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New Horizons walkers are in for the long haul (road)

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The New Horizons group has come up with yet another novel fund-raising idea for its youth work – a sponsored walk up the new airport haul road.

The 14-kilometre track, built to carry construction traffic and materials from the new wharf in Rupert’s Bay to the construction site, won’t become a public highway until the airport is finished.

But contractor Basil Read has given consent for it to be taken over by pedestrians on Sunday, 10 February 2013.

New Horizons chairman Derek Richards said: “It’s an opportunity to see first-hand this new part of the  island’s infrastructure and to raise funds for a worthy cause.”

On 15 January, the youth organisation in Jamestown announced it was half-way towards raising the £12,400 it needed to take island teenagers to Ascension, to help prepare them for life in the wider world.

The bill includes seven return passages on the RMS St Helena, and the cost of meals for 35 days.

Fund-raising events have included this week’s Ladder Challenge, a car-wash, a reggae night, a Christmas bazaar and raffle, an open-air movie night, and the immensely successful creation of a haunted house at High Knoll Fort.

Donations have also been received from the Governor’s Office (£500), Derek Richards and gang (£110) and Marjorie and Dave Harding (£300).

The haul road walk will start at 09.30 hours. It promises to test the resolve of walkers: after a mile, they’ll be almost back where they started – but much higher up – thanks to the way the road climbs up the valley and doubles back towards the sea.

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