Help vulnerable children in Africa and improve your health with Coventry charity's walking challenge - The Coventry Observer

20th Aug, 2022

Help vulnerable children in Africa and improve your health with Coventry charity's walking challenge

A COVENTRY charity is looking for people to walk 50 miles in January to help vulnerable children, improving their own fitness at the same time.

Global Care has launched the ‘50 miles in 30 days’ challenge.

All people do is make a £30 donation (there is no obligation for further fund-raising) and then keep track and record their miles and share their photographs of them doing their walks.

Weekly prizes are also available as part of the challenge where participants can walk everyday, just at weekends or anything in between.

The only target is the completion of the 50 miles by the end of January.

Global Care’s CEO John White said: “This year’s walking challenge will raise valuable funds for children at Spurgeons Academy, in Kibera, Kenya.

“As a result of the pandemic, we need to build some temporary classrooms to enable pupils to return to school in a safer environment.”

With an average of 45 children in a class, overcrowding has long been an issue and extra space is needed to enable better social distancing.

John added: “It’s so important to get children back to school, as education is the most important factor in breaking the poverty cycle in the long term, so please help us if you can.

“£30 is a relatively small amount and yet, with enough participants, it will make a huge difference to the future of these children.”

Global Care is hoping the 50-in-30 challenge will raise £5,000 – enough to build two temporary classrooms, so children living in the Kibera slum can begin to catch up on the valuable education they have missed.

Global Care was set up in Coventry more than 35 years ago and is currently working in 16 countries across four continents.

The charity aims to support the poorest and most vulnerable children, through education, vocational training, feeding and welfare care.

Spurgeons Academy is a primary school which offers a top quality education, free of charge, to more than 400 of the most vulnerable children in Kibera.

For more information about this event visit or email Carolyn Savjani on

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