Kalimpong, May 6: More than 500 schoolchildren yesterday walked a distance of 15 km — from Mela Ground here to Halpu Ground in Bermiok division of the Munsong cinchona plantation — for the development of the locality.
The walkathon — Walk to Share (Show your Care) — was organised by the Rotary Club of Kalimpong to raise funds for its community-based activities. Not to be left behind, some senior citizens, including 74-year-old C.K. Pradhan, a former police officer, also completed the walk. At the end of the long trek, the children put up a cultural programme.
“Even a six-year-old participated in the event. Of the 500 people who set off on the hike, around 80 per cent walked on till the end,” said Bharat Mani Pradhan, the person in charge of publicity of the event. “In the course of the walk, each student collected a minimum amount of Rs 375 by approaching at least five persons. The money will be used for community-related services that our club conducts from time to time.”
The children were from six different schools here, which have their own units of Interact Club that are “partners in service” of the Rotary Club.
Rotarians and their families manned the six check- points, which were set up along the route to provide water and glucose to the participants. Besides a pilot car and two ambulances also accompanied the walkers.