‘Pedal4Lalibela’: How this English college is helping drive primary education in Ethiopia

Concord College Principal Neil Hawkins and British cycling legend Dave Mellor at the opening of the challenge along with participating students

In an initiative dubbed ‘Pedal4Lalibela’, more than 200 students from Concord College have completed a rowing and cycling challenge and raised 3,500 GBP for the ‘Soil of Amhara’ charity. The money is going to be used for sustaining efforts to improve Lalibela’s Primary schools. Over 1,900 students attend these schools located in some of the poorest regions in the country.

Organizers had initially aimed to raise around 2,000 GBP in order to refurbish two classrooms. Speaking after the completion of the grueling challenge, organizer Steven Cale (a geography teacher) thanked the Concord community for their generosity.

The challenge spanned more than 14 countries and traversed the English Channel and the Red Sea with Ethiopia as its destination. Overall, the challenge took 16 days to complete. Many participated in the challenge virtually through the use of the college’s exercise bikes and rowing machines, a phenomenon that has become increasingly common during the pandemic.

Steven Cale also noted that it is still not too late for those who wish to donate to the cause. The JustGiving page for Concord College is still open to donations and is going to operate indefinitely. Updates on the status of the donations will be provided as per indications given by Steven Cale.
To view the donation page and contribute to the cause visit the page here.

Concord College, News Break, Shropshire Star

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