24-hour Summer Solstice walking challenge

Posted by ep273 at Jun 18, 2018 09:55 AM |
Staff from the School of Arts are undertaking a 24-hour Summer Solstice walking challenge across Leicestershire in aid of a pioneering new project to resettle a refugee family from Syria to South Leicestershire.

On Wednesday 20 June at 6pm, Drs Mary Ann Lund, Mark Rawlinson, Scott Freer, and Martín Agnone will start walking from Leicester Cathedral (host to Arabella Dorman’s art installation ‘Suspended’, comprised of clothes discarded by refugees arriving on the beaches of Greek islands). Their route will turn west, then north, until they arrive to greet the dawn of Midsummer’s day at Old John in Bradgate Park, before heading back to Leicester. They’ll arrive on campus to be joined by colleagues for a stroll round Victoria Park, before heading south towards Market Harborough. Their walk, which will be about 50 miles, ends there at the Old Grammar School.

They hope to raise at least £500 for South Leicestershire Community Sponsorship.This groundbreaking new refugee project enables the local community to take the lead in welcoming and resettling a refugee family fleeing war and persecution, so that they can rebuild their lives in the safety of South Leicestershire. One of the partnering organisations is the University of Leicester, which has committed to providing free language tuition for the resettled family through the English Language Teaching Unit.

You can donate here and find out more about the South Leicestershire Community Sponsorship on their facebook page.

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