Goes far and wide

Strathearn Herald - - INTERACT CLUB -

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

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