Bodmin College students take on Ultramarathon for Black Lives Matter
Four 6th Form students from Bodmin College have completed a 35-mile Ultramarathon to raise both money and awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dominic Hill, Mia Rowe, Maya KC Cotton and Jasmine Spencer, all in year 12, walked and part-ran the Ultramarathon on Tuesday 9th June across some of Bodmin Moor’s most challenging terrain.
“As teens with family members with underlying health issues, we felt that going to public protests were not the best way to raise awareness for us even though we’d love to go. However, we still wanted to do our part and donate as much money as we can to the BLM foundation. Now is the time to help more than ever to ensure change!” commented Dominic. “We have to speak out and make a difference to raise awareness of racism – it’s simply not acceptable that in 2020, the black community is discriminated against.”
The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum in recent weeks, following the murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in America on 25th May.
“As a school, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment for every member of our community” commented Ms Emmie Seward-Adams, Principal at Bodmin College. “We are very proud of our students who are embodying everything we stand for at our school.”
The Black Lives Matter movement was set up in 2013 following the death of another black American, Trayvon Martin, and has since expanded into a global organisation aiming to end racism against black people.
“So far, we have raised £1,155, which has smashed our initial £500 target!” commented Maya. “It was such a difficult walk and we were really sore in the days afterwards having trekked so far, but it was all worth it. We have to speak out about the issues of police brutality and racial inequality, and we hope we have encouraged people to have conversations and educate themselves about discrimination towards black people.”
The students all kept a safe distance between each other throughout their walk, in order to follow social distancing guidelines.
“Racism isn’t born, it is taught, so it’s vital to show our commitment to equality” commented Ms Alison Dures, Head of Performing Arts at Bodmin College. “Our students have shown unity with communities across the world in raising awareness for racial injustice. We are all in this together.”
Black Lives Matter protests originated in the USA, turning into global rallies which are now at the forefront of the world’s attention.
Ms Seward-Adams continued, “We all have a responsibility to stand up for human rights and show solidarity in creating change worldwide.”
All money raised through the marathon run will go to the Black Lives Matter charity.
To sponsor the 6th Form students, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkanultramarathon