Walk raises £800 for African school

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

PRI­MARY school pupils donned their walk­ing boots to raise more than £800 in the name of a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion for other chil­dren.

Stu­dents from Year 2 to Year 6 at Mottram St An­drew Pri­mary Acad­emy ex­plored the foot­paths from Mottram to Alder­ley Edge in their an­nual spon­sored walk for their link school, Den­negeur Pri­mary in South Africa.

The walks have raised around £10,000 for their South African coun­ter­parts over the last 12 years.

Christine Bowen, head­teacher, first vis­ited Den­negeur about 14 years ago and was struck by the poverty of the area and the re­source­ful­ness of the school’s staff.

She then re­solved to try to sup­port the school in its mis­sion to pro­vide a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion for the chil­dren in its care.

The money raised over the years has al­lowed the school to in­crease the num­ber of teach­ers and im­prove fa­cil­i­ties there.

The link be­tween the two schools had also, Mrs Bowen said, been a way of giv­ing the Mottram pupils ‘a real ex­am­ple of life in an­other coun­try at a very dif­fer­ent stage of de­vel­op­ment from our own’.

She added: “Our chil­dren are grow­ing up here in Mac­cles­field in a priv­i­leged po­si­tion but the chil­dren at Den­negeur have very lit­tle.

“They may have only three pen­cil crayons in an old tin but they look af­ter them as if they were of great value.

“By the re­la­tion­ship with the chil­dren in South Africa our chil­dren can understand how lucky they are and how they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the rest of the world.”

Blue skies shone down on the chil­dren as they climbed up to The Edge for ‘splen­did’ views of Mottram and the dry ground meant the chil­dren com­pleted their walk in record time.

Mrs Bowen said: “They were tired by the time they got back but all felt a sense of achieve­ment as they knew their ef­forts were very worth­while.”

●● Mottram St An­drew Pri­mary pupils on their spon­sored walk

●● The Re­mem­brance Sun­day Pa­rade in Prest­bury

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