Last Thursday, schools up and down the country came together to celebrate World Book Day. Many pupils dressed up, parents shared books with their children and children everywhere were given book tokens. One school in Coventry decided to hold a fundraising event to raise funds for CAFOD during the Year of Mercy.
On March 3, St Mary’s and St Benedict’s Primary School in Coventry held many events in aid of World Book Day including Year 6 pupils reading to the Reception class and the sponsored read to raise money for charity.
CAFOD is one of the charities that the school will be supporting throughout the year and their fundraising efforts will help to provide clean and safe water across the world. So far, their sponsored read has raised £688!
Mrs MacDonald, headteacher at the school said:
“This year, the School council have picked the charities, one of them is CAFOD. On World Book Day the pupils did a sponsored read which is part of a series of events over the year. The money will be counted at the end of the year and divided between the charities.”
The schools fundraising will help children all over the world access clean and safe water in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Furthermore, all funds raised during Lent will doubled by match funding.
CAFOD’s representative in Coventry, Elizabeth Wignall said:
“I like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at St Mary’s and St Benedict’s for their generosity and support. By raising funds it ensures that children across the world have better access to water meaning they are more likely to remain in school. I’m delighted that the UK Government is matching CAFOD’s work for the third time, this proves how important these initiatives are for people all over the world.
“Lent is a time when we look to make a transformation in our own lives. In making this transformation, we aim to see one in the world around us. We therefore put our faith into action by ensuring as many people as possible have access to the basic right of safe and clean drinking water.”