By Emily Mordue, Special to The News
Highland Secondary students in Dundas recently hosted and participated in their annual Barefoot Walk-A-Thon. Profits from thefundraiser went to support Kisaruni Girls’ School in Kenya, which is affiliated with Free the Children.
“As a principal who supports all human rights, I am absolutely thrilled to have students and staff associated with HAVEN take such a compassionate and passionate stance,” said Em Del Sordo, the principal of Highland and Parkside.
Highland’s extra-curricular social justice club, HAVEN, organized this event. HAVEN is dedicated to finding solutions for social injustices and providing support to organizations such as Free the Children, Canadian Cancer Society, Because I Am a Girl and Save a Child’s Heart. Along with the members of theclub, 30 students participated in the Barefoot Walk-A-Thon.
The students left their shoes behind and made the journey to symbolize the young people in other countries who walk to school barefoot each day. More than $750 was raised.
HAVEN has supported the Kisaruni School for several years. This was the seventh annual Barefoot Walk-a-thon. Other events held over the years have been the Day Without Desks and the Diversity Luncheon.