Children turn to go-karts and bikes to raise funds for China trip

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CHILDREN got on their bikes to raise cash for a visit to China.

Students at Portland College, in Chapelgarth, Sunderland, were joined by pupils from five other schools to take part in a sponsored bike ride.

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Rebecca Cummins, a teacher from Portland, said 12 children took part in the event to raise money for two children from each school to visit their partner schools in Harbin, China.

Rebecca said: “Six schools are visiting Harbin in June – two students from each school accompanied by one member of staff from each of the schools. The schools came together for the afternoon to complete a number of sponsored laps on the bikes and go-karts.

“The students were supported by staff, parents and pupils at Portland and the event raised more than £1,500 towards the cost of the visit.”

There are nine Sunderland schools involved in the Harbin schools project, which began three years ago, to compare approaches to sustainability within Sunderland and Harbin and the contribution children and young people can make.

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Rebecca said the partnership project and the visit in June will strengthen existing links, giving a strong international dimension to the school curriculum in subjects such as science, IT, geography, English and maths.

Portland School is also hosting a charity race night on Friday, May 4 and anyone who would like to donate prizes for the event should contact the school on 553 6050.

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Sunderland signed a Friendship Agreement with Harbin, China, in May 2009.

Harbin, a city of nearly 10million people, is in the North East of China and is also capital of the Heilongjiang province.

The friendship agreement was signed to develop economic, educational and cultural benefits to the city and strengthen business links with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Representatives from Sunderland travelled to China to sign the agreement at a ceremony in front of 80 guests.

As part of the agreement, there have been a number of exchange visits.

Several of the city’s businesses are part of the agreement, as well as nine city schools.