Charleston Academy recently raised a superb total of £859 for the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals. This charity now feeds over one million children in a school setting every day. The simple basis; a meal is provided in school (from the locally grown crop) drawing starving children into much needed education every day in countries such as Liberia, Malawi, Haiti and India. As little as around £12 pays for a child to be fed in school for an entire year.
Delicious cakes were baked and sold last term by a dedicated team of fundraisers, mainly seniors but some super bakers from S1 contributed too. Class teachers kindly agreed to having ‘wee boxes’ in their classrooms for donations. Sponsors were also sought as two enthusiastic seniors and a teacher cycled along the canal.
The vision of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary’s Meals, is that there should be no child suffering hunger when there is enough food in the world for us all. This idea was taken on board when many S1 pledged to forgo one of their Easter eggs, choosing instead to donate to ‘Phil the Bear’ in RMPS. In just a few weeks the fundraising team achieved this great total and raised some awareness too of a charity with an idea that really works.
Ms Kathleen Marshall, English Department
Charity at Charleston Academy
Charleston Academy supports many fundraising initiatives throughout the year. As well as fundraising for our own school fund to pay for all of extra / wider curricular initiatives, our mini-bus, and to subsidise some of our trips and visits, we are also ardent supporters of many charities.
In 2014, our Charleston Academy and its community raised well in excess of £8000 for charity through various events and we are well on our way to surpass that this year.
Also in September we will have the official launch of our Youth Philanthropy Initiative undertaken by our young people in S3 RMPS. This programme will see £3000 donated to a charity chosen and studied by pupils in S3 RMPS.
Additionally, we support Mary’s Meals, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Sport Relief, MacMillan Cancer, Movember, and of course the annual British Legion Poppy Appeal.
We also raise significant sums for our partnership with Lotsane Senior Secondary School and the hospitals, nurseries and orphanages in the town of Palapye in Botswana that we visit every two years. .
Other charities are supported from time to time, but we must limit the overall amount of fundraising we do in order not to diminish and spread too thinly the goodwill of everyone in our community. From time to time pupils undertake fundraising on their own which we support and publicise. We also commit to supporting any pupils selected for the Project Trust or similar initiatives. Unfortunately this means requests to support additional charities to those we already support may have to be turned down.