Durham kids helping children across the globe

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PUPILS are walking to help youngsters on the other side of the world.

As part of International Walk to School Month, 120 North East schools, including 67 in County Durham, will join children from 40 countries in celebration of walking.

It aims to encourage children to think about pupils in developing countries who have no choice but walk to school. Many have to walk to collect water too.

Pupils are also asked to make a pledge.

Adrian White, head of transport at Durham County Council, said: “That may be to walk to school every day, or two days a week and for those children who already walk to school they may pledge something a bit different, to skip to school for example.

“Youngsters will also be encouraged to gain sponsorship, with all the money raised being given to WaterAid, a charity that seeks to transform lives in the world’s poorest communities.”