St Benedict’s School and parish join together to buy a community water source

Last Summer pupils from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Garforth raised over £750 for CAFOD. At the same time they helped to support their parish community to work towards their ‘live simply’ award by using the funds raised to buy a World Gift.

This fundraising idea came from the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) who bought water-filled bottles for the school children to drink and enjoy on sports day and, in return, the pupils were asked to bring them back to school after the holidays full of coins. They didn’t disappoint, and the total amount raised was a tremendous £761.49.

The school council then met up and decided which world gift they wanted to buy and of course it had to be a community water supply! Our picture shows Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers.

Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers, Katherine Simpson and Pat Atha

Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers, Katherine Simpson and Pat Atha

As a reminder of the continuing need our people living in communities without access to water, the school also has a large water bottle drum which is collecting coins all year round.  It just proves that a little loose change certainly adds up and can make a world of difference to a  community and change lives  forever.

The CAFOD display in the main hall

The CAFOD display in the main hall

Thank you to all the children, staff and parents involved in fundraising for CAFOD.

If you are looking for inspiration fundraising ideas for your school or parish please visit our World Gifts site.

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