Refugee Week post No. 4. What a difference 12 years makes! One of our sponsored students has now reached half way through Senior 5 or Year 12. A big thank-you to past and present members of Great Sankey High School Science department for your continuing monthly support.
Our sponsored children and young people, September 2016, going back to school and college.
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As a result of this article, Wish FM called and sent a reporter round.
Schools can play a huge part in raising awareness for charities working locally and in other countries. If anyone would like our more detailed pack of information about any of the sponsored children, or what we’re hoping to achieve during the trip, please get in touch.
This 60-mile sponsored walk (Puffin Island to Holyhead) raised funds for school fees. Part 1 was a similar distance along the Northern Coast of Anglesey from Holyhead to Puffin Island (the blue line).
The Southern (red) route completed a circuit of the island.
Each child we sponsor is known to us personally from our visits to Africa. Most of them have lost a parent or a sibling due to civil war.
The walk was completed and £2.2k was raised. Fantastic! Thanks to one and all.
First your neighbour kindly gives you 9 lbs of Green Tomatoes:
Put through the mincer, they produce a bright green, sour-smelling mush!
Add a batch of cooking apples from another neighbour
Then onions and malt vinegar:
And through the mincer, the mixture looks very unappetizing!:
Add ginger, cayenne pepper and sugar, then simmer!
Finally tie in sachets of pickling spice, and after a while the colour changes to a beautiful dark brown.
And eventually, 38 jars of finished product!
Quite a few people, on hearing about Green Tomato Chutney, have said “Yuk! I won’t try that!” But on being persuaded to try it, have loved it and come back for more.
Quite a few jars still available, price £2. 50p covers the cost of ingredients, and £1.50 goes to the project. An ideal and very tasty gift!
Day 5: Friday 9th August 2012
Forgetting my camera on this the final day of the walk means that there are only a few pictures, taken at the end!
Phew! It was a great experience to have walked these 60 miles from one side of Anglesey to the other, via the North Coast.
A massive thank-you to everyone who has sponsored. At the time of writing this, Saturday 17th August, the total raised is £2027.13 with one or two people still away on holiday who have said they would like to contribute. I am staggered at all the donations we have received, and pray that each giver would know a blessing in return.
David Sheppard, former Bishop of Liverpool, would often talk about ‘real wealth’ and I have certainly thought about that on this journey. What price can you put on some of the vistas of the Anglesey Coast? How much money are all the bees worth? They are genuinely price-less for without them we’d be gone.
Day4: Thursday 8th August 2013
Psychologically, it was good to be heading ‘down’ the map, running South from the top right hand corner of the island. It was also a relief to be on softer, smoother ground. Gill and the dogs accompanied me for the first mile or so:
Day 3: Wednesday 7th August 2013.
The rugged North cost of Anglesey is very beautiful but also slow going to walk along.
Hundreds of steps up and down the steep paths mean that your knees get hammered!
But overall it was still worth it.
The vast bulk of Wylfa power station was my starting point.
Note the “Emergency plume gamma monitoring station” cabinet in the foreground.
These are sprinkled around the site, presumably to track any gamma radiation releases.
It was a little disconcerting to find that there was a basic spelling error on the labelling of each box, see below.
Nuclear power stations are some of the most complex machines ever constructed.
It’s worth remembering that they are built by fallible humans, and multiple fail-safe mechanisms will always be needed (except perhaps in checking the accuracy of labels!).
I had not realised that Anglesey contained such a huge variety of rocks:
Hard to imagine 1600 years ago when Patrick was apparently in a ship-wreck on this coast and founded the church. Would he be puzzled at the fuss we make of the Celtic saints today?
Later that evening, near Dwyran we were having a meal at my brother’s place and I noticed these two striking pillar-shaped cloud formations above Snowdonia in the distance. Almost certainly they were due to thermals rising above the hot rocks and subsequent condensation of moisture droplets.
Day 2: Tuesday 6th August 2013.
An early start from our camp-site near Benllech. We drove back to Llanfachraeth, then posed on this superb footbridge built to cross Afon Alaw. European Union funding does do some good!
Once more, the tide was stealing in up the river. As we watched from the bridge, shivering ripples in the water were accompanied on occasion by flashes of silver. Sprats were coming in with the tide, looking for food. And then we saw them, bigger swirls and splashes – grey mullet chasing the sprats. And all the while, the water flowing up on either bank. It was a magical moment, early morning, still, silent, a pure gift.
Gill accompanied me for a short way, and then it was time for a fast walk down the estuary to the coast. I met other walkers and it’s hard not to feel a slight tinge of competition, “No, I don’t want to be overtaken!” Walking Northwards up the shore I was struck by the huge wide-open skies.
Day 2 ended in sheer exhaustion at the Wylfa power station visitor centre. About 15 miles walked, making a total of some 23 miles for Days 1 and 2.