Colleagues and customers can register to join adventurer, actor, writer and UNICEF ambassador Charley Boorman; European sprint record holder and gold medallist Dwain Chambers; singer, actress and mentor on UK singing competition X-Factor Sinitta; and Heart Radio presenter Harriet Scott, in raising money for children in Rwanda and London.
The walk takes place on Thursday, 30 September and will start at 19:00 BST from Potters Field, behind London’s City Hall, and take participants on a 10-kilometre route past landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Bank of England, Trafalgar Square and the Tate Modern.
Charley Boorman said: “As a UNICEF ambassador, and as a father, I know how important a good education is for a child’s development.
“But in Rwanda, after losing their parents in the horrifying genocide of the 90s, many thousands of children across the country continue to drop out of school in order to work to simply survive.
“We are getting children back into education so they can develop skills to help them find better employment and build a brighter future for themselves, their families, their communities and their country.”
Dwain Chambers added: “Since the civil war in the 90s, when hundreds of schools were destroyed, thousands of children have dropped out of the education system and been forced to work just to look after their families.
“By stepping into the night with Barclays and UNICEF, we can help get these children back into school, where as well as an education they can gain the confidence, self-esteem and support they need for a brighter future.”
The event builds on the success of last year’s walks in London and Manchester, which raised more than £60,000 to help UNICEF improve educational facilities and create a ‘child-friendly’ learning environment at 50 schools across Rwanda.
Money raised from the Barclays Step into the Night walk will help UNICEF improve school facilities in projects throughout Rwanda.
Funds raised will also support Have a Heart’s work in helping vulnerable children in the UK suffering from illness, disability, poverty or adverse social circumstances.