Local school children have walked half-a-mile – raising over £1400 for people 7,000 miles away.
The pupils from St. Aelred’s RC Primary School in York undertook a sponsored walk from school to St. Nicholas Fields. The young hikers raised £1,404.39 for the CAFOD Philippines appeal, following the devastating typhoon that hit the Southeast Asian country last year.
Helena Fowler-Towse, from St. Aelred’s, said: “When we got to the park, we lit candles and said prayers for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, remembering the terrible devastation.
“An amazing fundraising time was had by the whole school and our supporting community, from the Foundation Stage to Year 6, along with our teachers, parents and grandparents.”
Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest ever to make landfall – swept across the Philippines on Friday 8 November, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. Over 13 million people have had their lives torn apart. Power, transport and water systems have been severely disrupted.
CAFOD is providing those affected with food, shelter and safety, as well as blankets, clothes and other essentials. We are working with our extensive network of local partners in the country.
Helena spoke of the school’s gratitude: “We were surprised by the generosity of our community, in giving to the people who need it the most! We raised £1404.39. What a fantastic amount of money was contributed to this worthy cause!
“The people of the Philippines continue to be in our prayers.”
More information on CAFOD’s Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal can be found at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Typhoon-Haiyan-appeal