Pupils take steps to focus on water woes

Philiphaugh RotaKids take off their Walking for Water backpacks at the end of their six-kilometre walk

Philiphaugh RotaKids take off their Walking for Water backpacks at the end of their six-kilometre walk

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Scotland’s water is famous the world over, taken on the rocks or over the rocks with whisky.

But good old-fashioned drinking water was on the minds of Selkirk Rotary Club and its RotaKids when they set off on their “Walking for Water” aiming to raise funds and awareness of the problems faced by many families in Africa and other countries in getting their daily water.

Their efforts expected to raise more than £400 – to be divided between the Walk for Water Day and the Selkirk club’s water project for Zambia. Rotarians throughout the Borders have pledged thousands of pounds to the Selkirk-instigated project which it is hoped will be matched by Rotary district and international funding grants to provide water for the village of Ketete.

The club’s RotaKids groups from Lilliesleaf primary and Philiphaugh community schools joined forces with buddies from the P7s to walk six kilometres (five laps of a circuit round the village and along the banks of the River Ale; and 16 laps of the Philiphaugh school sports field respectively) carrying six kilos of water – replicating the journey made daily by many youngsters in Africa.