St Matthew’s RC Primary School Raise Over £1500 for CAFOD’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

A Family Sheltering in the Philippines

Pupils, parents and staff at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School in Allerton, Bradford, raised over £1500 for CAFOD’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal through enterprising projects last month.

All of the children took part in the enterprise projects, making a variety of exciting goods to sell at the Christmas Fair. Some of the goods on sale were homemade reindeer food, decorated buns, Christmas decorations, angels and clay robins. Year 6 children also had a games stall with school fair favourites ‘Name the Bear’ and ‘Hook a Bag’.

The fair was extremely well attended and the school, which has a significant number of Filipino children, kindly donated the money raised to CAFOD.

The generosity continued at the nativity plays where a raffle was held after each performance. Staff also helped to make a difference by giving a donation to CAFOD instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

Headteacher Katy Cox said, “The whole community came together to support this appeal. It is heartening to know that even in these difficult times our families understand the importance of putting others first, and demonstrated this through their actions.

“We continue to pray for those who are in need and thank God for the kindness of those who gave so much.”

Thanks to the amazing response for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, CAFOD is delivering food, water and shelter to tens of thousands of people recovering from the typhoon in the Philippines.

Our church partners were able to start responding within hours of the typhoon’s impact and so far, they have:

  • Provided emergency food and shelter to tens of thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon.
  • Trucked more than one billion litres of drinking water to people who lost their water supplies.
  • Supplied tens of thousands of tarpaulins and shelter kits to people who have lost their homes.
  • Delivered hygiene kits, containing soap, toothbrushes, towels, buckets and water purification tablets, to more than 40,000 people, helping to prevent serious outbreaks of disease.
  • Organised “cash-for-work” programmes to clear debris, paying volunteers for the work so that they have money to cover their basic needs.

For more information on the work CAFOD and its partners are doing in the Philippines simply click on the image above.

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