Catholic Schools raise £280,000 for the Philippines
3 February 2014
Children and young people in Catholic schools and youth groups have raised over £280,000 for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal so far.
The typhoon that hit the Philippines in November caused huge devastation, affecting more than 14 million people and leaving four million homeless. Since November there have been hundreds of fundraising activities run by children and young people. We have received stories of everything from sponsored activities, collections, cake sales to Christmas bazaar sales and novelty tie competitions, all to raise money to support people affected.
St Peter’s High School in Gloucester raised an incredible £2,200 through their 24 hour basketball event. The school has a significant Filipino population and a number of students wanted to make a difference. The event was a huge success, and involved a wide range of the local community including students, parents, teachers, the Gloucester Blazers Basketball Club their local MP, Richard Graham. The event was even mentioned in the Houses of Parliament.
The highly creative CAFOD group at St Bonaventure's High School, Forest Gate held a moustache day for the Philippines appeal, ‘Tache for cash’ raising an amazing £838.64.
Inspired by famous charity singles, pupils at St Mary’s Primary School, Barnard Castle, used their musical talents to raise money, writing and recording their own songs to sell to friends, family and they even had a promotion spot on the local radio.
Students at St Anne's High School, Enfield, raised an incredible £4,000 for the appeal, holding novelty tie contests, and selling cakes and crafts at their Christmas bazaar.
Thanks to the money raised we are helping reach people recovering, helping to provide emergency food, shelter and hygiene kits to thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, and in the longer term we will help people to construct more permanent homes and make a living once again.
A big thank you for your amazing support.