Pupils at The Beacon CE School, Exmouth, have been baking cakes, cleaning cars and walking dogs to support Christian Aid's work! Their fundraising will help transform a community in one of the poorest countries in the world - Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Pupils put on their aprons to fight poverty
Pupils chose to support Christian Aid, after listening to a range of 'charity champions', including Christian Aid area staff who visited the school. There was also the great incentive that collections will be multiplied by the European Union from £5,000 to £25,000, through a partnership project run by Christian Aid.
Fundraising began in the autumn term 2010, with non-uniform days, mistletoe sales and collections. After Christmas, the PTFA held a toy sale and as Lent began the school really kick-started their fundraising drive.
'Double your money'
'The understanding of long term development issues is amazing among the children and they are hungry to learn more.'
Mrs S. M. Lockwood, Headteacher
A local Methodist minister gave a class £5 and challenged them to 'double their money'. After lots of fantastic and creative ideas the pupils settled on making iced buns as a whole class. Ingredients were bought, dough made and buns iced. The £5 was increased by eight to raise £40!
These funds, along with money raised at a child-run book sale, provided enough 'capital' to reinvest. Students from Key Stage 2 then took a pound each and were challenged to 'grow it'.
Many activities are being undertaken by pupils: card making,car washing, garden tidying,dog walking and window cleaning!
At the same time, pupils in Key Stage 1 are busy collecting sponsorship for a skipping event. Some have also written to local businesses to try and gain support for an Easter egg hunt.
Reaching for a high target
Mrs S.M. Lockwood, the school's Headteacher, said: 'We are in exciting times with our fundraising efforts and while £5,000 still seems a distant figure, our 170 pupils are determined to succeed in their mission to make a change to a whole community of people in Burkina Faso.'
Thank you to all the amazing pupils, teachers and parents at The Beacon CE School for all your creative fundraising efforts. We look forward to an update later in the year.
If you want to find out more about Christian Aid or fundraising, simply contact your local Christian Aid office.