The 45th annual PTA sponsored walk, which attracted over 1000 participants, made up of students, parents and teachers, started at Kitase in the Akuapem South district of the Eastern Region through Berekuso and ended at the Presbyterian Women’s Institute at Abokobi, in the Ga East district of the Greater Accra Region.

The yearly event was part of efforts to raise funds for both school projects and supporting mental health, in memory of two GIS students, Jason and Kerry Fung, who lost their lives in the 90s to a man who had a psychiatric condition.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital.

Chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) at GIS, Mrs Clementia Tetteh said the school believes in giving back to society and also teaching the students to be selfless.

She said the school has been using proceeds from the walk to support the Pantang Mental Hospital, and that, they have installed water storage tanks and undertaken some refurbishments at the hospital.’’

Mrs Tettey said they would be looking at renovating the washroom of the female ward of the hospital and other projects would in three phases.

She explained that the school’s choice of the route for the walk was to use a rough road with less traffic, which was safer for the kids, adding that, “we didin’t want to walk on coaltar because it’s hot.”

The PTA chairperson said they looking forward to extend their support to other mental institutions.

At the end of the walk, prizes were awarded to the fastest walker (teacher, student and parent categories), fastest class, class with most funds, class with most walkers as well as a raffle draw for the students.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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