Catholic school pupils in Wokingham and Bracknell raise more than £50,000 in two yearsBy Julie Spencer
January 07, 2013
Children at Catholic schools in Wokingham and Bracknell have raised more than £55,000 in 10 years to help people in need in developing countries.
Fundraising for Catholic aid agency CAFOD took place at St Teresa’s Primary in Wokingham, Our Lady’s Preparatory School in Crowthorne, St Margaret Clitherow and St Joseph Primary in Bracknell, St Francis of Assisi Primary, the Marist schools and St Mary’s in Ascot.
The figures were released from the CAFOD office for Portsmouth Diocese as part of its 50th anniversary.
Hugh Gibbons, CAFOD schools education volunteer, said: “This shows the remarkable generosity and commitment of schoolchildren, parents and staff taking part in many fundraising activities for CAFOD as well as other charities.
“What’s also impressive is the support that schools have given over the years to the campaigns for social justice run by CAFOD and other organisations. This year, more than 60,000 postcards and other messages went to the Government in the Thirst for Change campaign.
“The new campaign called Hungry for Change is directed at the G8 Summit meeting in the UK in June, and many schools will be adding their voices.”
Between February and May last year £9.4m was donated to CAFOD’s Lent appeal for safe sanitation in the developing world. The total reached £18m after the Government matched the fundraising.