St Albans and Harpenden communities unite for Haiti

PUBLISHED: 06:55 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 06 May 2010

Pupils from Windermere Primary School held a cake sale for Haiti

Pupils from Windermere Primary School held a cake sale for Haiti

FUNDS are still flooding in for the Haiti earthquake appeal thanks to the generosity of St Albans district residents. Pupils at St Albans School showcased some eccentric headgear as part of their sponsored Hats for Haiti campaign and some children chose

FUNDS are still flooding in for the Haiti earthquake appeal thanks to the generosity of St Albans district residents.

Pupils at St Albans School showcased some eccentric headgear as part of their sponsored Hats for Haiti campaign and some children chose to spend only £1.50 on their lunch, the same amount that most Haitians have to survive on per day.

Along with a cake sale organised by some of the junior school children, Skyswood Primary School launched A Helping Hand for Haiti, asking each pupil to add their handprint to large map of Haiti in return for a small donation.

Skyswood Junior school teacher Caroline Stevens, who helped organise the cake sale, said that she was proud of the children: "The contributions for the cake sale were fantastic and everybody had made such a genuine effort. We have raised around £250 pounds as a result of their initiatives."

Healthy School status was put to one side at Nicholas Breakspear Secondary School when hungry pupils clubbed together to buy 800 doughnuts from the school canteen and the sixth formers put on a fundraising hot chocolate and marshmallow stall.

Deputy Head Girl at the school Karene Horner-Hughs said that they were hoping to raise £3,000 for Haiti and added: "It really has been a tremendous effort with everyone really pulling together and lots of form groups across the school finding really creative ways to raise money for the appeal."

Sweet-toothed pupils at Windermere Primary School in St Albans also enjoyed a day of indulging in cakes and biscuits after a group of Year Five and Six pupils baked their own cakes and sold them at school.

Pupils at Heathlands School for Deaf Children in St Albans have all been writing letters to urge people to donate to the appeal. Eleven-year-old Amy Mace wrote that she felt sorry for, "miserable children who still hope to find their mummy and daddy" and Rebekah Afari, aged 10, said that she felt "shocked and saddened" when the news of the earthquake broke.

Year Two pupils at Maple Primary School in St Albans are also keen to do their bit for Haiti and are encouraging everyone to come along to their fundraising Bring and Buy sale.

The St Albans Striders running club completed their annual 10 mile race - The Fred Hughes 10 - around St Albans a couple of weekends ago and donated £400 of the entry fees to St Columba's College in St Albans at a ceremony at the school.

St Columba's, which has raised nearly £1,500 in total, has received an urgent request for help from their Brothers' school in Haiti after it was partly demolished by last month's earthquake. Over £1,500 raised across the college will be sent directly to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Haiti to assist them in rebuilding the school.

The Muslims Mums Group, a group of local mothers from St Albans who regularly organise fundraising events, organised a Curry & Auction Night for Oaklands staff, family and friends in aid of Haiti. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal by Islamic Relief, which is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

St Albans Sub Aqua Club (SASAC) went festive with its fundraising by putting on a Panto Night at their club house in Cottonmill Lane. All the money raised from tickets will go towards the appeal.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a volunteer movement which has national and international offices based in Harpenden, has been in Haiti for 20 years working on local community development and in the wake of the earthquake two YWAM staff members will be flying to Haiti this week to help.


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