Camberwell students go sugar free raising £250 in a day to help ‘Turn on the Taps’ this Lent



Sacred Heart sixth formers celebrate their fundraising achievements at CAFOD head office.

Sacred Heart Sixth Form College, in Camberwell,  raised £250 in one day, for CAFOD’s Lent appeal by giving up sweets and fizzy drinks.

Their efforts will help provide clean and safe water across the world as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.

In an added boost, their fundraising efforts for the Catholic charity’s Lent Appeal will be doubled by the UK Government’s Department for International Development up until May meaning they will have raised a fantastic £500 for CAFOD.

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Sixth Formers at the college have been volunteering for CAFOD since October. Alongside studying for their A-levels they have also been getting creative making bracelets and selling them to raise even more money for CAFOD.

The students said:

“I wanted to help CAFOD to be a good Christian. This year’s Lent campaign is so important. We take it for granted all the amazing things we have so we wanted to work together to help raise money for CAFOD. That’s why we chose to give up sweets and sugary things, to help those without clean water, such as 15-year-old Guti from Uganda. Guti nearly dropped out of school because there was no clean, safe water and had to walk to the river for water to drink or to wash.

CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump near Guti’s school, provided a portable sink and soap for handwashing, and trained teachers to help pupils learn good hygiene routines. This has meant fewer pupils miss school due to illness and some girls are taking high-school exams that only boys took before.”

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Nick Hurd, said:

“It’s fantastic that sixth forms have been volunteering and helping ‘making a splash’ this Easter for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, supporting thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.

“By doubling every pound raised, together we can ensure that 300,000 people, especially young girls, can go to school rather than walking miles to collect water, can be protected from disease, and live healthy, productive lives.”

Right now, 650 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. It is also estimated that women and girls spend 125 million hours a day collecting water, which means time away from work, school or playing with friends.

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