Schoolgirls from Parkstone Grammar School take part in 15-mile walk to help fund raise money for Water Aid

Bournemouth Echo: MARCH: Year 12 girls from Parkstone Grammer School walked 15 miles from Swanage to Poole to raise money for Water Aid MARCH: Year 12 girls from Parkstone Grammer School walked 15 miles from Swanage to Poole to raise money for Water Aid

AROUND a hundred Poole schoolgirls have completed a tough 15-mile charity walk, to help fund clean water facilities and raise awareness of the daily plight of millions of women across the Third World.

The girls, from Parkstone Grammar School, met up in Swanage at 4am on Wednesday before starting the long trek back to Poole.

Organisers decided on the 15-mile route, as it is roughly equivalent to the distances many African women travel daily, with back-breaking loads, to ensure their families have water to drink.

All money raised go towards Water Aid, which works to supply clean, drinkable water in isolated communities.

The Daily Echo caught up with the group, that included members of school staff, in Poole Park, a few miles from the finishing line at their school.

Event organiser Paul Barber said: “Everyone was in really good humour when we met up this morning. I don’t think they all fully realised how far 15 miles actually was, but the girls were so fired up about doing it. The school is providing us with a cooked breakfast, which everyone is looking forward to. Not far to go now.”

Ahead of the girls’ charity walk, Parkstone Grammar School’s Emma Hattersley explained: “We are doing this to increase awareness of the many African women who have to walk a similar distance everyday to fetch drinkable water. We are raising the money to give to Water Aid so drinkable water facilities can be built in villages where these women live.”

According to Water Aid more than 748 million people, roughly one in ten of the world’s population, don’t have access to safe water.

The charity says more than 500,000 children die yearly from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water.

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5:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

losthope says...

Good for them! We saw them in Poole park, tired but cheerful and friendly. A credit to themselves and their school.
Good for them! We saw them in Poole park, tired but cheerful and friendly. A credit to themselves and their school. losthope
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7:32pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Androo says...

Do those in need,get a cooked brekkie before yomping 15 miles for water.Thought all the red nose,band aid etc were supposed to be helping those less fortunate in Africa.Just saying.
Do those in need,get a cooked brekkie before yomping 15 miles for water.Thought all the red nose,band aid etc were supposed to be helping those less fortunate in Africa.Just saying. Androo
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Sat 12 Jul 14

sammmymac says...

FAO echo editor. Please correct the spelling of 'grammar' in the photo caption. Of all spelling mistakes to make, this one really stands out.
FAO echo editor. Please correct the spelling of 'grammar' in the photo caption. Of all spelling mistakes to make, this one really stands out. sammmymac
  • Score: 1
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