Young Leaders – Great Examples

CAFOD has been running its Young Leadership programme for a few years now and this year two students from St George’s College in Weybridge are taking part. Ellie tells us about her experience of being on the programme with her friend, Sarah.

“Sarah and I signed up to the CAFOD young leaders programme this year and we learnt a lot from all the sessions but we particularly found the fundraising day very interesting and felt inspired to help raise awareness and money for CAFOD.

“At the beginning of the programme, around November time, we did an assembly to the lower school at St. George’s on CAFOD, who they are and what they do and their values.

“Then, after the fundraising training day in the programme, we set up a fundraiser at our school aiming to raise money for Lent Fast day. Firstly, we gave an assembly about what Lent Fast day was and why we thought it was important to raise money for it.

“Then, we sent around a big cardboard cut out in the shape of a fish to all the form classes in years 7 and 8.  The aim of this was to fill the fish up with coins using the blue tac provided and try to be the first class in your year to complete the fish. There was a great deal of competition for this, with the first class finishing their fish in two days! The winning class from each year was awarded a free sponge ticket per member of the class to cash in at our sponging event the next week.

The cardboard cut outs of fish filled with coins donated for Lent Fast Day

A Fish Full of Dollars (well, nearly)

 

“We then organised our sponge a teacher day.  This was during lunchtime and we had a great turn out with about half of the school turning up. The students paid for a ticket which they then cashed in for a sponge and got to throw the sponge at whichever teacher they preferred to (we had a rota of teachers). Along with this, we had a bake sale where we sold lots of different treats from cakes to cookies, which were all homemade.

“Everything was fish themed, including the cakes and the sponges to encourage the theme of this years Lent Fast day.

“Separate from the fundraiser, we helped our school chaplains raise money for the East Africa Appeal. St. George’s raised over £5000 in two days for this appeal which was amazing!

“Both Sarah and I are helping plan and execute an RE study day in June where Year 8 students focus on the work of CAFOD and world issues and what can be done to help issues.”

Our sincere thanks to Ellie and Sarah for their enthusiasm, their creativity and their great success at fundraising. If you are interested in becoming a CAFOD Young Leader in your school then do get in touch with us at the local CAFOD volunteer centre: arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

St George Students raise funds by soaking their teachers and making cake

Staff at St George’s College in Weybridge put themselves in the line of fire to help raise funds for our Lent Fast Day appeal shortly before Easter. Students donated generously for the chance of hurling wet sponges at their teaches. Students were delighted and staff were wet, despite their attempts to cover up with ponchos.

A crowd of St George's pupils soaking their teachers

A crowd of St George’s pupils soaking their teachers

The water based challenge was particularly fitting as the focus of our Lent Fast Day appeal was Florence who had received training to become fish farmers.

There was also a cake sale to aid in the efforts, all of which raised £584 for our work. The event was organised by two students who are part of our young leaders training program. They will also be helping to lead a social justice day for year 8s later on in the year.

We would like to thank the organisers, the soaked and willing teachers and all who took part in the fundraising. Our thanks also go to St George’s for the photos.

Spreading the word in our local schools

Last term our team of school volunteers truly went the extra mile to visit over a quarter of our local schools, bringing the total for this academic year up to almost 40% of schools with more visits planned in the summer term. Schools were often visited more than once too.

Over ten thousand children heard about CAFOD, our work and the needs of

Towers Cakes

Towers

the world. We know also that lots of schools ran their own assemblies, workshops and activities too, such as The Towers Convent School who made and sold cakes for our East Africa Appeal and Our Lady Queen of Heaven School in Crawley who organised a fun run. The Towers Convent School also had a visit last term by our local volunteer Marie-Helene. Fr Chris Dobson of Crawley parish also visited Our Lady Queen of Heaven for their Harvest Festival and spoke of global hunger and our work.

The majority of visits were to raise awareness of our Lent Fast Day appeal but our volunteers also spoke about World Gifts, Laudato Si’, Livesimply, Fairtrade, What is CAFOD and other topics. Since the start of the academic year schools have donated almost £12,000 for Fast Days, World Gifts, our East Africa Appeal and other aspects of our work.

Children of St John's Primary School in Horsham creating a large fish out of £1 and £2 coins.

St John’s Fish – Lots of £1 and £2 coins growing into a giant fish

We haven’t been able to write up stories about all the visits and activities for our blog but we’ve got a description of visits to St Edmund’s in Godalming and St John’s in Horsham. Thank you so much to our School Volunteers, for their tireless enthusiasm, their joy and their willingness to use their skills in this way. Thanks also to the teachers, support staff and everyone in the school communities working so hard to form, educate and care for the young people of our church and neighbourhoods.

Would you like to join our team of School Volunteers? Full training is provided along with expenses, support and resources. It’s a wonderful way of putting one’s faith into action and the response from the children and young people is very rewarding. Do get in touch with us on 0483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk for more information.

If your school has raised awareness of, or funds for, CAFOD then do let us know and we’d be delighted to feature them on our blog.

Thank you to the following schools for hosting our visitors during the spring term:

St Pancras, Lewes,
St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill-on-Sea
St Thomas a Becket, Eastbourne (Junior and Senior)
Sacred Heart, Hastings
St Peter, Shoreham
St Polycarp, Farnham
St Philip, Arundel
The Marist, West Byfleet
Holy Family, Addlestone
St Wilfrid, Angmering
St Mary Magdalene, Brighton
St Edmund, Godalming
English Martyrs, Worthing
St Catherine, Littlehampton
St Philip, Uckfield
St Francis of Assissi, Crawley
St John, Horsham
St Bede, Redhill
St Mary Star of the Sea, St Leonard’s
St Mary, Portslade
St Richard, Chichester
St George, Weybridge

And our thanks to all schools who have raised funds to support our work across the world.