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A group of pupils in Year 8 are embarking on an amazing virtual expedition, from Durham Cathedral to Borneo, to raise money for the World Land Trust.

The fundraiser is being organised by Harriet and Hannah, who are aiming to walk, run, cycle, swim horse ride and scoot as far as they can in one year, to raise at least £300 for the international charity which buys acres of land and turns them into protected areas of conservation.

The World Land Trust protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre. Through a network of partner organisations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife. Partnerships are developed with established and highly respected local organisations who engage support and commitment among the local community.

Hannah said: “We all really want to make a difference, as a team, to how people look at animals, and how people think about the environment, and we want to help to stop deforestation, by spreading the word about it, and raising money.”

“We are hoping to raise enough money to save three acres of habitat in Borneo, by exercising our way there from Durham.”

The distance between the iconic city cathedral and the Asian island is 7,158.5 miles, which is quite a mountain for the 12 month challenge.

The girls, however, are confident, with Harriet adding: “If we do reach Borneo, we could always come back.”

The group started last week, clocking up exercise as part of Senior House Sports Day, and hope they can add enough miles to reach their target by the end of June 2022.

If you would like to donate, the girls have set up a JustGiving page for people to make donations to the worthy cause. You can also keep up to date with their progress on a Facebook page that they have recently set up.

Good luck, girls!