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.
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org