On the first weekend of the Advent Term, pupils and staff from the College took part in the annual 12-mile ‘Malawi Walk’, which aims to raise money for several charity projects in Malawi.
Matt Smith, Senior Housemaster and Malawi coordinator at the College, commented ‘’The Malawi Walk always proves a highly visible, and purposeful, expression of Lancing community at the start of the new academic year. All Houses and year groups, alongside many staff and parents, join together to fundraise for the children of Malawi, and in particular for the five boys we support at the charity Open Arms: Aubrey, Blessings, Moses, Norman and Wilson. Over 550 pupils completed the 12-mile route on our ‘doorstep’ section of the South Downs – and even the weather played ball. We are well on our way to reaching our £15,000 target – in fact I believe we shall surpass it. Hearty congratulations to all involved.’’
Lancing College has had links with Malawi since 1982. Every other year a group of Lancing pupils spend five weeks in Malawi, where they get stuck in helping with construction work in schools and hospitals, as well as getting directly involved with the work done by local charities. Pupils fund their trip by working during the summer or arranging their own fundraising projects.
Next year’s walk is already being planned, hoping once again to raise significant funds for our friends in Malawi.