Helwel Hike 2020
The annual Helwel "Hike"
was necessarily very different this year. Covid restrictions meant
that participants had to devise different ways of raising sponsorship.
The largest group did a long hike near Blandford Forum in Dorset
known as the "Hod and Ham" route, that being the name
of the two hills climbed in the beautiful chalk landscape. The photo
was taken at the lunch stop in Sturminster Newton.
Bill Johnston did his own individual hike near his Sussex home,
to the bewilderment of passers-by! Carol and Mike French celebrated
a milestone wedding anniversary with a sponsored walk in their village.
Congratulations to all participants. Not only did we have a good
time but we raised a record £12,000! This surpassed any previous
hike donations. How generous people are! Your money is supporting
rural Zulu communities to survive in the Covid pandemic. For example
the trainee pre-school teachers now have tablet computers and a
small subsistence stipend, and villagers have had seed and equipment
distributed to boost self-reliance. Thank you so much to our wonderful