Webuyanycar.com backs Brake’s Giant Walking Bus
Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 4:41pm
Webuyanycar.com has increased its partnership with road safety charity Brake with the sponsorship of this year’s Giant Walking Bus. The Giant Walking Bus, which takes place today (June 11 2014) in primary schools across the nation, aims to encourage drivers to drop their speed to 20mph around schools. The number of children signed up to take part in the awareness-raising event is already more than 100,000, a 25% increase on last year. Equipped with high-visibility vests, posters and banners, each school will gather its children at 10.00am on June 11 to take part in a safe 500m walk around the roads surrounding the school. The event is part of the GO 20 initiative launched by Brake to encourage the introduction of 20mph zones around schools and in residential areas. Participating schools are also encouraged to fundraise for Brake by taking part in the Giant Walking Bus. Schools have been able to sign up at brake.org.uk/giantwalkingbus, while parents and teachers have been encouraged to find out more to help Brake and webuyanycar.com raise awareness about road safety through this vital life-saving event. Webuyanycar.com employees from their head office in Manchester also joined in with the walks at their local primary schools. Rich Evans, head of technical services at webuyanycar.com, says: “We’re proud to be a part of Giant Walking Bus for the first time this year as part of our on-going partnership with Brake. The work they do is so important and they find fun and engaging ways to do it. It’s great to be part of such a massive movement.” Katie Shephard, fundraising director of Brake, comments: “The sponsorship from webuyanycar.com has been invaluable in supporting Brake’s Giant Walking Bus and making this one of our biggest events yet. Their money goes directly into supporting this event to encourage drivers to slow down and educate primary school children about staying safe when walking to school. The Giant Walking Bus is one of the most fun pieces of activity we organise and it’s great to have a partner who shares our values and aims.” The idea behind Walking Buses is for primary school children to be encouraged to walk to school on a regular basis. Parents take it in turns to escort the children, with everyone wearing high vis jackets.