Students at St Ignatius College in Enfield have broken records by raising £12,000 for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) over the course of just one term, making them CAFOD’s top fundraising school for 2007.
The pupils of the boys’ school, aged between 11 and 18, threw themselves into fundraising for CAFOD after hearing about how CAFOD’s partners are providing education, healthcare and supporting human rights in Brazil. They were also spurred on by a little healthy competition as the form groups in the school tried to outdo each others’ fundraising efforts. The winning form, 7S comprising thirty 11 and 12 year-old pupils, raised over £700 during the four months of Autumn term.
The students organised a variety of enjoyable fundraising activities such as a non-uniform day, a beat the teacher at penalty kicks tournament, a sponsored silence, a raffle of a signed football shirt, and a breaktime film-showing.
'Be Men for Others'
Headteacher Mr. Paul Adams who, after working there for over twenty years, retired from the school just before Christmas, said, ‘'I can think of no better way to finish my time at St Ignatius than by handing over this cheque to help CAFOD's wonderful work. Our students have an ideal to “Be Men for Others' they have certainly responded to this call by thinking of their brothers and sisters who live in challenging situations in the developing world.'
16 communities get clean water now
Tony Sheen, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Westminster and former pupil of St Ignatius College said, “CAFOD would be able to do nothing without the generous fundraising done by schools and parish communities all over the Diocese of Westminster. I have been amazed by the enthusiasm the pupils of St Ignatius College have shown for supporting CAFOD. Their £12,000 will be a great help in our work fighting poverty overseas. For instance, it is enough to provide 16 poor communities in Peru with clean water.”