University students will be Walking with a Purpose in the Port Hills of Christchurch fundraising for Ugandan children and families in need.
On the 11th October a number of University Students in Canterbury will be Walking with a Purpose for Fountain of Peace Children's Foundation NZ to help make a difference in the lives of others.
With schools still closed in Uganda due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Fountain of Peace feeding programme at their Rwenjaza Hillside School is not permitted to restart. Families, in this very impoverished rural area, who totally relied on the feeding programme to provide their children with a cup of porridge each school day, are now struggling to survive.
Money raised through this sponsorship walk will go towards relief packs for these families.
The aim is to provide relief packs made up of 10kg of rice and 10 kg of beans (enough for one family to survive on for one month). Also since planting season is about to begin the relief packs will include 5kg of corn seed and 5 kg of bean seed for planting.
The cost of these relief packs are $55 each ($35 for the food and $20 for the seeds).
The students goal is to raise $2,750 which will provide 50 families with this much needed food for survival.
The 10 km walk the University students will be taking starts from Sign of the Takahe winding up to the summit of the Port Hills overlooking Lyttelton Harbour and then back through the forest looping back to the starting point and will be expected to take approximately 2 hours. This represents the distance some Rwenjaza Hillside School students in Uganda walk to and from school each day when school is operating, and is also the distance some families will walk to receive these relief packs.
It is such a blessing to have been involved in volunteering for Fountain of Peace Children's Foundation NZ for the past 5 years. During such a challenging time in the world it is humbling to know we can bring hope to a community in such need.