On 27 April, WE Schools across the UK took part in our first ever WE Walk For Water day of action. From relay races and playground walks, to coastal adventures and youth summits, the day was a huge success and, from everyone here in the WE UK office, we wanted to extend our thanks and gratitude.
Thanks to schools and youth groups like you, we have currently raised £12,207.20 with many more donations still to come. This means that we have supported 813 people in WE Villages communities to gain access to clean water for life!
Take a look below to see how WE Schools across the UK took part in WE Walk For Water and helped to make an impact!
WE Schools at Hyde Park, London
120 students from across London WE Schools, along with partners, adult donors, and WE staff spent their afternoon walking 5km across Hyde Park. Chanting ‘WE Walk For Water’ and brandishing colourful handmade signs, the students marched through the park spreading their message to passersby and taking part in interactive activities to explore the issue of clean water access around the world.
The Regis School, Bognor Regis
26 Rights Respecting Ambassadors came together to take on the incredible challenge of walking 15 miles along the coast from Worthing to Bognor Regis. Focused on UNCRC Article 24 (the right to good healthcare and safe drinking water), the group took turns carrying traditional Indian water pots throughout the distance, walking in true solidarity with women in developing countries. Despite the rain and wind, the group’s spirits stayed high, spurred on by their motto ’15 miles for £15!’
The Hawthorns School, Surrey
As the big day finally arrived, all pre-prep children from Hawthorns, along with their older school “siblings” in Years 7 and 8, completed a sponsored walk around the school grounds to raise money for WE Walk For Water. Last term they set themselves a target of raising £750, which would provide 50 people without access to safe drinking water. These ambitious change-makers are thrilled to have surpassed this target and support many more individuals in WE Villages communities!
Manchester Youth Summit
Three schools from across Manchester came together for a day of water activities before walking around Platt Fields Park carrying signs and buckets of water chanting ‘WE Walk For Water’. During morning activities the students took part in a power shuffle activity, looked at different ‘facts’ about water determining which ones were true and false, and brainstormed why water is so important to us.
Yeading Cluster Schools, London
Five of the Yeading Cluster Schools came together to take part in WE Walk For Water. Each school completed a sponsored walk and then travelled to Brunel University, where they were met by the Mayor of Hillingdon. At the University, they participated in activities to explore water scarcity and to reflect on the power of their voices and the day’s achievements. To close the event, each pupil pledged to reduce their water usage and to continue to make the world better place.
Beavers Community Primary School, London
Students at Beavers Community Primary School set themselves the incredible target of ‘virtually’ walking from their school in Hounslow to India, which is approximately 4748 miles by air. Walking throughout the week and discussing the issue of clean water access in countries like India with other students, the Pupil Governors and Rights Holders realised that this project was not only going to help WE Villages communities, but also allowing them to take pride in their well-being and help others.
Willow Farm Primary School, Nottingham
Following a WE workshop last academic year about the issue of clean water access, the school’s Year 6 ‘lion’ class decided that they wanted to do something about it. The class showed amazing leadership—from putting together their fundraising page, to sharing their knowledge about the issue with fellow students, the students were determined to make a difference. Taking part in a 5km walk around their local area, the 33 students were thrilled to learn that they had surpassed their fundraising target!
Chesterton Primary School,
Having spent two weeks learning about the issue of clean water access, students at Chesterton Primary School were excited to take part in WE Walk For Water and make a difference! Following a speech from WE, over 470 students and 50 staff, as well as family and friends, walked around Battersea Park in London chanting ‘WE Walk For Water, £15 can save a life!’. Spreading the message in their local area was a huge achievement and the students are incredibly proud of their fundraising efforts!
Llanrhdian Primary School, Swansea
Inspired by the global impact of WE Walk For Water and keen to join forces with other schools around the world, students and staff at Llanrhidian Primary School were excited to fundraise for WE, whilst also supporting another charity close to their hearts: Lawrence’s Roundabout Appeal. With Year 6 students taking the lead and supporting the younger year groups, the school braved the rain to walk around their local area carrying heavy buckets and water bottles. Congratulations for taking on this phyiscal challenge!
What can you do next?
If you took part in the event we would love to hear your WE Walk For Water stories and to receive any photos you are able to share. Download our media release form for parents/guardians of any students featured to sign.
Use our school sponsorship form to send in your donation by 25 May and recieve a limited edition WE Walk For Water Rafiki for every £15 raised!
We don’t want WE Walk For Water to only be a one day event. Register your group to take part in our WE Take Charge campaign and learn how you can make small changes in your everyday actions to reduce water wastage and improve your local environment. Look out for more information about this and an invitation to join our WE Take Charge webinar sessions throughout May.
Thank you once again for your continual support!
Senior Programme Manager, WE Schools
020 8266 1616 ext 1601