In June this year students and teachers from Wycombe Abbey International School in China organised and participated in a 9km sponsored walk to raise funds for ITF. The walk route took them from their school, through a lakeside park, to the finishing point at the Star Ge observation Tower (pictured below). Class 7Y2 along with Mr Jamie Hamilton, Mr Jack Bridgewater and the Wilsons took part in the walk and raised a brilliant total of £250 for ITF! This is the second annual walk the school has organised for ITF and their fundraising grand total now stands at £450!
Jamie Hamilton, who was responsible for organising the sponsored walk said ‘The walk was great fun despite the rain, it cooled us down and was helpful in fact!’ Jamie also explained why ITF was the chosen charity for the event ‘Trees are very important in fighting pollution, land degradation, loss of habitat for wildlife, and fixing carbon, helping counter global warming.’ ITF would like to thank all of the students and teachers who walked for us, as well as those who generously donated to the participants.
We asked the students of class 7Y2 a few questions about the walk and to share their thoughts on the importance of trees and forests.
Why are trees important to you?
One of the students, Jack Li said ‘Because we can breathe the oxygen we are breathing today, and trees are beautiful.’ We couldn’t agree more!
Why did you want to take part in the sponsored walk?
Many of the students were keen to share their reasons for walking for ITF.
Sun Zhuang – ‘Because I like the sponsored walk and I want to make the world better’
Tony Gan – ‘Because I like trees, they make our life beautiful’
Diana Wang – ‘because trees are important to people, and I am a person in the world, so I have to.’
Felix Meng – ‘I want people to know how important trees are to us’
Have you ever planted a tree?
Half of the class planted a tree when they were younger, as part of Chinese tradition.
What is your favourite tree?
Four of the students said that the sakura tree (Cherry blossom) was their favourite. Tony Gan said ‘I love apple trees best, because I like eating apples’ and Jack Li added ‘I like maple trees because the colour is a fire red, I really like it!’
If you’ve been inspired by the fantastic fundraising efforts of Wycombe Abbey International School, why not take a look at our community fundraising page for some ideas on how to raise money for ITF!