Catholic Life

Walker raises money for Sudanese children

George McLaughlin

A member of the Knights of St Columba will be undertaking a gruelling 98-mile trek to raise money for Christian schools in Sudan, writes John Newton.

George McLaughlin will be walking the West Highland Way from July 29 to August 5 to raise money for the Save the Saveable schools based around Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

The decision to help the Church-run schools in Sudan follows the Knights of St Columba’s decision to adopt the Aid to the Church in Need-backed scheme as its national action project from 2011-2013.

Mr McLaughlin, from Alloa in the Central Lowlands, described the challenge of completing the 98-mile route in eight days.

He said: “As I am not in the least fit or athletic this will be very challenging indeed.”

The West Highland Way runs from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William in the Highlands, following historic routes including disused railway lines and drove roads that were used to transport livestock in former times.

Mr McLaughlin hopes to raise £1,500 to educate children in Sudan through his sponsored walk and has set up an online page at where people can make donations.

In interviews with Aid to the Church in Need, Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of Khartoum has repeatedly stressed the importance of the schools for the future of the Church in Sudan.

He said: “There needs to be good Christian education possibilities so that future generations can be formed and can nurture strong values to enable them to live in an Islamic environment.

“Save the Saveable remains the way to help young Christian people so that they are educated and can play their part in local society.”