Students at St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford showcased a range of their musical talents to a packed out hall performing intricate musical numbers from Handel to The Beatles, and Mozart to James Blunt, all to support the work of CAFOD.
Organised by the Year 10 students, the spring concert is an annual event that brings the school community together and offers a chance for the students to exhibit their talents to a wider audience. The highly anticipated event lived up to expectations as it hosted many extraordinary acts and performances that truly showed the high calibre of student talent at St Mary’s.
As well as offering an impressive show, the event hosted a range of craft stalls, raffles and cake sales that all added to the success of the event, including a roasted hog for the half time break! Those who attended were delighted with the range of stalls that all went to help raise money for CAFOD and offered a way for many more students to be involved with the fundraising, not just those performing.
CAFOD manager Kieran O’Brien who attended the evening’s proceedings said “I am absolutely delighted with the energy, enthusiasm and compassion the students have towards doing everything they can to support our vital life-saving work. Throughout the last few weeks the students have been thinking of a range of different fundraising activities in their school, including sponsored silences and coming to school in their onesies pyjamas!”
“The quality and standard of the music was absolutely outstanding. The school hosts an incredible cohort of talented students who had obviously been working extremely hard and had a obvious love for performing.”
The school had previously been visited by CAFOD manager Kieran O’Brien who gave an input to the students about how Mohammed, a 14 year old boy who lives in Sierra Leone has had his life transformed with the help of CAFOD. 14 year old Lois Jones said:
“CAFOD is a very worthwhile charity which supports those who are less fortunate than us. And to be honest we take it for granted that we are lucky, and we should try to help people who are less fortunate than us.”
The evening was a part of the school’s wider Lenten fundraising efforts that have been happening throughout the school throughout this half term. St Mary’s have raised over £2,500 for CAFOD so far with various events such as sponsored silences, onesie days and raffle competitions, all initiated and led by students. CAFOD have been encouraging people to Dig Deep for Lent this year, and the efforts made by students at St Mary’s are shining examples of how young people are enthusiastic for social justice all around the world. By Digging Deep this Lent, the students are making a difference to the some of the world’s most vulnerable people.