CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world they bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. They work with people of all faiths.
Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world. St Richard’s is proud to support CAFOD in their work around the world.
Throughout the year we fundraise for CAFOD but our big fundraiser is during Lent. We hold a joint sponsored walk and Foodbank Collection from St Richard’s, up Galley Hill and down the seafront and back to St Mary Magdalene’s Church. Pupils collect sponsorship for the Walk and these funds go to CAFOD and we also collect food for the Bexhill Foodbank. In this way we are providing for those in need at home and those in need abroad.
This year, a record number of pupils took part and it has certainly become a St Richard’s tradition. Following our Walk we received this wonderful email from our CAFOD representative…
“CAFOD would like to thank the students, staff and parents for their generosity in raising £871.13 to help reduce and bring about sustainable change in some of the poorest parts of the world, and provide the essential gift of water for people in parts of Africa. Thank you for your support and prayers. To find out more about CAFOD’s work go to cafod.org.uk.”
The Fairtrade vision is of ‘a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential’.
At St Richard’s, we raise our pupils’ awareness to the importance of the FAIRTRADE Mark and of fair trading through the curriculum in a variety of subjects such as Humanities, RE, English and PSHEe. We also sell some Fairtrade products (chocolate, tea, coffee, sugar etc) regularly during the year. We support the Fairtrade Foundation during the various events of Fairtrade fortnight.
2016/7 – Fairtrade Team
Term 1 saw the launch of our new Fairtrade group – Fairtrade Champions. This new group is led by Dr Littlejohns and the Lay Chaplain. The group is open to all pupils and they are visible around school by wearing a Fairtrade Champions badge. In wearing this they are promising to promote the ideals of Fairtrade in our school. In December 2016, we were delighted to receive our Fair Achiever School Award from Fairtrade Schools.
Events this year during Fairtrade Fortnight include: a Fairtrade craft stall, Big Brew coffee mornings, Fairtrade tuck stall and Fairtrade Easter Egg raffle.
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 linked with a local Rotary Club branch, who join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding.
St Richard’s Interact club is run by Mr Holloway, assisted by the Lay Chaplain, Jo. We are fortunate to have the sponsorship and support of Bexhill Rotary Club and our link there is Mr Peter Mitchell-Davis PHF. You can find more details on Bexhill Rotary Club here: www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=696
Each year we organise a number of events. This year we have done the following:
In November 2016, Interact Club members attended the Rotary Tea Party for members of the community of mature years, to help with welcoming the guests, serving tea, and clearing up afterwards.
They met the Mayor of Bexhill and his wife and the Rotary Club President, who thanked them for their help at the event. One lady in attendance called me over and said, ‘These wonderful young people challenge the bad perception older people might have about teenagers and are a credit to your school and their parents.’
Every Christmas, Interact Club enthuse every form group in the school to collect and pack shoe boxes of presents for children in Eastern European countries who, otherwise, would not receive gifts at Christmas. This is the annual ‘Love in a Box’ appeal for the Mustard Seed Charity.
Every year the Interact members try to ensure we collect as much as possible for this wonderful charity and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of each year group. In 2016 we collected a record breaking 434 boxes and donated £1278 to the Mustard Seed Charity.
For many years St Richard’s has raised money and organised hampers in support of ‘Surviving Christmas’.
In December 2016, pupils and their families were once again extremely generous and provided hampers filled with Christmas fayre including food, toiletries, gloves, scarves, socks, toys and games. £1,621.04 was also donated to help needy families. The organisers were absolutely delighted with the college’s contributions calling our pupils ‘champion fundraisers’ once again.
Throughout the year there are many other charity events organised by Personal Tutors and form groups or by whole year groups. These are reported in our termly newsletter.