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School's fund-raising for Uganda tops £19,500 in a term 17 January 2007

ST Ninian's High School students are fund-raising with a frenzy to raise money for their £30,000 Mad4Ciu appeal.

The students are collecting cash towards the construction of a school in Kiwumu in Uganda, which will accommodate 300 pupils.

A spokesman for the students said:

'We have had a very special term, with fund raising going really well and the total raised so far is an amazing £19,500.

'The main initiative for the first term was to start 10 month standing orders and which are raising £1,100 a month, the total of which has been calculated in the £19,000 even though the money is coming in monthly.

'The whole school have also had a Glad Rags Day, which raised £1,100. Four wooden animals positioned around the school have collected £350. There have been some very generous donations from individuals and corporations, which total nearly £2,000. The Stone family have made a series of special contributions, which total nearly £1000. Rachel in Year 13 did a parachute jump from 10,000 feet and raised over £500 while Dr and Mrs Stone organised a raffle, which raised a further £200.

'Lower school held a mhelliah and two discos, which raised nearly £600, while individuals have run a church stall, done odd jobs and worn fancy dress to contribute a similar sum. Josh Daltimore organized a family sponsored cycle ride and raised nearly £230 and Pia Galante also raised a similar sum.

'Individual tutor groups have collected money weekly, run a Christmas postal service, sold candy sticks and cakes. In Upper School a Halloween Party brought in £600, the Kiwumu Garden project has started and contributed £60 although eventually we are hoping it will improve the school environment as well as make a contribution to fundraising. Some tutor groups have had a Christmas meal and used it to raise money while other tutor groups are collecting money weekly, one is raising money through donations for builders and building materials for the new school and another used the same idea to sell gifts for Christmas.

'The staff Christmas meal raised £50 from the sale of glow sticks and the end of term extravaganza, organised by the sixth form, raised over £100.

'Staff Christmas cards raised £140 while Mrs Legg’s chocolate eclairs raised £161 and the Jakemans' curry night raised £225 and the Year Nine and staff hampers raised over £600.

'Every week there has been an act of generosity which has helped to keep the momentum of the whole project. One boy from lower school donated money instead of getting Christmas presents, while Kyle Withington from Ramsey donated a large part of his winnings from successfully competing in the Guild.'

The update went on:

'The final effort of the term involved a collection outside Tescos on December 22nd which raised a further £300. Alesandros continue to make a 5% contribution to the charity when any person connected with the school eats in the restaurant and who presents a discount card.

'Bracelets made in the Masai Mara have been on sale all term as charity bracelets and they will continue to be sold during this term at most of the main fund raising events to take place .

'Miss Crawford has adapted the idea of “fast4africa” and every student is invited to pay £2 to eat an African school-type meal on Friday 26th January. This is voluntary and normal meals will be served - which is a choice not open to children in Africa.'

Other events:

February 2nd - Cheese and Wine Tasting at the Sefton Hotel, 7.30pm. This is supported by The Vineyard, Sefton Hotel, IoM Creameries and Shoprite. There will be a huge selection of wines and cheeses to sample and tickets are on sale in Lower School Office priced £10. Numbers are limited.

February 15th - Live4Ciu Concert at the Villa Marina, 7.30pm. A Valentine's Special so come and Share Your Love with Children in Uganda. This is a live band/concert night featuring mainly young bands and soloists from across the Island - but mainly from our school. Tickets are priced at just £5 because we want the Villa buzzing!

March 21st - Extravaganza live in the Villa Marina, 7.30pm. This is a Variety Show offering top-quality entertainment for all the family and food will be available. We are offering tables for 10 people (including food) at £150 or individual seats at only £8 with food available.

School contact:

jennifer.ogden@student.sch.im

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