A huge thank you to pupils and staff at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Preston. They raised over £1,000 for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.
During Lent, the school had been holding various fundraising activities and the finale was a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance by pupils, alongside and a bush tucker trial undertaken by the teachers.
The now annual ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance returned to the school stage with eight ‘Stars’ taking to the stage and three supporting performances from staff.
Highlights from the event, organised by Miss Gardner, included the Year 11 group ‘Bus Stop Boys’ performing Uptown Funk to the 320-pupil audience and year 8 pupil Taylor Stout with her winning performance of ‘Titanium’.
Another popular event was ‘I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here – Bush Tucker Trial’, organised by Mrs Hartley and hosted by Mr Botes with Year 11 volunteers acting as waiters. The popular show was very entertaining with several brave staff enduring some extraordinary culinary delights, including grasshoppers, pigs’ tails, bugs, eyes and worms. The winner was Mr Holden, who managed to eat everything.
A representative from the school said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and show our appreciation to the contestants, victims or fools who willingly, some more so than others, put themselves through that torture for a good cause!
“Without their willingness to put themselves through those hideously delicious delicacies, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Both events successfully raised over £696, making the total for the school’s Lent fundraising £1,192.
This Lent, CAFOD has been working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.
The money raised by Corpus Christi will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
CAFOD’s representative in Preston, Patrick Gardner, said:
“We would like to say a big thank you to Corpus Christi pupils and staff for joining us in transforming communities this Lent. The events looked like so much fun and really do show that by coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.”