Intrepid youngsters from The Manchester Grammar School followed in the footsteps of renowned adventurer Bear Grylls to help provide clean sanitation for people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Year 4 boys Agastya Allen, Azan Sami, Benedict Welfare, Marco Majithia, Cormac Currid and Sebby Hooton, all aged eight, set themselves the challenge of completing the Bear Grylls Survival Race.
They were moved after hearing that as many as 2.4 billion people do not have safe, clean or hygienic conditions to go to the toilet, and that every minute of every day, somewhere in the world a child dies as a result of poor hygiene and sanitation.
The MGS boys wanted to help out and on 24 September, undertook the race to raise money for the charity Tearfund, who provide clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to needy parts of the world.
The MGS boys completed a challenging course that took them through the leafy woodland of Tatton Park, over obstacles and through flora and fauna.
And as a result of their sterling efforts, they are now the proud sponsors of a toilet in The Democratic Republic of Congo.
The boys were awarded special medals on the day and were awarded their ‘toilet twinning’ certificates at a school assembly.
Linda Hamilton, Head of the Junior School, said: “We are so proud of the boys for taking on such a difficult challenge to help those in need.
“We actively encourage MGS boys to take part in charity work both in and outside of School. We are very proud that boys want to make a difference to those who are less fortunate and this demonstrates the mark of a good MGS boy.”