Ipswich School is making every mile count for Sport Relief!

In a week’s time Ipswich School will start an ambitious challenge to raise funds for Sport Relief 2014. Inspired by Sport Relief celebrity challenges past and present, over the Sport Relief week from 17 to 21 March, pupils and staff will be combining in an enormous effort to attempt to collectively run, swim, cycle and walk to Tamale in northern Ghana, which is 4000 miles from Ipswich.

Ghana is one of the areas chosen for support from Sport Relief, where children the same age as Ipswich School pupils struggle to find all the healthcare, education and life opportunities that we might take for granted.  Some children carry out dangerous work in illegal gold mines rather than have a normal childhood.  Tamale is the third largest city in Ghana, and is in the north of the country away from the more prosperous coast.  Supporting a teacher, pupil or healthcare worker can make a life changing difference. 

A number of events to raise money will take place during the week, with the senior school holding A Question of Sport quiz and a sports-themed non-uniform day, both on Friday 21 March. But the main focus will be the push to reach the 4000 mile total, with PE, swimming lessons, games and tutor group events all playing their part.

Pupils at Ipswich Prep School will be taking part in a Rainbow Relay on the afternoon of Friday 21 March to help towards the school’s mileage.  Teams from each year group will run a course as a rainbow chain, aiming to do as many laps as possible without the chain breaking.

Ipswich School will be aiming to raise as much money as possible whilst clocking up the miles, with a target of £2000 to be raised.  The school’s website will be updated regularly with progress, and the school’s Twitter feed will also be counting down the miles to go.

Rev Andrew Winter, the Ipswich School chaplain and charity co-ordinator, said: “We are hoping that everybody in the school community will join in and contribute a few miles and pounds to the cause, less than five miles per person would do the trick! We hope that by the end of the week we will have achieved something great and that every single member of the school will have been a part of it.”

Amanda Childs, Head of Ipswich Prep, added: “The aim of all the events is to have fun and keep fit, whilst also thinking about the difficulties faced by children in many parts of the world today.”

People can keep track of progress towards Ghana at www.ipswich.suffolk.sch.uk/sportrelief, and can donate online to the Ipswich School Sport Relief Challenge: http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/ipswich-school-sports-relief


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