Logie children make ‘African trek’ to Forres library

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Children from Logie Primary School walked two miles to Forres library, the same distance, many Ugandan children walk to school on a daily basis. Pic: Marc Hindley

Twenty-five children from a rural school walked part of the Dava Way to raise money for an African school.

The two-mile trek from Dallas Dhu Distillery to Forres also highlighted the distance that many of the 600 youngsters who attend the Bunono school in Uganda have to walk every day to get to their classes.

The fundraising event came about after Forres Rotary Club President Marlyn Somers gave a presentation to the school about her charity, Uganda Aid Person to Person, which built the school and library.

Marlyn said: “Rotary has helped Logie Primary School set up a Rotakids Club, and the children have been learning about the school, and the differences in culture, with many of the students exchanging letters and pictures.”

Logie Head Teacher Helen Douglas said: “The pupils’ link with this school in Uganda has shown them it is not just a place on the map. It’s real life, and a very different way of life, in another part of the world.”

The walk was the same distance many of the children take every day to their school in Bunono, and it ended at the town’s library, again as a way of showing the difference between the facility in Forres and how it compares to the one in Uganda.

The walk raised funds through sponsorship and collections for the Bunono school library.