On the 1st January 2022, people usually have a restful day. However, not this bunch of young philanthropists.
The charity Bangladesh Regeneration Trust UK (BRTUK) which is a project of Global Development Foundation (GDF), organised their annual night walk of the iconic London bridges from the famous Tower Bridge to the end of the route, Westminster Bridge and The Big Ben, stretching a beautiful array of architectural excellence coupled with soothing blend of pyrotechnic lighting of amazing colours and arrangements. The fundraising walk was for livelihood projects across Bangladesh, including duck rearing in Rajshahi.
At around 6.30pm, the journey started off from the famous Shaheed Minar, Altab Ali Park, East London. This year the event attracted children as young as 6 years old. All were very enthusiastic about their forthcoming walk along The River Thames.
Young Inaya was so excited and said “ my father brought us along. I’m so excited because we get to hear of places like Tower Bridge, but never been on it.”
We all were briefed by Islam Uddin of GDF and gave us health and safety instructions such as to stay together and informed us to stop at each landmark and take group pictures before moving on to the next one until to the end at Westminster Bridge.
As the journey began, the first stop was Tower Bridge, then London Bridge, Southwark Bridge until all the way past The London Eye, Westminster Bridge and seven other bridges. It took almost 3 hours to complete 7KM stretch along The River Thames. The children were exhausted but they never gave up and loved their experience. One added “it was tiring but fun. I am happy for what we went through. It was a great experience and I’d do it again.”