Each form group at All Saint’s School, Mansfield was given £10 in a golden envelope to invest with the aim of multiplying this money as much as they could and return a sizable profit to donate to CAFOD. The CAFOD Challenge, based on the biblical Parable of the Talents, is a reminder that God gives us gifts and skills that can be used for the good of others.
Students showed great initiative to come up with a variety of fundraising ideas including car washes, cake sales, raffles, football tournaments, an arm wrestling contest, selling raffle tickets to staff to give them the opportunity to win a helper for the day who would carry out any job the staff member required—and much, much more.
Chantelle & Rhianna said: “As a form we decided to make individual, personalised key rings/book pebbles from FIMO clay, with the aim of relating them to our form identity. It had a yellow base to represent the colour of our House Industria, which means hardworking. We included our own design as a decoration. As a result, we raised £65. “
At the end of the half term, the students’ entrepreneurial know-how had managed to raise over £3,200 from the initial investment of £500. This money will now enable families in Africa, Asia and Latin America to, in turn, use their own talents to improve their own lives.
Mrs Cobbett, Headteacher, said: “We’re really excited about being a part of this scheme; it has given the students a chance to use their imaginations and talents to really make a difference. They have learned to appreciate how people living in poverty, every day have to find clever ways to make the little money they earn, or food that they produce stretch to feed and take care of their families. This project has enable students to gain better knowledge of how poverty affects lives and has inspired them to take action against poverty.”