North Belfast Primary Schools Launch Diversity Initiative to Support Children Impacted by Cancer
21 Primary Schools in North Belfast have come together to launch their annual TREK Programme to celebrate difference and raise vital funds to support children and young people impacted by cancer.
What is Trek
The TREK Programme which stands for; Truth, Respect, Empathy and Kindness is a Personal Development and Mutual Understanding initiative that aims to help children develop an increased understanding and appreciation of our physical, social, and cultural differences.
This is the seventh year that primary and nursery school children from North Belfast have participated in the TREK programme which will launch on 19th April with a Rainbow Day to raise vital funds for Cancer Fund for Children. On Rainbow Diversity Day children will come in to school in different coloured T-shirts to represent and celebrate their schools’ inclusive ethos.
Voices of Support
Speaking on behalf of participating schools Mr Patterson, principal of Lowwood Primary School’s said,
“Our hope with TREK is to increase interaction, encourage debate and facilitate student’s exposure to other cultures, identities and disabilities in a positive way, building mutual understanding and empathy. It’s a public display of unity aimed at stretching all our boundaries. We are delighted to be partnering with a local charity for the first time as we raise money for Cancer Fund for Children, a charity which embodies the TREK values.”
Bernadette Hagans (23) who was diagnosed with a sarcoma in September 2018 and had to have her lower right leg amputated is throwing her support behind the initiative. She said,
“I’m so happy to be able to help with the TREK programme. It’s so important we teach kids about truth, respect, empathy and kindness because this is what’s going to create a more accepting future generation.”
Rebecca Oates, our Schools and Youth Fundraiser added,
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It is a disease that can affect us all and we are delighted to benefit from this incredible initiative that will help young people celebrate our differences and help them understand what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
During the coronavirus pandemic children with cancer have been incredibly vulnerable and have needed our support more than ever. We are so appreciative of primary schools coming together to help Cancer Fund for Children ensure that children throughout Northern Ireland don’t have to face cancer alone.”
Donate to TREK
You can support the schools fundraising and diversity initiative by donating to their JustGiving page here.
If your school would like to get involved in fundraising to help us ensure children and young people don’t have to face cancer alone our Schools Fundraiser, Rebecca would love yo hear from you e: firstname.lastname@example.org.