During this term, for the first time, Concord launched a unique whole-school fundraising challenge — setting up a virtual cycle all the way from the United Kingdom to Ethiopia! Many students and teachers contributed to this meaningful event and eventually we accomplished the 8672 km journey.

Pedal4Lalibela was a whole-school fundraiser to raise money for the Soil of Amhara charity. Despite it being a first for the college, everything went really well.

The challenge was for students and staff to cycle and row a total of 8672km, which is the distance between Concord and Lalibela Primary School in Ethiopia. The initial aim was to raise £2000 to refurbish two classrooms in the school, however, the school managed to raise over £3500! This is enough to refurbish even more facilities and classrooms for the 1900 students at the school.

Over 200 students took part on the journey, and not just the students who were physically on the campus, but also those who are studying remotely. Those students had cycled in their native countries and sent in their distances.

The virtual journey was accomplished through the collective effort of students, staff and the wider Concord community. Everyone had fun cycling, rowing and taking part in this unique fundraising initiative. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s contributed to this event or donated.

— Outreach team