Local pupils have raised over £100 to help overseas communities living in extreme poverty.
Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy has held a number of exciting events through school to Brighten Up the lives of others around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign.
On 5 October, every class in the school got involved in the campaign: making colourful mosaics, prayer spots and year two were even able to climb over the rainbow!
This year, due to poverty and injustice, Harvest will not be bright for millions of children and young people around the world who will miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.
But the support of schools in places like Leeds is helping to change this by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.
RE Lead at Holy Name, Philip Stewardson, said: “On CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, Holy Name concentrated on the theme of ‘Brighten up’. We had an introduction assembly that explained to the children the role of CAFOD and how even the small amounts can help – this was linked to sweets and games consoles.”
CAFOD’s representative in Leeds, Joanne Clark, said:
“Harvest is a time of abundance of both crops and of life in the community. This event has shown the abundance of compassion in Holy Name, whose kindness will help communities around the world.”
Children in Carlton gathered together to say thank you for their lives and lead fundraising for communities in need across the world.
Children displayed what they were thankful for at the mass
Parishioners young and old at St Mary’s Church raised money in a variety of ways before, during and after mass on Sunday October 15 for CAFOD.
Everybody was invited to bring something they are thankful for to the mass, with a particular emphasis on children. The items ranged from a tin of food to a scooter and were all displayed at mass.
A cake stall run by children from the parish was held after mass, raising an impressive £58.80. Many pupils from Holy Family High School helped out with the fundraising and a further £78.68 was raised by their ‘harvest produce’ stall.
Students from the school also brought along harvest boxes with tins and packets of food to be distributed to the local food bank and to pensioners in the area.
A Bradford primary school had fun wearing strikingly bright colours for a day to raise money for communities across the world.
Staff and pupils all wore bright colours for CAFOD
Staff and pupils at St Cuthbert’s and the First Martyrs’ School all paid a pound to wear exuberant outfits to raise money for CAFOD’s Brighten Up Harvest Fast Day appeal.
The school raised £216 for the appeal, which this year is focusing on helping communities like those in El Salvador, where farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on.
Many farmers in the South American country use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests.