On Friday October 7, pupils at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Horsham, held a non-school uniform day, wearing their brightest clothes to support development agency CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign.
Headteacher at St John’s, Ms Bono, said: “As a school we have been thinking, during Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, about the importance of the ‘Corporal Works of Mercy’. Over Harvest time the children have been considering how vital it is to feed the hungry. They are passionate about helping others and living out our mission statement - ‘Learn to Love and Love to Learn.’ They raised a total of £135.17 for CAFOD by dressing up in bright clothes and hope that this will buy many more seeds for the hungry in places like Bolivia.”
This Harvest, CAFOD is working with communities in the South American country of Bolivia, where in the Altiplano region, nearly 60% of the rural population are living below the poverty line. Unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms are destroying the crops which the communities rely on.
The charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them grow enough crops to feed their families. St John’s fundraising will enable CAFOD’s partners to continue working with communities like those in Bolivia.
CAFOD’s representative in Horsham, Martin Brown, said: “Harvest fundraising days are a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at St John’s for their generosity.”
Donate to the Harvest Appeal at http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Hands-On/Hands-On-Altiplano
Contributed by CAFOD
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