Students challenge takes them across St Austell’s Serengeti

23 Mar 2018

St Austell became Africa’s Serengeti for 24 hours as volunteers ‘migrated’ 1800 miles to raise £1500 for charity.

Students from Cornwall College St Austell, with help from other volunteers and businesses, completed 1,800 miles overnight on treadmill, bike and rowing machines in the College’s Fitness Suite.

Money raised is going to The Vanessa Grant Trust, which brings educational opportunities to young people in rural Kenya.

The event was organised by student volunteers from The Cornwall College Group’s Volunteer Kenya programme, which was established in 2009 to help provide better education facilities and resources to some of Kenya’s most disadvantaged children and deprived communities.

Student Ashley Guilder who is taking part in the Volunteer Kenya programme this year, said how pleased he was.

“We’ve all enjoyed the challenge although we’re all aching quite a bit now,” he said.

“We really want to not only raise money but also awareness for the amazing work that the Trust does in Kenya.”

The 1,800 miles covered in the challenge is significant as is it mirrors the distance travelled by animals for the Great Kenyan Migration.

Some of the volunteers that added to the mileage where local fitness groups, college sports students, including one of the sports massage students who kept the volunteers fit throughout to avoid injury.

Lauren Sundercombe, who heads up the Volunteer Kenya Project, said how “proud” she was of the “commitment” that all the volunteers and their supporters provided.

“The support from the community and our own college team has been brilliant, so much so that I’m pleased to say we raised £1,500 for the Trust – which is a massive achievement by all who helped with this event,” she added.

Miles Lovegrove from Fluid Branding based at Brunel Business Park brought a team of his executives to help with the challenge.

Annually, students and staff visit Rongai in Kenya to undertake volunteer work which helps the Rongai community in enterprise, education, childcare, health and sporting activities.

Ashley is one of the students on the Volunteer Kenya Programme that will be visiting Kenya in June, which means he will see first-hand how the money that they helped to fundraise is used.


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