14th March 2018

KIND PUPILS RAISE £3500 TO SUPPORT COVENTRY'S MOST VULNERABLE

As reported by the Coventry Telegraph:

Primary schools organised fundraisers for five key charities working in the city........

 

Pupils across Coventry have raised more than £3,500 for charities supporting those in need in the city.

Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools, which form part of the Romero Catholic Academy, presented £3,640 as well as items of clothing, food and toiletries to vital charities across Coventry.

Kind Pupils Raise Money March 2018

These include Coventry Cyrenians, YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire , Grub ‘n’ Gab, Coventry Jesus Centre and Walsgrave Baptist Church.

The children organised everything from bake off events and coffee mornings to movie nights and discos to raise the funds, and also co-ordinated appeals for donations.

The school councils were set a fundraising challenge after receiving training on how to turn ideas into projects at the start of the school year.

The pupils were also presented with awards by guest speaker Councillor Ram Lakha at a special event held to present the money and goods and in recognition of their commitment, determination and success.

Lisa Carroll, from YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “We’re really grateful to the academy for their generous donation. We currently have nine children under the age of ten living in our centres who would otherwise be homeless, so seeing schools help other local young people has a really nice synergy.

“Making connections like this is crucial for us and going forward we will be visiting some of the schools across the academy to educate the children about the support we provide to local young people.”

Pauline Finn, vice principal of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, said: “It was excellent to come together and celebrate the achievements of our children from across the academy.

 “Members of the school councils were given training where they learned about the importance of communication, presenting ideas and how to achieve more by working together.

“They have since been working hard to put all of these skills into practice to fundraise for our chosen charities which all help the local community, particularly the homeless and those in need. They were tasked with being as imaginative as possible and came up with some brilliant ideas.

“We would like to thank Councillor Ram Lakha as well as the charity representatives who came along to the celebration where we were able to present our donations and hear more about the fantastic work they are doing across the city.”