Over 80 Island School students participated in the 24 Hour Race – a relay-style charity event held at the Peak, 2nd December 2017. This year, more than 900 students from local and international schools participated in this student-led event, which aims to put an end to human trafficking. Students run in teams of eight, trying to complete as many laps as possible. Island School ran the greatest distance out of all the schools, covering 1,590 kilometres in 24 hours.
Over the past few months, students have been working hard to fundraise money for the cause – organising events, contacting relatives, and getting the whole school involved. Led by Team Leaders Tiarnan Neville (12W) and Paige Wills (12F), the Island School team raised almost HKD100,000 for the Race, with funds going to The Exodus Road. The Exodus Road is a charity that focuses on raids and rescuing victims of human trafficking, and will partner with the 24 Hour Race in “Operation 24”. A plan that seeks to remove 240 people from the human trafficking industry, investigate 2,400 locations and invest 24,000 hours of time into research and raids.
Aside from the runners, Island School students volunteered:
Alice Zhang (12R) and Shaun Tan (12N) Race Marshals,
Eunice Tai (12N) First Aider,
Rohan Daswani (11F) Press Manager,
Daanyal Ebrahim (11D) Fundraising Manager
Bakhita Fung (12 R) Executive Director
The committee worked alongside 20 other students who pull the race together. The Island School team would like to thank the community for their support and contributions to the movement.
By Bakhita Fung (Media Team )
In conjunction with the 24 Hour Race, Wilberforce House arranged a dress yellow day on the 1st December in recognition of the UN International Anti-Slavery Day on 2nd December. All students in the House wore an item of yellow clothing or a yellow ribbon to show their support, and each donated $20, which will go towards the 24 Hour Race.