Pupils create ‘river of pennies’ to help the poor

Sacred Heart pupils by their 'river of pennies'
Sacred Heart pupils by their 'river of pennies'

CHILDREN from Sacred Heart School thought of a creative way to help people in the poorest parts of the world who do not have access to clean water.

The pupils brought in their pocket money and made a ‘river of pennies’ through the classrooms, donating the proceeds to Catholic aid agency, CAFOD’s Give it Up! campaign.

Their donation of £125 will be doubled by the Government, as this year CAFOD has been awarded UK Aid Match Funding.

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said: “CAFOD is working to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s most vulnerable and neglected people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease. It is potentially life-saving work, tackling cholera, helping girls attend school rather than having to fetch water and ensuring that children know about hygiene and water-borne diseases.

“By matching pound for pound all public donations, the Government will help CAFOD double its impact, ensuring tens of thousands more families have access to clean water and sanitation and are provided with everything from water purification kits and soap to training in how to fix a broken borehole.”

Sacred Heart is one of many schools across England and Wales taking part in Give it Up!

The initiative invites children to give up a treat, such as crisps or chocolate, and donate the money to CAFOD instead.