Felsted School have raised over £9,000 to make a difference across the world by holding a whole school charity colour run.
The event involved the Felsted School community running a seven-lap water relay, signifying the seven miles the average Sub-Saharan African walks to reach clean water. Runners were painted a different neon colour on each lap. Participants then arranged themselves into a giant human infinity symbol, first introduced by Old Felstedian, John Wallis in 1655, symbolising that Felsted are forever making a difference to the lives of others.
The money raised will be used to support Felsted’s four main charities in the following ways; fund 20 pupils through their A Levels in Uganda (Volunteer Uganda), build the volunteer programme in Malawi (Sparkle Malawi), equip the Felsted Mission night shelter to help the homeless this winter and support Round Square international service projects in Nepal and Tanzania.
Hamlet Mbabazi, the founder of Great Lakes High School and Nyakabungo Primary School in Uganda, participated in the event and commented; “We are so grateful for all the support; every penny goes to where it is most needed to educate a child, feed a child, give them fresh water and make it possible for them to study so they can achieve their highest potential. With the help of partnerships such as this, we seek to break the cycle of poverty. Felsted’s help makes a huge difference for ever.”
Felsted Charity Events Organiser, Revd Nigel Little comments, “The day was a lot of fun, the rain made the colours really fly and I am so pleased that everyone took part with such enthusiasm. Our Water Relay really helped us consider just how precious fresh clean water is for our friends in Uganda, Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa. We would like to thank everyone for the generous support that inspires new futures.”