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Time is running out to Vote for Green Champions in the Aviva Community Fund Poll

By Liz Nicholls

There’s just a week left to cast your vote and help the KM Group’s charity department to bring its award-winning work to dozens of schools for free.

The KM Charity Team is in the running for a grant which would enable 25 schools to join its walk to school scheme at no cost.

A public vote will decide who wins the money from insurance company Aviva so the children’s charity is appealing to KentOnline readers to help by voting for the project.

More than 40,000 children and families take part in the charity’s green travel programmes including Active Wow (Walk on Wednesday) each week – meaning youngsters get valuable exercise and learn about road safety while roads get relief from traffic during busy periods. Last academic year alone there were 318,000 fewer car journeys in Kent thanks to the KM Charity Team’s work.

Pupils are encouraged to walk to school on Wednesdays and rewarded with stickers, certificates, and a weekly trophy for the class with the most walkers in each school. Monthly competitions offer prizes including visits from celebrity storytellers and tickets to Leeds Castle and Silver Blades ice rink.

But there’s not much time left to vote; the deadline is noon on Tuesday, November 21.

Visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk, scroll down and search for the Green Champions project – or click this direct link HERE - you’re allowed to vote up to ten times.

Kelsey Chambers, seven, and friends at Whitstable Junior School celebrate their support of Green Champions.
Kelsey Chambers, seven, and friends at Whitstable Junior School celebrate their support of Green Champions.

Simon Dolby, chief executive of the KM Charity Team, said: "Please vote for Green Champions and if we win it could be your school that benefits from the funding. We've noticed the Aviva Community Fund's website is not always up and running - probably due to the number of visitors - so please do try again later and cast your vote for us before the November 21 deadline."

Find out more about green travel for schools at www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/wow

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