Fishy fund-raiser at St Cuthbert's School
A Tweedmouth school hosted a fun, fish-themed fundraiser to help others across the world as part of the aid agency CAFOD's annual Lent campaign.
St Cuthbert’s RC First School had a number of activities for pupils, parents and parishioners to enjoy.
All proceeds from the event went to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal, which this year is focused on the story of a Zambian woman called Florence and the theme of turning little fish into big fish.
Headteacher Clare McGregor said: “CAFOD Lent fast day was certainly a big event this year. We were treated to a spot of fishing which certainly hooked the children into thinking about the importance of fish farming in other parts of the world.
“Staff had planned a range of activities to build on the learning,including writing prayers and important messages from the assembly. All children were invited to get a fishy face paint for 50p and we even had fish on the menu for lunch.
“Mini Vinnies also organised a cake sale with fishy designs for and it was a great day raising a big amount for CAFOD from a little school!”
CAFOD volunteer Barbara Simpson hosted an assembly for schoolchildren, parents and parishioners.
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She said: “This isn’t just about fund-raising because it is important to educate about global issues and justice.
“St Cuthbert’s have been great supporters of CAFOD and they have done an awful lot of fund-raising. All the children are aware and know what it stands for.”
The money will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line, meaning many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.
For more information about CAFOD’s Lent appeal, visit cafod.org.uk.