EVERY step counted for these youngsters in their bid to send new shoes to a school in Africa.
Pupils at Anchorsholme Primary were encouraged to walk to school in exchange for pairs of new shoes which they plan to send to young people in Kikambala, Kenya.
The children were asked to travel to school sustainably throughout October to push up a ‘shoe totaliser’, with every step getting them closer to the total of earning 52 pairs of shoes, donated by Wynsors World of Shoes store on Tyldesley Road, Blackpool.
With help from Blackpool Council’s sustainable travel team, the pupils got in touch with the Josa school, almost 5,000 miles away,
Graeme Dow, headteacher at Anchorsholme Primary, said: “We’re really excited to be getting involved with the Josa school.
“It’s quite humbling to think that just by walking to school, these pupils have been able to directly help children in Africa.”
The Blackpool pupils have been in regular contact with the Kenyan school, sending 10 disposable cameras donated by Jessops in Blackpool, so that the children could take pictures of their long walk to school.
Mazuk Manka, headteacher at the Josa school said: “Josa boys and girls really were excited to be working with an international school for International Walk to School month. Walking to school and regular exercise is normal to them, but they found taking pictures of their walk to school very thrilling.”