Portsmouth students take a walk in aid of African village

GENTLY DOES IT From left, Rhian Lewis, Jordan Hoilett, Phil Dunn, Jeremy Robson, Paul Wheatley, Marketa Smitova, Rebecca Wright, Adi Omiyale, Nino Rapa and Freya Pryde. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133462-055)
GENTLY DOES IT From left, Rhian Lewis, Jordan Hoilett, Phil Dunn, Jeremy Robson, Paul Wheatley, Marketa Smitova, Rebecca Wright, Adi Omiyale, Nino Rapa and Freya Pryde. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133462-055)
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STUDENTS walked four miles around Portsmouth to illustrate the hardship some Africans face every day in their bid to find fresh water.

The international development students from the University of Portsmouth took turns to each walk the distance around the city to collect and bring back fresh water.

The challenge raised money for the African Women’s Forum, which helps to provide a clean water supply, a school and proper sanitation for people living in Teekpeh village in Liberia.

Marketa Smitova was one of the organisers.

She said it is part of their course at university.

‘We did the walk to demonstrate how difficult it is to get water in Africa,’ she said.

‘We start to understand what kind of programmes are in Africa, South America and Asia and why the countries are so poor and why they need help.

‘Through the charity we can help these people.’

The students started and finished the walk in Guildhall Square yesterday.

Around 30 people in total took part in groups.

They walked through the city down to the seafront where they collected water and then back.

Pirjo Saaskilahti helped to organise the event.

She said she hopes people will gain an understanding of how difficult it is for some people in Africa to get fresh water.

‘We didn’t know it was such a long way that they needed to go,’ she said.

‘It’s heavy trying to take a big bucket and carrying it. It’s not an easy job.’

The students handed out leaflets and shook buckets to collect donations from members of the public.

They also sold cakes and biscuits.

To find out more information about the charity or to make a donation, visit africanwomensforum.org.