Woodside welcomed Wayne and Koda for a very different assembly on Thursday 5th December. Wayne Dixon is in on a 7000 mile walk around the coast of Britain with his beautiful dog Kodo; picking up litter as they go. Wayne is an army veteran who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and Kodo is a Norther Inuit. Wayne told the story of how he had inherited Kodo from his father who had bought him only weeks before he died. Wayne wanted to walk round Britain in memory of his father and decided to collect litter on the way after Kodo injured his paw on a broken drink can. Kodo laid peacefully at his master’s feet while Wayne held the children mesmerised, telling them how wildlife on land and sea suffered from the rubbish we throw away every day. After collecting more than 50 tonnes of rubbish, and raising money for MIND and the Northern Inuit Society Dog Rescue, Wayne was given a Points of Light award by Theresa May who wrote
“The astounding 7,000 mile litter sweep you are undertaking is having a real impact everywhere you visit and inspiring communities to do all they can to preserve our beautiful countryside and keep our towns and cities clean”.
Woodside is a Green Flag Eco school where each class takes it in turn to provide volunteers who collect litter from the Bridle Path running from King Edward Drive to the school. This week was the turn of 4R who invited Wayne and Kodo to join them in collecting two full bin bags of litter. Children had already been learning about litter and recycling from our work towards or Green Flag Award but they were totally inspired by Wayne’s talk and what he is doing. Kodo was a big hit too.