A Preston school has raised thousands of pounds to buy gifts for people living thousands of miles away.
Students from Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Fulwood, Preston, raised a fantastic £2,953 for CAFOD with events and activities ranging from a school Stars in Their Eyes competition to a staff ‘Bush Tucker Trial’.
The teenagers have chosen to use the money to buy presents from CAFOD’s ‘World Gifts’ scheme, including animals, medical care, and water supplies for some of the poorest and most remote communities in the world.
The UK government will match every pound raised by the school, meaning that Corpus Christi’s fundraising will amount to £5,906 – doubling the impact and helping even more people living in extreme poverty overseas.
Headteacher Mr Hubbard said: “Every pupil at the school should be proud of the fact that they have helped many people who have far less than themselves and help change their lives.”
CAFOD World Gifts allow people in England & Wales to buy presents that can make a real difference to communities overseas. The gifts range from crops which can grow during droughts, to kits and footballs for children living with HIV and AIDS.
The money matched by the UK government will help CAFOD to support communities in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America when weather-related disasters strike, and supports people to rebuild their lives. This work is becoming even more important as climate change – which scientists* state with 95 per cent certainty is being driven by human activity – risks making typhoons, cyclones, and droughts more severe and more frequent.
Rosa Trelfa, CAFOD manager in Preston, attended assemblies at the school throughout the week beginning Monday 1 June to thank students. Rosa said:
“Raising such a huge amount of money is a remarkable act of generosity on the part of the students and staff at Corpus Christi.
“Gifts such as a clean water supply for a community can make a huge difference to the daily lives of people who have to walk miles every day for such a basic necessity, whilst bees can provide honey for families to eat and sell.
“We’d like to thank everyone at Corpus Christi for their efforts in raising the money and standing in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world.”