Students take on gruelling charity challenge after inspiring trip to India
They will aim to complete the 24-mile trek in under 12 hours next month and will split funds raised between UK foodbank charity the Trussell Trust and Bhairavnath Vidyalaya School in the Pune district of India.
The fundraising effort has been inspired by the group’s visit to the school earlier this summer, as part of an international summer school programme that is open to all undergraduate students at Leeds Beckett.
Half of the money raised will help to buy the school new sports and technology equipment, which will improve learning outcomes for children who attend the school.
The other half will go towards supporting the Trussell Trust’s network of over 1,300 foodbanks across Britain, which provide nearly 3 million food supplies for people in crisis every month.
The students are being supported by Leeds Business School and Carnegie Great Outdoors as they prepare for the challenge.
Sam Upright, BA Business & Management student said: “'It was a wonderful experience learning from the kids and community around Bhairavnath Vidyalaya School. In connecting with them, we gained a deeper appreciation for the qualities and challenges in our two education systems, both shared and distinct.
“With this fundraiser, we aim to maximise the wider value of this experience, targeting donations towards resources which will enhance the education of the amazing people we connected with India, and tackling domestic hunger through the Trussell Trust.”
Dr Sukky Jassi, Course Director at Leeds Business School said: “The students have been so passionate about fundraising following the experience they had in India.
“It’s been great to see the team ethic they’ve developed during their time on the programme, and I’m really pleased that Leeds Business School is supporting the students in this endeavour.”
The student group
- Callum Deberex
- Callum Ivanusca
- James Brien
- Tayo Thornton
- Sam Upright
- Kensey Agenor
- Calista Allen
- Holly Duggan
- Natalie Sedzik
- Ellie-Jo Pattinson
- Zulekha Selant
- Emilija Nausedaite