Cardiff pupils remember people living in poverty at Easter

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Pupils from Christ the King showing off their decorated bottles.

 Schools throughout the Dioceses have been doing lots of different things to raise money for the CAFOD Lent appeal. Shortly before Easter, pupils from Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Llanishen have been fundraising by collecting change in hand decorated bottles to raise funds for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

The pupils at at Christ the King were encouraged to decorate a water bottle and fill it with change throughout Lent to raise money for the Lent appeal. Throughout Lent, the pupils have collected money by giving up something, like sweets, for lent or doing something positive, like tidying their rooms.

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A pupil with his Easter Bonnet and decorated bottle

Their fundraising efforts throughout Lent culminated in the Easter Bonnets Parade where all the pupils from the school wore Easter bonnets which they made themselves. They also brought in their bottles which were filled up with change.

When I spoke to the pupils they said:

“I washed the dishes and cleaned my room; I helped my mum put the clothes away; I set the table and helped make dinner and I put a penny in the bottle every time I walked past.”

In additional to all pupils fundraising, the UK Government is matching CAFOD’s work for the third time meaning that the schools fundraising efforts will be doubled up until May 9.

Find out more about the Lent Appeal. 

Ms Keegan, R. E. Coordinator at the school said:

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The pupils got creative for Lent

“We had an assembly about the Lent Appeal and the pupils wrote Lentern promises on raindrops. Every pupil brought a water bottle so they could understand how water is readily available to them but it isn’t to other children across the world. They then decorated the bottles and took them home to collect change.”

The schools fundraising will enable over 300,000 people in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo to access clean water by repairing or providing water pumps. It will also fund training in order to maintain them; hygiene programmes, education in sanitation and the building of latrines.

CAFOD representative in South Wales, Kieran O’ Brian said:

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at Christ the King school for their generosity. I came to the school a few weeks ago and talked about Proscovia, a 14-year-old girl who lives in Uganda.

“After the water pump in her village broke, she was faced with having to leave school but after CAFOD’s partner fixed the water pump, she now dreams of becoming an engineering. The pupils really related to her story and wanted to help; I’d like to say thank you to the pupils for all their hard work.”

You can still donate to the Lent appeal for matched funding until May 9.

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