'Walk the World' for Plan UK
04 November 2013
On Friday 11 October, Westfield girls joined in one of the biggest UK charity walks ever attempted to raise funds for the international children's charity Plan UK.
Westfield School joined in the 'Walk the World' charity fund raiser. The girls walked a total of 10km and raised £923.50 for this very worthy cause. Thank you to everyone for your support. There are some lovely photos on our Facebook page. The Just Giving page is still open if you would like to make a donation and help us top £1000. http://www.justgiving.com/westfieldschool
During October, thousands of schoolgirls marked the International Day of the Girl by taking part in a series of sponsored walks to raise funds for international children's charity Plan UK. The charity describes the combined event as "one of the biggest UK charity walks ever attempted".
More than 30 schools signed up to the World Wide Walk. Each girl walked 10km, adding up to more than 40,000km, equivalent to the circumference of the globe.
The charity hopes to raise £250,000 from the event. The money they raise will help to educate some of the world’s poorest girls through Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign.
The charity's chief executive Tanya Barron said: "We walked in solidarity with the 66 million school-aged girls around the world who are missing out on an education... Plan UK is using its campaign to make a positive, lasting difference to the lives of four million of the world’s poorest girls."
The Girls’ School Association supported the event, with walks in London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Midlands.
International Day of the Girl was formally adopted in 2012 to recognise the challenges and power of girls globally. Its adoption followed extensive lobbying from Plan and other organisations.
Thank you for your donation to Plan UK.
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