Pupils from Our Lady Queen of Heaven primary school, Crawley have raised £300 for CAFOD by exhausting themselves in a Fun Run.
Pupils enjoyed running around the school field, challenging themselves to achieve as many laps as possible; key stage 1 pupils averaged 12-14 laps, whilst key stage 2 pupils averaged 20. The Fun Run was a whole school event, meaning that 330 pupils took part, either paying £2 each to participate or collecting sponsorship.
All the mud and exhaustion was worth it, as the pupils raised over £300 for CAFOD; their efforts will help provide communities across the world with the means to feed their families, by helping families to receive training to set up their own small businesses, like fish farms. This will enable them to turn one fish into a whole business and provide them with an income to support their families.
Head girl, Mollie McKeever, said:
“It was great fun to be outside and exercising. It was bit muddy but that was part of the fun! It is lovely to know that we were having fun and helping others as well, by giving the money raised to charities like CAFOD who help communities all over the world.”
Miss Lauren Rickards, the R.E. leader at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, said:
“It was fantastic to see all the children take part in such a fun and active event. They thoroughly enjoyed challenging themselves and wanted to achieve the best they could and get a high score for the number of laps. It was lovely to see the children encouraging one another and thank you to the parents for coming along to cheer the runners on and show support.”
This Lent, CAFOD is focussing on work with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.
By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community. The money raised by Our Lady Queen of Heaven will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
CAFOD’s representative in Crawley, Martin Brown, said:
“We would like to say a big thank you to Our Lady Queen of Heaven for joining us in transforming communities this Lent. By coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.
“It is always so good to the joy and enthusiasm with which the children support our work. Thanks to them, the staff at Our Lady Queen of Heaven and for all who donated to the appeal.”
Donate to the Lent Appeal at cafod.org.uk/Lent