Earlier this year, Rosie Van Der Vliet (Year 11) ran a half marathon in Sierra Leone to raise money for the charity Street Child.

Street Child aims to create educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. Rosie was the youngest participant at the event in Makeni, Sierra Leone in May, where more than 100 runners tackled temperatures of over 30 degrees.

Rosie was subsequently asked to talk about her experiences at a panel session for Street Child this week alongside HRH Princess Eugenie and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, who are global ambassadors for the charity. The event was a mother and daughter initiative to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, with the panel discussing the issues girls face in Sierra Leone and Liberia, particularly with sex trafficking across the border. The Duchess of York chaired a panel of inspirational speakers who tackle issues that face women and girls across the world – including the fact that every year, 12 million girls are married before their 18th birthday.

Rosie shared her experience in Sierra Leone with impressive coherency. Well done to Rosie for all of the charitable efforts she has dedicated to Street Child this year.

Rosie with HRH Princess Eugenie