Student takes on challenge to walk 200 miles in May for children in Kenya

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A STUDENT is taking on a challenge to walk 200 miles across the month of May in support of a charity working with primary school kids in rural Kenya.

Isaac Pullan will be walking in support of the charity African Promise which looks to improve facilities, provide clean water and food to children making lengthy walks to school each day in Kenya.

A student of Ullswater Community College, Mr Pullan will walk 10 miles each day to the campus in Penrith in support of a charities work for school children

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Isaac Pullan, an 18-year-old year 12 student at Ullswater Community College in Penrith

Mr Pullan, 18 settled upon the ambitious challenge during a rare walk to school one morning in March when he realised that many young children around the world have to cover the same distance every day just to get an education.

He was inspired by what he read about the charity African Promise and the efforts that the children it supports make each day to attend school and got in touch with the charity.

Mr Pullan said: “I was inspired to walk to school that morning by wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Some way into the journey it dawned on me that a lot of young children around the globe have to walk a similar distance to attend school and I wondered what kind of education they were walking for, what state for learning walking 10 miles each day leaves a child in, and what other factors these children have to deal with to obtain an education.”

“I am walking 10 miles to school each day in May because others have no choice but to do the same.

“I will be getting up at 4am and aiming to leave home by 5am in order to get to school on time.

“I am excited for the journeys ahead and even more excited to be able to contribute to such a remarkable charity.”

Isaac is aiming to raise at least £500 from his challenge but hopes to raise much more than this with the support of his family and friends, his school and the wider Penrith community.

A Director for African Promise said: “It’s not often that you hear of school students voluntarily walking to school, let alone doing it for a whole month!

“Isaac is clearly an exceptional young man and we are delighted that he has chosen African Promise, our partner schools and their pupils to benefit from his efforts.

“We hope that others will get behind him and support him every step of the way.”

To contribute to Isaac’s fundraising efforts with a donation visit his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/isaac-pullan