Hinkley High School's internationally known Landmines Task Force will hold their annual Walk for Landmines Awareness on Saturday, Nov. 11. More than 100 people are expected to make the 3.5 mile trek from Hinkley High School at 1250 Chambers Rd. to the MLK Library located at 9898 E. Colfax Ave. Participants will arrive at Hinkley at 8:30 a.m., begin walking at 9 a.m. and arrive at the library between 10:30 and 11 a.m.
For the past three years, IB students have raised more than $20,000 to clear minefields in Mozambique as part of the United Nations Landmine Initiative through the Adopt-a-Minefield campaign. The students' efforts are recognized internationally and are featured in a video by the Adopt-A- Minefield organization. The video is shown to potential donors all over the world.
Last summer teacher Chris Sundberg and student An Dang traveled to Mozambique. "Seeing the effect landmines have had on the people firsthand was eye opening. Visiting Mozambique has changed my life forever," Dang said. Three years ago two other students went to Mozambique with Sundberg.
In addition to the landmine walk, students hold fundraisers throughout the year, including a radio show and a luau. The APS students have raised more money than any other student-led effort. To date, two minefields have been cleared because of the monies APS students have raised. "This is the most meaningful activity I have ever been involved in," said one student.
The United Nations Initiative engages individuals, community groups and businesses in resolving the global landmine crisis. The campaign helps save lives by promoting awareness of the landmine problem and raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance. Landmines reportedly maim or kill 10,000 civilians every year.
To sponsor a student, please contact Christine Sundberg at 303-340-1500.