Fishy fund-raiser planned for school's Lent campaign

A Tweedmouth school is hosting a fish-themed fund-raiser to help others as part of the aid agency CAFOD's annual Lent campaign.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 10:26
Aid agency CAFOD is campaigning to tackle poverty in Zambia.

St Cuthbert’s RC First School will have a number of activities for pupils, parents and parishioners to enjoy on Friday.

All proceeds from the event will go 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: “The children have been asked to bring in a coin in so they can decorate a big cut-out fish and they can also bring in 50 pence and get a fish painted on their face.

“The children are going to write prayers on fish cut-outs for Florence and the early years will decorate the giant fish. It promises to be a great event with lots going on.”

CAFOD volunteer Barbara Simpson is hosting an assembly during the morning for schoolchildren, parents and parishioners.

She said: “This isn’t just about fund-raising because it is important to educate about global issues and justice.

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“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.

“Before Christmas the school raised enough money to buy three donkeys as part of CAFOD’s World Gifts campaign and that was fantastic.”

The money raised by St Cuthbert’s will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in Zambia. 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.