The bright colours of carnival lit up the classrooms of St Francis Primary School on Shrove Tuesday as the pupils got going having fund raising fun for aid agency CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day. Pupils and staff recycled waste materials into headdresses and paid to dress in carnival clothes before taking part in fundraising activities organised by the different classes.
They also managed to fit pancake eating, salsa dancing and an assembly delivered by CAFOD’s Diocesan Manager, Marie Molloy into their action packed day. Their vibrant eco-carnival event raised a magnificent £400 for CAFOD. During the assembly the children heard about the Tarrafa Project in Recife, Brazil which CAFOD supports. The project runs lots of activities for children and young people in the poorest areas of the city to offer an alternative to a life of crime and violence. The aim of the project is to help both children and young people in Recife to gain a sense of identity and citizenship, to learn about their rights, to feel that that they are valued and that they have an important part to play in their community.
Marie Molloy, said “It was great to see the whole school community having fun whilst working together to raise vital funds for our work. The children enjoyed hearing about the lives of some of the young people in Brazil and asked many thoughtful questions about how the money they raised might be spent. “People in Nottingham Diocese have always been generous, giving a fantastic £53,311 to the Harvest Fast Day appeal.
“CAFOD is so grateful for the enthusiasm and effort of the schools, parishes and individuals that are continuing to raise money, especially at a time when people may have money worries of their own. Their care and support for those for whom this global recession is literally a matter of life or death will ensure that our work with the poorest of the poor in the developing world can continue.”