Big-hearted back­ing from EK pupils gives African kids a meal at school

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Pirie

Our young peo­ple felt pas­sion­ate about rais­ing money...

They are class acts at St An­drew’s and St Bride’s High.

For the school’s learn­ing com­mu­nity smashed their fundrais­ing ef­forts for a school in Africa with the help of the Mary’s Meals char­ity.

Their tire­less ef­forts gen­er­ated a huge £6211 in only six months – eas­ily pass­ing their tar­get of £4000.

Through­out the aca­demic year, the school com­mu­nity worked with Mary’s Meals to raise money to sup­port the pupils at Damu Pri­mary School in Malawi.

From their ‘Wear it Blue for Damu’ day and dress­ing up for a photo booth to giv­ing ‘gifts of love’ for Christ­mas and an ad­vent chal­lenge where reg­is­tra­tion classes raised enough money to feed 100 chil­dren for a year, there have been a num­ber of cre­ative fundrais­ing ideas.

St An­drew’s and St Bride’s drama teacher Dawn Maxwell praised the pupils for their hard work.

“Our young peo­ple felt pas­sion­ate about rais­ing money to pro­vide other young peo­ple with one meal ev­ery day in their place of ed­u­ca­tion which is some­thing we of­ten take for granted,” she said.

“I feel priv­i­leged to be part of the work­ing group who launched our fundrais­ing and proud of the ded­i­ca­tion of our young peo­ple who em­braced ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to help meet our tar­get.”

Head teacher Fiona Mullen was equally de­lighted and said: “This is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment and tes­ta­ment to the gen­eros­ity of our staff and stu­dents through­out our learn­ing com­mu­nity. The en­ergy and drive be­hind this has been in­cred­i­ble.

“These lit­tle acts of love have amounted to great things and we pray now that we can con­tinue to guar­an­tee the chil­dren in Damu a daily meal in their place of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Not only have the chil­dren of Damu Pri­mary School been pro­vided with a vi­tal meal ev­ery day in their place of ed­u­ca­tion, they have given them a chance of a bet­ter fu­ture – some­thing ev­ery child de­serves, re­gard­less of their place of birth.

“We con­tinue to pray that our ini­tial suc­cess will con­tinue for years to come and look for­ward to build­ing links with the pupils in Damu al­low­ing our chil­dren to learn about their cul­ture and to share hopes and dreams for the fu­ture.”

Top of the classSt An­drew’s and St Bride’s High School raised over £6000 for school in Malawi with the help of Mary’s Meals

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