Yesterday, we were invited to view a presentation carried out by three Year 9’s from our school to educate a class of Year 7’s on the conditions in Kiribati, a small island in the central Pacific Ocean, and to suggest a way in which they could help.
Their idea was to launch the ‘On Your Bike’ campaign, with the aim of cycling the distance (using static bikes) from here in the UK to Kiribati, in order to raise awareness, and hopefully some funds, to reach them and improve their situation.
Kiribati, with a population of just over 100,000, became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the UN and also the Commonwealth, the most common languages being English and Gilbertese. They have a rich culture of music and dance, based on chanting, body percussion, and birdlike movements.
As a tropical climate, Kiribati is prone to dramatic weather changes, and, suffering a recent bout of climate change, we feel that it is time to help. Through launching the campaign, we hope to raise enough money to change the whole situation in Kiribati, and that we are able to help them in whatever way we can.
Although this was merely a classroom project, after viewing their idea, we hope to actually launch this idea at the beginning of the next school year to see if we can actually raise some money.
So go on… on your bike!