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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 donors.


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