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Sewell Park students put best welly forward to raise money for African farmers

PUBLISHED: 06:27 17 November 2014

Just under 100 students and staff from Sewell 6th Form Centre (part of Sewell Park College) took part in a charity sponsored walk from the school to City Hall

Just under 100 students and staff from Sewell 6th Form Centre (part of Sewell Park College) took part in a charity sponsored walk from the school to City Hall

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Nearly 100 staff and students at Sewell Sixth Form donned their wellies and fancy dress for a charity walk to help farmers in Africa.

The group walked from the sixth form, which is part of Sewell Park College, to raise funds for Farm Africa.

The designated charity is concerned with directly providing African farmers with the necessary equipment, training and skills to become self-sufficient, as opposed to just giving monetary handouts.

The campaign is also concerned with raising awareness of the issues that African farmers face. The slogans ‘Farming not famine’ and ‘end hunger - grow farming’ are both key concepts that underpin the objectives of the charities work.

The group wore wellington boots as a link to the slogan ‘give hunger the boot’.

The route saw the students each walk 2.65 miles - or 254.4 miles collectively.

That larger distance will contribute to the whole campaign’s target of covering 16,000 miles - the entire distance around the perimeter of Africa.

In the period since the October 22 walk, the students and staff have raised more than £500.

Trevor Gannon, Sewell Sixth Form Centre community manager, said: “The event itself was very successful but was also supplemented by assemblies and work within form time prior to the day, to raise awareness and galvanise support and sponsorship.

“It was fantastic to see students and staff joining together to support a very worthy cause.

“Many students, and indeed staff, took great pride in their fancy dress and really got into the spirit of the occasion.

“To be able to raise this sum of money is a great achievement and will go a long way towards helping a number of African farmers to be able to provide for themselves and their families.”

Is your school taking part in a charity fundraiser? Email locallife@archant.co.uk

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