A student is set to pull on his running shoes to raise cash for two cash-strapped schools in India which are badly in need of new facilities.
Stamford School pupil, Zishi Zhang will be taking on the Brighton Marathon on April 7 in aid of the Honnegar Ashram Girls’ High School and Arni school, in Vellore.
Zishi, 18, is taking part in the event as part of the ‘Lincs to India’ fundraising and cultural exchange project set up by Stamford School, which is raising cash to improve basic classroom at the schools and buy them learning materials.
“I feel as a young person I want to bring about some positive change and I just want to help those who are less fortunate than us around the world,” Zishi said.
The teenager, who is studying A-levels in politics, philosophy and maths, aims to raise £1,000 and so far the Lincs to India project has raised around £4,000 for the schools.
Zishi, who has completed a Duke of Edinburgh award at bronze and silver standard, will be taking part in his first marathon and said that training for the event has proved to be tough but he is sure he will be well prepared as he has been clocking up many miles in training.
He said: “It is tough, I have to balance my workload, with preparing for my A-levels. As part of my training I have run 16 miles.”
Zishi added that he aims to finish the race in about four or five hours.
Lincs to India was set up by Stamford School head of philosophy Faye Harrison, after she visited the schools in 2015 as part of a trip organised by the Diocese of Ely, Cambridgeshire and the Diocese of Vellore, India.
In 2016 the school set up India Week, which celebrated Indian culture.
To make a donation to Zishi visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/zishi-zhang-1