Afghan Connection. Dr Sarah Fane, Founder of Afghan Connection, recently visited the school and in turn inspired pupils to organise an event, challenging them to walk to Afghanistan and back. Afghan Connection funds and supports schools, teachers and sports opportunities, especially in rural areas. With their partners they have built 41 schools across Afghanistan, which currently educate over 50,000 children.

Miss Ella Ormerod, Head of Charities at Queen Anne’s, explained,

“From our event, Queen Anne’s School hopes to be able to contribute financially towards Afghan Connection’s most recent project in Rushtag. As a girls’ school, we feel that this is particularly poignant as it is particularly difficult for women and girls to gain an education in a country where they are still considered 2nd class citizens. At present, boys and girls both share the only available school in Rushtag; the girls have the morning shift and the boys have the afternoon shift and as a result, neither group gain a proper education. Therefore, the charity aim to construct a building for the girls so that they will have their own separate classroom block.”

To sponsor Queen Anne’s and donate to Afghan Connection, please text QAAS98 to 70070 and donate £5.00 or if you would like to donate The British Heart Foundation, please text QAAS99 to 70070 to donate £5.00. Alternatively, you can sponsor Queen Anne’s via our JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Teams/QAS

Click here to view a poster for the challenge

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