Camberwell pupils make Record-Breaking splash for water appeal

Student fundraising on a fancy dress walk

Pupils from Sacred Heart school in Camberwell have taken part in a week long fundraising drive raising an incredible £9,000 for charity, some of which will go towards supporting people living without access to clean water.

The students took part in more than 100 events during their ‘Charity Week’ ranging from food sales and face painting, to sponsored silences and strength challenges.

The teachers also got involved in the fundraising activities, taking part in football matches and Zumba dance classes to raise money.

The school chose to designate £1,000 of the proceeds to Catholic aid agency CAFOD’s ‘Give it Up’ appeal, supporting water and sanitation projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Pupils were given a daily update on how much they had managed to raise to keep them motivated with star fundraisers getting their names put into a draw to win tickets to an Olympic event.

The climax of the charity week came on a Sunday morning when 500 pupils and teachers took part in a sponsored walk across 8 bridges in central London, many in fancy dress.

RE co-ordinator, Richard Rooney said: “We are always amazed at the creativity and generosity of our pupils during Lent and particularly the school’s ‘Charity Week’. This year we were delighted to give a large sum of money to CAFOD to support the Lenten appeal and make a real difference to people’s lives. We were especially ecstatic that the money raised was matched by the Government.”

Since February, schools from around England and Wales have been working to raise awareness of the 783 million people around the world living without access to clean water. The Government responded on 20 April by announcing a doubling of its support for water and sanitation projects, designed to help 60 million more people gain access to clean water and sanitation by 2015.

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said: “CAFOD is working to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s most vulnerable and neglected people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease. It is potentially life saving work, tackling cholera, helping girls attend school rather than having to fetch water and ensuring that children know about hygiene and waterborne diseases.

“By matching pound for pound all public donations, the UK Government will help CAFOD double its impact, ensuring tens of thousands more families have access to clean water and sanitation and are provided with everything from water purification kits and soap to training in how to fix a broken borehole.”

This year’s appeal has raised a record amount which has broken the £8million mark. This will be boosted again with the Government doubling donations.

CAFOD’s manager for the Southwark diocese, Jim Simmons said:“It’s amazing that these children have put so much time and energy into thinking about others and changing lives. By giving it up for CAFOD these children have really made a difference.  The money that flows from these events will help transform the lives of people living in poverty, and with the Government matching every donation, the difference we can make together is so much greater.”

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