Enterprising pupils from Court Fields School are putting pleasure and summer recreation to one side in order to raise money from their trip to Madagascar which aims to make a huge difference to the lives of local people. Each of the 8 pupils involved in the excursion next summer has to raise £3,750 to pay for travel and equipment such as boots and backpacks so Bronwyn Cheshire, Chris Coupe and Aaron Fuller are out on the streets of Wellington with buckets and sponges ready to take on car washing, cleaning, sweeping and other wet and dirty jobs in return for donations to their funds. “The others are doing other things to raise money,” Bronwyn said, “but we live relatively close to one another so we thought this would be an idea.”
The Year 10 pupils have been involved in fund-raising since last year and have raised £7,000 as a group so far. “Aaron said, “ We’ve done cake sales, a BBQ at Proms in the Park and bag-packing at Asda recently but as we go into Year 11 we won’t be able to do quite as much as we’ll need to concentrate on exams. That’s why we’re using the holiday to raise money.”
The 8 pupils will spend 2 weeks and 2 days in Madagascar next year helping with a village water supply project and then working on conservation.
Court Fields School has been engaged in projects in Madagascar for 5 years and so far has raised more than £5,000. The money has paid for water to be supplied to 3 villages of more than 500 people. Now the target is to raise £10,000 to pay for a school. In April the school’s Madagascar Week involved competitions, a sponsored walk to Wellington Monument with bricks and planks – which children in Madagascar use instead of desks – and a ‘Madagascar’s Got Talent’ show. The week’s events raised more that £1,600.
For Bronwyn, Chris and Aaron, the immediate aim is to make themselves useful in return for donations to their fund so, if they knock on your door, give them a job!