Next weekend adventurers from the SBC Head Office team will be taking part in a charity 5km run with “a bouncy twist” to raise money for a school in The Gambia.
Eight staff will tackle Gung Ho, a 5K event in Leeds on May 14, which will involve taking on the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course.
Money raised will go towards providing Bakotu Law Bass School, outside the town of Serrekunda, close to the capital Banjul, with updated school equipment such as books, tables, chairs and stationery.
Rachel Geary, Summer School Co-Ordinatator at SBC, recently returned from a short trip to the West African country. She was moved by the children’s plight, with many having to trek 6km a day to reach their nearest school.
“It was a real eye-opener to see what the schooling system was like, and the lack of infrastructure there,” she said.
“However, rather than complain, it was inspiring to see how the community pulled together.
“They really want to thrive, but they just don’t have the resources to do it at the moment.”
With the intention of maintaining a personal connection, donations collected by SBC will be sent directly to teacher Mamadou Bah at the school.
It is hoped they will hit a target of £750.
“SBC provides students with the best possible summer school experience,” continued Rachel.
“It’s incredibly important to us that children from any background get the opportunity to go to school and learn. Education opens doors to a better life, we hope the money raised will go a short way to helping families in the Serrekunda area.”
If you would like to sponsor the SBC team please visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/sbc.