On Sunday, 845 school children took part in the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon at the Oundle Sports Centre to fundraise for girls’ education in Sierra Leone. Children from twenty-one local prep and primary schools swam, cycled and ran to raise sponsorship money that will be matched by the UK Government as part of the Restless Development Power Up Appeal.
The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is a national series with more than 6,000 pupils taking part across the country. This year was the first time Oundle had hosted the event with a huge contingent of pupil and staff volunteers on hand to welcome and direct families (and traffic), and help children get into the starting race positions and on bikes. This was a truly community centred day, with support from local businesses and over 2,000 attendees coming together.
This year, the Flight Centre Schools Triathlons raised a total of £1.2 million for charity, which will support more than 15,000 girls who have never gone to school. Restless Development helps women and girls learn skills such as reading and writing. The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is an event which captures the power and compassion of young people. The Oundle Triathlon raised £80,861 for Restless Development.