54 Kids. 4 Kilometers. 8 tasks. 1 waterfall.£1000. This sponsored walk was going to be a little bit different.
For the most part the children at our hostels are the beneficaries of your support and encouragement. This year we all wanted to do something different.
The plan was to take the children on a sponsored walk through a national park in Fang to raise money, which the children would give away to help other children in need. We also wanted to make it a fun day out for all of the hands family. The children were grouped together into teams of around 10.
The course rambled to the top of a beautiful waterfall, set in dense forest. The course was 2 KM long, so each team had to make the journey twice. With staggered starts, the teams made their way up the 1st leg of the course. On each leg of the walk, 4 activities had been planned to encourage the children to work together and to underline some of the lessons they had learned so far at the kids camp. The activities included brain teasers, team challenges, obstacle courses; all fun and games. Teams had to fill a bucket of water from the river using home made collanders, find a way to put the entire team through a single sheet of paper. Forage in the undergrowth for an object that nobody else had found and they had to cross the waterfalls on milk crates without getting wet!
The children were laughing, chatting excitedly, snacking on skewered BBQ chicken and enjoying the outdoors, all the while knowing that they were doing something different, trying to make a difference.
The money that was raised will be used to enable one of the local schools to continue to run a school bus service. Without our kids hard work and the fantastic support from people in the UK these children would not be able to get to school and get the education that they vitally need!
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