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UK schools get their wellies on for Africa-themed welly walk

06 October 2015

UK schools get their wellies on for Africa-themed welly walk

This autumn term Farm Africa is inviting primary school children across the UK to get their wellies on for a huge sponsored welly walk to help farmers in Africa give hunger the boot.

Taking part in Farm Africa’s Great African Welly Walk couldn’t be easier with no plane tickets or passports required! No walk is too short – schools can march around their playground, trek across school fields or go on a cross-country stroll.

Teachers and pupils can track their school’s welly miles by going onto the Farm Africa online Welly Miles Tracker, adding the miles they have walked and downloading a personalised certificate. And with more schools taking part in the Great African Welly Walk every year, Farm Africa has big ambitions that the total number of welly miles covered will be the equivalent of walking the entire coast of Africa, that’s 16,000 miles!

To help pupils learn more about food, farming and Africa whilst they fundraise, Farm Africa has created a range of engaging classroom resources which are available to download from the Farm Africa website at www.farmafrica.org/wellywalk. The pack includes a range of lesson plans linked to the National Curriculum, a colourful poster containing a map of Africa with fascinating facts about the continent, thought-provoking real life stories about African farmers, and lots of fundraising ideas. It’s all free to use and perfect for teaching children topics such as “Africa” or “farming”. 

Tettenhall College in Wolverhampton is just one of many schools which have already got in on the wellytastic fun, as their college librarian and charity coordinator Deborah Liddle explains:

“Our younger pupils did the welly walk and we gave it a safari feel by hiding pictures of African animals that they had to find along the walk. The children really loved spotting the animals and we tied it into what they were learning in class. Wearing their wellies made it feel special and they understood they were raising money to help people living in Africa.   

It was a really nice event and a simple idea that didn’t take much work to organise. We got the whole school involved, including parents, and so it was something fun for everyone.”

Farm Africa is a leading UK charity that provides smallholder farmers in eastern Africa with the skills, tools and training they need to grow a better, more secure future for their families.

All the money raised from the Great African Welly Walk will go towards Farm Africa’s annual Give Hunger the Boot campaign, which brings together schools across the UK to help tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: hunger.

For more information on how schools can help African farmers' Great African Welly Walk please visit www.farmafrica.org/wellywalk

Or you can contact a member of Farm Africa’s Community Fundraising Team for more details and to order a fundraising pack: E community@farmafrica.org , T.020 7430 0440.

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Notes to Editor:

For media enquires please contact Tara Carey at the Farm Africa press office on:

T: 020 7841 5156

M: 07971 556340

E: Tarac@farmafrica.org

Images of Farm Africa’s work in Africa, and of schools’ welly walk fundraising activities from previous years are available upon request.

About Farm Africa:

It’s a shocking fact that hunger kills more people each year then AIDS, TB and malaria combined. In sub-Saharan Africa one in four people do not have enough to eat. Thousands of families go to bed hungry each and every night. When food runs out, so does hope.

Farm Africa is a different kind of charity: we create permanent solutions to end hunger. We don’t give handouts, we help farmers help themselves.

Farm Africa supports farmers living at subsistence level and constantly at risk of crop failure, to build food and income security so that they can grow a better and reliable future. We provide training so they can become more commercial, adding value to surpluses to increase their income. By focusing on ‘climate-resilient’ agricultural and forestry techniques, building market links and adding value to production, Farm Africa unleashes the entrepreneurial abilities of the farmers and rural communities they work with.

For more information about Farm Africa please visit www.farmafrica.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.