Youngsters make "wheely" big effort for charity

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Youngsters clocked up some kilometres while raising money for charity when they participated in the walk and wheel-a-thon on Sunday.

The sponsored event saw 30 children aged from five to 10 years old from the Brownies and Rainbows walk, scoot, skate and pedal laps around Hesperange park over the course of an hour for the inaugural fundraising event.

After completing each lap, the youngsters received a stamp and, at the end, were awarded a certificate bearing their total tally. And with one girl completing a whopping 23 laps, it proved to be an active morning with a positive outcome.

The sponsored event helped to raised 1,200 euros to be split evenly between the British Girl Guides and Make-A-Wish Luxembourg.

“For the leaders it was great because we got the girls to be involved in something that benefited other people. They got to learn what a sponsored event was about and they got to go outside and have fun while doing it,” Rainbow Leader and Make-A-Wish volunteer Judith Long told, adding: “At the same time we've the underlying benefit which for us was to make money for the two great causes.”

The girls also received a Make-A-Wish T-shirt and bracelet for their efforts.

Make-A-Wish Luxembourg, an affiliate of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International, was recently founded to help children with life-threatening diseases to live out a dream.

The charity will have a stand at the Bertrange Multi-Culti event at the Centre Atert on May 5 from 11.30am. Proceeds from the 2013 Concours d'Elegance at the end of August will also go to the charity.