Schoolchildren from a local Widnes school have transformed honey into money this Lent by holding a spelling bee competition to raise funds for the international development charity CAFOD.
Year six classes from St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, Widnes, created a buzz within school when they were sponsored to take part in the spelling bee in preparation for their upcoming SATs tests.
Pupils from St Gerard’s were tasked with spelling a number of challenging words, including: accommodate, mischievous, and parliament, in line with the National Curriculum spelling list.
The whole school supports CAFOD in different ways and, this year, children from year three classes completed a sponsored bleep test.
One eleven-year-old winner of the spelling bee said: “I am very that I won the Spelling Bee because I know we raised a lot of money for charity.”
This year, donations from the children at St Gerard’s and all others to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May, up to £5 million – meaning every donation will make double the difference.
Mr McCabe, a year six teacher at the school, said: “We work closely with CAFOD; they frequently visit our school to share the fantastic work that they do delivering aid to alleviate poverty in less-developed countries and to educate our children on the significance of helping others who are less fortunate.
“Our children understand the importance of charity and we will continue to raise money and support CAFOD in the future!”
CAFOD’s local representative in Widnes, Colette Byrne, added: “We are so grateful to the staff and children at St Gerard’s for their ongoing support! This is a F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C achievement for all of the children who took part!
“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by schools like St Gerard’s to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.”
This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.