Prior Park pupils bling their bikes for fund-raising Indian challenge

During National Bike Week, children from Tweedmouth Prior Park First School took part in Scottish Love in Action's Hoof it to Hyderabad Challenge.

Sunday, 25th June 2017, 7:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 7:45 am
Bling Your Bike event at Tweedmouth Prior Park school. Picture by Jane Coltman

The aim of the challenge is to cover the distance from Scotland to Hyderabad in India, 8,000 kilometres or 4,971 miles, where the charity helps to transform the lives of vulnerable children.

All week, children, staff and parents were sponsored to cycle, scoot or run around the track on the school field where six laps is exactly a mile.

The total distance covered by the school was a tremendous 1,270 miles.

At the end of the week, the children were invited to Bling Your Bike, with India as the theme.

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Writer Irvine Welsh kicked off the first mile of the 5,000-mile walking challenge in April, when he opened the registration for the virtual challenge, which asks competitors to walk the equivalent of 12,106,000 steps from Scotland to the south Indian city.

The Trainspotting author is a long-term ambassador for Scottish Love in Action (SLA), a charity which helps the poorest children in India and is raising cash through its Girls’ Lives Matter appeal.

The charity wants help to virtually walk the 5,000 miles/8,000km from Scotland to Hyderabad during June. Participants can walk, run or cycle a minimum of 10km, which will contribute towards the equivalent distance between the countries.

SLA provides funding to three grassroots non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which run projects in the south east Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Numerous children it helps are orphans and have been forced to beg and live on the streets.

Founder and chairwoman Gillie Davidson said: “Many of the children we care for have only managed to survive by scavenging in rubbish tips, or living on the streets where they are open to being trafficked into prostitution or forced labour.

“All the money we raise from challenges like Hoof it to Hyderabad give these children a chance in life and we’d like to thank everyone for this support.”

Its vision is to reduce all forms of child poverty – physical, emotional, educational and economic – by providing each child with the care and security, encouragement, education and life skills that will empower them to develop their potential, self-esteem and aspirations.

To register for the challenge visit www.sla-india.org