St Albans High School in Pontypool put in a huge effort to come up with creative ways to raise money for CAFOD Syria and Philippines emergency appeals. The money was raised in a variety of ways including crazy hair days, non-uniform days, moustache days, sponsored silences and stalls selling sweets, cakes and chocolate.
The group of year 7 pupils, who took the lead in organising the fundraising events, were motivated by what they had heard on the news about the two disasters and learned about at school.
Marley, a year 7 pupil said: “If it happened to us then I think they would support us as well but at the moment they need the money more than we do. I think it is nice that people put the effort in.”
CAFOD’s manager for South Wales Kieran O’Brien visited the school to thank them for all their hard work and support and to present an assembly explaining where their money will go and the difference it will make to people’s lives.
Kieran said, “I am personally humbled by the generosity and compassion of the teachers and students at St Alban’s who have worked so hard to raise this huge sum to respond to these two terrible disasters. Already in the Philippines we have been working with our partners to reach over 800,000 people delivering essential services like food, shelter, water and hygiene. CAFOD’s local Church partners have reached thousands of families in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, providing food packs, emergency shelter, healthcare, blankets, warm clothes and emergency supplies.”