Students’ fundraising efforts have reached top gear as they prepare for a trip to Africa in the summer to provide facilities for under-privileged children.
A group of Calder High School sixth formers will be going to Uganda with the East African Playgrounds charity and need to raise a total of £22,800 to enable the trip to go-ahead.
Student Rosie Mansouri said: “We will be going out there for two weeks and will be building a playground for a local school.
“We will be building in the mornings and running art and play sessions with the children in the afternoons.
“It’s all very exciting.
“It will be a big eye-opening experience.”
The students have also linked in with the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire festival for one of their fundraising activities.
They are making little yellow bikes which are being sold as souvenirs for people visiting the area.
Headteacher at the Mytholmroyd-based school Anthony Guise said the students have received great support from the school’s technology department and also Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre, where the bikes are on sale. They are selling so fast that we have not been able to keep with with the demand,” he said.
“Staff are sending little yellow bikes everywhere.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the students.
“They have raised a significant sum of money and they have done it themselves.
“Later this year they will get the opportunity to see the benefit of their hard work impact on the lives of children in a far more difficult situation than they will ever be in.
“By working with East African Playgrounds, the students will gain responsibility and leadership skills and have an opportunity to do something really life-changing.”
Mr Guise is appealing for any local businesses who have a laser cutter to get in touch.
“We would very much appreciate their help,” he said.
“At the moment we can’t get the bikes out soon enough.
“The faster we can make them, the more we can raise for schools in Africa.”
The bikes are on sale at the school, Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre and Sweet and Maxwell, Mytholmroyd.
The students have raised £18,000 so far through various events including a bag pack at Tesco in Sowerby Bridge, providing refreshments and raffles at school events, craft stalls at school shows/Christmas fairs, Calder’s Got Talent, baking and doughnut sales and a quiz in Mytholmroyd, along with students’ individual fundraising contributions.
To help further towards the target, Rosie will be completing a skydive in Lincoln on Sunday.
To sponsor her, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoseannaM.
On Friday, March 21, the students will host a big quiz and bingo at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club. It starts at 8pm and entry is £2 per person. Students will be carrying out a street collection in Leeds city centre on Saturday, March 22.
On Sunday, March 30, there will be a car boot sale at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. All proceeds of sales will go to the Uganda Project.
A charity car wash will be held at Sweet and Maxwell, Mytholmroyd, on Thursday April 3.
And the students have organised a sponsored walk around Hardcastle Crags on Saturday, April 19. Entry is £5 per person
For more information about the events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation, visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/calderhighuganda2014.