St. John Boste Primary School runs Miners Lamp Race for CAFOD

Helen Kelly, School Business Manager at St. John Boste Primary School in Washington, explains how an annual event was linked to the Year of Mercy to raise vital funds for CAFOD’s work

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Some of the runners coming down the home straight.

The Miners Lamp race started over 20 years ago when a teacher, Mr Wilkinson, who had previously been a miner donated the Original Miners Lamp.

The race is 800m and for all children in Years 4, 5 and 6. There is a winning boy and girl who each receive a medal. However the overall winner has their name engraved on the Miners Lamp. After the main event all the other children parents and carers are invited to fun run around the school course.

This year, to mark the Year of Mercy, we decided we would ask for donations for CAFOD. So not only did everyone thoroughly enjoy the races, we raised a fantastic £175, which will go towards CAFOD’s important work throughout the world.

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Brandon and Olivia receiving the miners’ lamp trophy.

A huge well done to Brandon and Olivia who were our winning boy and winning girl and thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise such a wonderful sum of money.

If you’d like to do something similar, you can find a wealth of fundraising ideas on CAFOD’s website. Have fun!

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