The dedicated school volunteers across Westminster diocese have visited over 40 primary and secondary schools raising awareness about the importance of clean water for our Lent campaign.
Thanks to our wonderful education volunteers, schools across the diocese have been busy fundraising. Here are just a few examples, St Joseph’s primary school in Hendon, held a ‘Mufti day’ and all students wore blue. St Edmunds in Ware held a number of events run by students such as a book sale and Swimathon.
Volunteer Anne Nugent said: “I used buckets with 2 litre bottles of water to show pupils in primary schools how heavy and difficult they are to carry long distances and some of the older students tried to carry them on their head, it was an excellent way to show how important it is to have water pumps in villages providing safe and clean water.”
Students at Gunnersbury Catholic School were given collection boxes to have in their homes and have so far counted over £600 with more to come. In an added boost, all fundraising was doubled by the UK government’s Department for International Development and continues until the end of May.
Pupils at Gunnersbury Catholic School worked hard over the Lenten period to raise money for CAFOD’s ‘Make a splash appeal’ supporting their partners to help communities gain access to clean water and sanitation. The school’s fundraising efforts have included cake sales and a Fast Day. They hope to exceed their target donation of £1,000 following an inspirational assembly by CAFOD Schools Volunteer Hilda Mc Cafferty.
Joanna Jarvis, based at the CAFOD Westminster volunteer Centre in Cockfosters said:
“Lent Fast Days are such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others. Our wonderful team of volunteers have been busy running workshops and assemblies and the schools have been very supportive through prayer and fundraising.
Schools in the Westminster Diocese are very generous throughout the year. In the January term year 6 students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Chaplaincy team in Bishop Stortford raised £1,000 for CAFOD’s Refugee Crisis Appeal. Katharine Roper, Chaplaincy team coordinator said ‘The children have been very moved by what they have seen and heard about the Refugee Crisis and wanted to do something to help. They came up with fundraising plans and it also tied in with Pope Francis’ call for a ‘Year of Mercy’ and appeal to help Refugees.”
To book an assembly or workshop or to find out more about becoming a schools volunteer email Westminster@cafod.org.uk or telephone 0208 449 6970.