Pupils walk around the Olympic Park for CAFOD

Before breaking up for Easter, pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Leyton have been busy fundraising for our Lent campaign to help families across the world have access to clean, drinking water.

20160316_112759

Pupils at Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls School and St Joseph’s Catholic Junior school

The school have so far raised over £400 for people thousands of miles away by walking around the Olympic Park before breaking up for the Easter holidays.

Donate to our Lent campaign

P10503971

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

“The students and staff enjoyed the walk with St Joseph’s school and hope that they can collaborate in various projects, activities and fundraisers in the future.

Working together to help the community shows how united we all are. Together, we achieve more.”

Pupils and staff from St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School held a sponsored walk around the park, to support Catholic charity CAFOD’s  Lent fundraising appeal, raising awareness about how far people across the world have to walk for water.

All fundraising efforts for our  Lent  campaign will be doubled by the UK Government up until May.

All fundraising efforts for our  Lent  campaign will be doubled by the UK Government up until May.

As well as their sponsored walk, the school have been raising money every week, through cake sales and colour themed non-uniform days. Each class has a ‘money well’ which is a container filled with water and decorated with by pupils’ own paper water droplets, where the children have been donating their pocket money.

One pupil from St Joseph’s school said:

“We were walking during Lent to raise money for CAFOD. It was a good idea to walk around the park, despite it being so windy, as it helped us to experience what children in other countries experience when they have to walk to get their water.”

Children at waterpump

Right now, 650 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. It is also estimated that women and girls spend 125 million hours a day collecting water, which means time away from work, school or playing with friends.

Donate to our Lent campaign

Head Teacher, John Alexander said:

“It is very important that our pupils become aware of issues and problems that affect people, particularly children around the world. Through supporting international charities such as CAFOD the pupils gain a better understanding of their work in places such as Africa and Central America and how the money raised is used for long term relief. At St Joseph’s we want the children to learn beyond the classroom and truly become citizens of the world.”

The money raised by the school will give children, particularly girls, around the world a better chance of being able to go to school – girls such as 15-year-old Guti from Uganda.

Guti nearly dropped out of school because there was no clean, safe water and had to walk to the river for water to drink or to wash.

CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump near Guti’s school, provided a portable sink and soap for handwashing, and trained teachers to help pupils learn good hygiene routines. This has meant fewer pupils miss school due to illness and some girls are taking high-school exams that only boys took before.

Over 100 pupils at Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls school’ in Newham, who are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support joined alongside St Joseph’s Catholic school in solidarity.

Ms Suraiya Zannath, organiser, at Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls school said:”The students and staff enjoyed the walk with St Joseph’s school and hope that they can collaborate in various projects, activities and fundraisers in the future.

CAFOD’s representative in Leyton, Chris Driscoll said:

“Walking around the Olympic Park and joining our neighbours in solidarity is a fantastic idea. We are really grateful for all their hard work. On behalf of CAFOD, we’d like to say a huge thank you to the pupils at St Joseph’s for their generosity.”

Donate to our Lent campaign

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s