Schoolkids cycle, swim and row to the Gambia

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220212 Bones academy, gambia event.

IT IS enough to make the walk to school seem like a doddle! Fundraisers at Bo’ness Academy were working up a sweat on Wednesday as they took part in a swim/row/cycle to Gambia challenge.

With a massive 6000km-plus gulf separating Bo’ness from the African state, teamwork was very much to the fore as pupils and staff aimed to cover as big a distance as they could in a day.

It will be repeated later on as they try to go the full distance.

Later this month, the 13 pupils and three teachers will be covering the kilometres for real - by plane - as they embark on a visit to their partner school, the Sukuta Upper Basic Secondary.

The Academy has a £6000 fundraising target, which will build the first toilets for 1700 African pupils.

For the full story, don’t miss this week’s Journal and Gazette, out now (edition February 24).