In a show of solidarity for our brothers and sisters around the world who have to walk miles to find water to drink, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Pudsey walked for water and raised £400!
Last month, students and staff at St Joseph’s ditched their usual transportation to take part the week-long Walk for Water.
As well as raising an incredible amount, students, staff and their families showed incredible support for the Walk for Water, with 104 students taking part.
We spoke to Helen Edwards, one of St Joseph’s parent governors, about the event. She told us how the idea came about:
“A small group of parents have been working alongside the Headteacher and myself to look at ways of encouraging people to find alternative ways of travelling to school. There is a national Walk to School Week every year in May and St Joseph’s normally take part in it in some way. The Headteacher asked if we would organise something for Walk to School week this year. We came up with the idea of using the opportunity to raise awareness of those less fortunate than us and possibly to raise some money too. We thought it would be nice to give the day a slightly different focus for a change: as a Catholic school we are always looking for ways to bring a spiritual focus into activities. Walking in solidarity with those living in poverty seemed like a good way of doing that.”
Organising a walk to school week may seem daunting and difficult, but the approach that St Joseph’s took is a great example of how everyone can take part.
Helen said: “Families have different circumstances – some families live a short walk away, others live up to 2 miles away. Some parents drop off/collect children on their way to/from work and some parents work full time, others work part time. We tried to make the event as accessible to as many families as possible by suggesting that children who live further afield could “park and stride” rather than walk the full journey.
“The staff were very supportive – the Deputy Head helped me to organise the week from the school’s perspective – we sent a letter home to families briefly outlining the theme for Walk to School Week and asking for their support. A CAFOD school volunteer visited school on the Monday morning of Walk to School Week and delivered an assembly to the children about how some children have to walk miles each day for water. The children seemed very engaged with the message.”
St Joseph’s were motivated by Rosena’s story. 11-year-old Rosena used to walk for hours every day to fetch water until CAFOD drilled a well in her village. Now, Rosena only has to walk 10 minutes from her home to fetch clean water.
All of the children who took part in the Walk for Water received a certificate. A prize draw was also held in each class and winners received a fairtrade chocolate bar.
We are so impressed with everyone who took part and the remarkable amount of money that students and staff have raised!
If you’re interested in an organising a Walk for Water or would like to tell us about another, call us on 0113 275 9302 or email us at email@example.com.
Leaving the car at home and walking or cycling instead is also a great way to support the fight against climate change. You can find out more about our climate change campaign here.