Epic fun and caring at the St Andrew’s School for Girls Eco-trail Hike and Bike

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Towards the end of last year, St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Gauteng, hosted an Eco-Trail Hike and Bike — “hiking the trails, riding the tracks or walking your dogs”.

The event raised funds for the St Andrew’s social development programme, uBambiswano, which means “holding hands” — a Saturday school programme held at St Andrew’s for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underperforming schools. Many elements contributed towards creating a memorable family fun day in aid of uBambiswano, including 2 174 participants, 205 dogs, 108 staff members, 100 uBambiswano children, 26 Andrean community service students, 15 security guards, 12 generous sponsors, eight first aiders, seven exhibitors, six car guards, six face-painting artists, two paramedics, two traffic controllers, and one announcer.

Thrown into the mix were 4 000 water sachets, 2 200 sports magazine giveaways, 800 peak cap giveaways, 600 foam peak giveaways, 550 parked cars, 500 yoyo giveaways, 250 breakfast buns, 120 kg of donated dog food, 100 Frisbee giveaways, 96 rolls of toilet paper, 32 recycling bins, eight portaloos, six fire extinguishers, four generators, four hiking and biking trails, two coffee trailers, one jumping castle, and one ambulance. The ticket sales, parking fees, exhibitors’ fees and face-painting stall, as well as generous monetary donations from various businesses and the St Andrew’s School for Girls’ Old Girls’ Association, raised an astounding R256 000 in revenue before expenses. The event also benefited from various sponsorships of items and services, totalling R72 000. In addition to benefiting uBambiswano, this event helped to highlight the importance of preserving the schools neighbouring wetland within Huddle Park Golf and Recreation Centre.

The event also assisted the Germiston/Bedfordview branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in its efforts to collect food and blankets for shelter animals. 

Category: Autumn 2017

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