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12 Labours Raises £82,000 for Charity

12 Labours Raises £82,000 for Charity

The 12 Labours of Radley was a massive charitable achievement undertaken by the whole school managing to raise a staggering £82,000. Each student pushed themselves to their limits physically and mentally in the name of charity as each Social pushed through the arduous challenges and labours.

The first challenge was “Climbing Mount Olympus” where we climbed the stairs of K Social as many times as possible in 15 minutes. Then came “The Argonaut Challenge” which involved pushing ourselves to the limit on the ergo machine for 15 minutes. Trial 3/4 was the “Avoid Scylla and Charybdis”. These were the two most fun challenges as we had to conquer the inflatable obstacle course and wade across the pool in a 30 minute period. As a Social we then moved onto “The punishment of Ixion” as we cycled for a gruelling 30 minutes.

The next three challenges were coupled together as a part of the “Spartan Challenge” in which every student had their opportunity to show off how many press ups they could do as the students competitive side came into the picture. Trial nine was, in my opinion, the hardest challenge of all as we had to run as far as we could in 30 mins, with multiple students including myself losing the contents of their stomach at the end. 
The next trial was either very easy or very difficult depending on your size in the matter. The challenge was to carry or be carried as far a distance as possible over a 15 minute period. Being quite small in stature meant I was rather content to be thrown around from shoulder to shoulder being carried in luxury.

The last two challenges were rather different in nature the first mental challenge came up in the form of “Danaids punishment”. In this trial we had to transport as much water across a section of field using only plastic cups and acted as a semi-rest as we recoiled from the previous labour. Then finally we had the final hurdle almost literally, as we had the climb up and down the hill as many times as we could in the last 15 minutes.

Overall the day was hugely rewarding for the charitable and physical endeavours undertaken and I think is an opinion all students held as we reflected over the day in chapel to cap off the day.

Report by Seb Berger, 6.2, B Social 

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