Sponsored Walk for India

The India Project is one of Aquinas College’s longest-running and most well-known programmes of charity work. They aim to raise money to allow children in India an education they would not otherwise have. On the 25th of September those involved in the India Project went on a sponsored walk through Lyme Park, raising nearly £1000!

You may have already heard about the India Project and (at least some of) the work they do at Aquinas. One of their recent fundraisers took place on the 25th of September at Lyme Park. Around 50 people (staff, students and even a few dogs) went on a 6-mile-long sponsored walk through Lyme Park on a cold, rainy Sunday morning, raising almost £1000.

image1Smiling through the rain!

So what’s the money for that’s worth such a long and rainy hike? This money will now go to the Indian charity Prem Dan, which means ‘Gift of Love’. They work to provide children in the slums of Mumbai with an education, first by providing English classes for 4/5 year-olds and then by funding their access to full schooling. The education which these children receive will hopefully serve ‘a passport to a better job’ and ultimately to a better life outside of the ‘unimaginable’ conditions they live in currently.

IMG_2530The Prem Dan school on a recent visit

Over the years the money provided by the Aquinas India Project has sponsored the education (and lunches) of over 200 children. The ‘incredible work’ of Prem Dan and the India Project will continue however and other fundraising activities such as cake sales, sweet sales and a car wash have already taken place this year. If anyone is interested in joining in on the work of the India Project, both with fundraising and for the India Trip later in the year, they meet up every Wednesday after College and would welcome any help.

Article by Jonny Walters

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