St Columba’s College, St Albans, have been challenging students and teachers to take to their bikes for CAFOD each year for nine years. This year’s event took place on Saturday 27th June and was the biggest one yet, with 30 students and a group of staff taking part. They raised an amazing £800!
Joe Tatham, teacher and school charity coordinator said:
“It was a beautiful day for cycling in the Hertfordshire countryside, our riders tackling off-road terrain, forest paths and fords over 45 kilometres circular route. Great thanks to the staff who took part and to Brother Paul in the support vehicle. There were indeed a few punctures!”
St Columba’s support doesn’t stop there either; the school run campaigns and fundraising all through the year.
Joe explained how else the school supports CAFOD
“We dedicate a week in our pastoral programme to CAFOD, usually at the end of September in preparation for the CAFOD fast day. If we aren’t fund-raising then we are either campaigning or at least showing solidarity through prayer.”
As well as using CAFOD resources in lessons, students and staff run their own events and initiatives. This year students have done all sorts from cake sales, to a bucket brigade for Nepal, to a group of Sixth Form students heading into London to take part in the 17th June #fortheloveof climate change lobby.
A round of applause and a huge thank you to everyone at St Columba’s for all your support!
If you want to find out how you can support CAFOD at your school, contact CAFOD Westminster on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 449 6970 to find out more!