Students and staff from Bruton School for Girls took part in a 10k sponsored ‘World Wide Walk’ through the Somerset countryside on Friday 11th October to support girls who are denied access to education.
A total of 88 girls, accompanied by teachers, the headmistress and three dogs, walked to raise money and awareness for the International Day of the Girl.
The walk took the girls on a circular route around Wyke over fields and styles. They completed the 10k within three hours returning to school in time for a well-deserved hot lunch.
Each day girls all around the world have to walk an average of 10k to collect water, a task that keeps them away from school and stops them receiving an education. It is estimated that around the world there are 66 million girls denied access to an education.
Headmistress Mrs Nicola Botterill said: “The atmosphere was superb with school chants to the pace of the walk and many girls topping up their energy requirements with blackberries from the hedgerows! Our girls are acutely aware of the amazing education they are lucky enough to have, and how for many girls around the world, walking on average 10k a day just for the essentials of life prevents girls from accessing an education.”
Bruton School for Girls is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association and was keen to take part in the ‘World Wide Walk’ to support the main charity ‘Plan’ which raises money and awareness to support girls in some of the world’s poorest countries.
All the girls donated a £1 to participate and collected sponsorship. In addition, a Just Giving page has been set up. Further donations are very welcome – please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/brutonschoolworldwidewalk