St Stephen’s school in Longbenton are celebrating success from their ‘fruit to suit snack shack’ fundraising event, organised by school group ‘Mini-Vinnies’ in a bid to raise vital funds for CAFOD’s ‘Make a Splash’ Lenten appeal. The shack, that has offered healthy alternative snacks to pupils since September 2015, was taken over by the ‘Mini-Vinnies’ group after they learnt about Uganda and the water shortage in a CAFOD video shown during their weekly school liturgy.
The group, with the permission of the School Council, then invited parents to attend class Mass on a Friday morning with the chance for staff, parents and pupils to visit the snack shack to try some of the soup made by Bernie’s Café and bread rolls which had been kindly provided by Greggs in aid of the appeal.
A spokesperson from the school said “The pupils realised that having access to clean water helped and impacted on hygiene, sanitation and the children’s education as they could collect water more quickly than before. We were also all really impressed to learn that for every £1 we raise for the appeal, the Government will match through UK Aid donations.”
One in four people in Uganda don’t have access to safe water and the burden of collecting it often falls on girls who often have to drop out of school. Donations from CAFOD’s Lenten Appeal will fund education in sanitation and the building of latrines.
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