Wimbledon pupils’ Lenten charity challenge

wimbledon collegePupils at a Wimbledon school have been going that extra mile to raise money for people across the world without access to clean water.

Students from Wimbledon College have raised almost £3,000 for Catholic aid agency, CAFOD’s, ‘Give it Up!’ by organising sponsored events.

Chaplain, James Potter said: “We have been encouraging students to take on their own personal challenges and put their faith into positive social action. Some have organised sponsored silences, stand ups and fasts. We have also held cake sales and one student managed to raise £329 on his own by holding a sponsored swim.” 

Wimbledon College’s Give it Up! fundraising will have double the impact this year after CAFOD was awarded UK Aid Match funding for their Lent appeal. This means the UK Government will match pound for pound every donation given to CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

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.”

Wimbledon College is one of many schools across England and Walestaking part in ‘Give it Up’. The initiative invites children to give up a treat, such as crisps or chocolate, and donate the money to CAFOD instead. Or they could get sponsored for giving up computer games or TV. Many schools are holding walks for water, water quizzes and various water themed challenges to raise money this Lent.

CAFOD’s Southwark manager, Jim Simmons said:“Lent is a time when we stop and reflect on our lives. It’s amazing that children are putting so much time and energy into thinking about others and helping to change lives. By giving it up for CAFOD these children are making 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. ”

Wimbledon Collegeis also participating in CAFOD’s Thirst for change campaign. Recognising the strong track record the UK has in supporting international development, we are now asking David Cameron to call on world leaders at the G8 summit in May to turn the tide on water poverty.


Triathletes at the end of their sponsored race

Felix, Max and their friends were so inspired by the fact that £33 could provide a borehole and clean water to a village that they took the message to their schools and enrolled eight of their friends to take part in the sponsored bike ride, run and swim.

Their triathlon was so successful that they actually raised £270 and because of the Government’s UK Match Aid scheme this will result in a total donation to CAFOD of £540.

Thanks to Felix, Max and all of their friends for raising such a great amount and managing to have fun in the process.