English Martyrs RC Primary School are looking forward to Lent in the hopes of equalling, if not bettering the huge sum raised by the school in Lent 2009. Last year, the school, based in the Holgate area of York, raised the amazing sum of £2224.72, earning them a personal letter of thanks from Chris Bain. This year Headmaster, Derek Sutherland, is confident that the school can do even better.
CAFOD Schools Volunteer, Anni Johnson writes:
“We have a mix of events, including home clothes days, cake sales, fast days, activities such as covering a map with coins and sponsored tasks which are always enjoyed by our children and supported by our parents. Our children are very aware of the problems in the developing world and are keen to do their bit to help.”
In addition the Lenten fund-raising, the school always holds a Harvest collection for CAFOD which, in 2009, reached a generous £204.52.
Prior to Lent, English Martyrs have been fund-raising for the DEC/ Haitian appeal and have already raised over £250 with a further event to go – a home clothes day on the last day of term with the children asked to come in blue and red, the colours of the Haitian flag.
The events so far for the school in Lent are:
Fri 26th February – fasting & abstinence (money from snacks to be donated)
Tuesday 2nd March – covering map of Haiti with 10p coins.
Wed 3 March – after school 2nd hand book sale