More than 100 Senior School students participated in Walk for Water, a fundraiser for the Adopt a Village campaign, which benefits the victims of the 2004 tsunami that devastated many regions of Sri Lanka.
The event, run by the Free the Children Club and with support from Mr. Kevin Cook, Director of Service, was a 12-hour relay. Eight teams made up of ten students walked from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, carrying a water jug around the field (a 2400-metre route), then passing the jug to the next relay participant.
The teams raised money through pledge sheets, t-shirt sales, and food sales during lunch. The Club estimates that they raised $2,000 to donate to the cause.
Funds from The Adopt a Village project will help build a school, provide clean water, create work so the community can sustain itself, and will improve basic health care in Sri Lanka.
“The basic infrastructure was hugely affected by the tsunami, so we’re hoping that by focusing our efforts there we can help to rebuild that community, because even though a lot of us have forgotten about the tsunami now, it is still a very present issue for the people living there,” says Nicole Cook, a Grade 12 student and head of Free the Children Club.
The event was supported by faculty who formed a team to walk during their lunch, as well by the Physical Education classes, who chose to walk instead of participating in their usual sports in the gym. Live music was also provided at lunch and after school by some of the school’s talented musicians.
Congratulations to the organizers, who put in a considerable amount of time and energy to make this event a success.