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She continued: “UNICEF’s priority is to reach the most vulnerable children, including the youngest, poorest and those living in besieged or hard-toreach areas. UNICEF tries to reach ‘invisible’ refugee children, who are taking dangerous, illegal routes and facing heightened risks of abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Since the surge of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe in 2015, UNICEF have reached more than 100,000 children in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. Of these, 81,000 children received services through the network of Unicefsupported child-friendly spaces. Every day, more children are making the dangerous journey across Europe.
“Throughout the year we held various fundraising events for our charities, organised and coordinated completely by ourselves. We held a coffee morning at a staff in-service day at the school which was a massive success and we had a stall at the local winter fayre in the square in Crieff.
“By far our biggest event was the ‘refugee walk’ which we held during the last few months of Interact. This was in recognition of UNICEF and to raise awareness.
“We aimed to walk the distance that a refugee might travel from Syria to Munich, Germany - a total of 3,356km collectively as a cluster.
“We held separate events for each of the primary schools and a large high school event which we managed to complete our distance with. Braco, Madderty, Muthill, St Dominic’s and Crieff primaries all participated to help us push over our mileage.”
And Interact was given a boost when it received a motivational tweet from UNICEF ambassador Ewan McGregor. The actor wished the team good luck for the walk. Cara said: “And after completion we received congratulations from him as well as recognition from UNICEF UK.”
Ewan’s parents Jim and Carol McGregor met with the group to accept cheques totalling £1262 for the three charities.
“CHAS, which the McGregors also support, and BSSA each received £300 and UNICEF recieved £300 towards its Christmas blanket appeal and £362 for the refugee campaign.
Crieff High’s Interact club members for 2017 consisted of chairperson Eilidh Couser, vice chair Rachel Aschaber, secretary Cara MacGregor, vice secretary Eve Dewhurst, Hattie Colwell, Sophie Couser, Anna Dewhurst, Euan Ferguson, Caitlin Gow, Lauren Horseburgh, Ashleigh McDougall, Ashleigh McLaughlin and James Scarborough.
Cara added: “We were overseen throughout the year by Linda Birrell, who is the acting deputy head in the school.
“She brought the idea of starting the group to us and then supported and encouraged us throughout the year.”
Helping out Crieff Primary pupils lend a hand with fundraising activities