Christmas decorations help to bring festive cheer to communities around the world

20 December 2019

Year 6 pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bodmin, decided to design and sell their own Christmas decorations.

Year 6 pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bodmin, decided to design and sell their own Christmas decorations. 

This Advent, a dedicated group of Cornwall pupils decided to give up their lunchtimes to create charity Christmas decorations to fundraise for CAFOD World Gifts.

A bright idea to bring festive cheer 

Year 6 pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bodmin, decided to design and sell their own Christmas decorations in the hope of fundraising for presents from our World Gifts scheme – a range of virtual gifts that supports families around the world.  

There's still time to purchase a World Gift for Christmas

Year 6 teacher, Mr Holmes, said: “At first, their target was to raise £100 to buy CAFOD World Gifts, but they were amazed at their success and had to have a second sale the next day."

For three weeks, the pupils gave up their lunchtimes to paint the decorations made from wooden discs cut by one of the parents.

They sold them in the playground after school and after mass at St Mary’s Church. 

Learn more about how you can transform lives with World Gifts

Mr Holmes continued: “Father Ciaran, our parish priest at St Mary’s Church, invited the children to speak about their fundraising project at Sunday’s Advent Mass. Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners, the final total grew to a magnificent £570.41.”

Gifts that transform lives

After exceeding their fundraising goal, the pupils needed to decide what gifts to purchase. 

“Back at school, the pupils held a class discussion about how they were going to spend the money and they decided on some fantastic gifts from the CAFOD catalogue that will really make a difference," said Mr Holmes. 

The pupils decided to purchase:

  • Period packs
  • Water for a Family
  • Help for a refugee child
  • Terrific toilets
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Mosquito nets
  • Water pumps
  • Home for life.

Find our whole World Gift catalogue online

CAFOD representative in Bodmin Simon Giarchi said:

“Christmas is so often seen as a time of giving – and it is amazing that pupils at St Mary’s were able to give something back and provide families with meaningful gifts that will help transform their lives.”

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